The Bergen University is publicly funded and therefore offers tuition-free education for Norwegians as well as students from both inside and outside EU/EEA/EFTA countries. The only student expenditures are a nominal semester fee (NOK 590) paid to the Student Welfare Organisation, books, and of course costs of living.
Cost of living
While Norway’s high quality of life goes hand-in-hand with a higher cost of living, the cost of living in Bergen is compensated for by benefits such as free education, quality health care, and ready access to the natural environment.
Despite Norway’s high living costs, students are able to manage well on reasonable budgets. An estimate of an average student budget in Norway is about NOK 10 400 per month (2016) for most expenses including housing, food, study materials, transport and activities. The following are approximations of common student costs:
- Single room student housing: NOK 3000
- Student bus card (one month): NOK 470
- Textbooks (one semester): NOK 1600-3500
- Dinner (student cafeteria): NOK 55-100
- Dinner (inexpensive restaurant: approx. NOK 120-160
- Cinema ticket: approx. NOK 120
- Semester fee: NOK 590
- Student membership for SiB training (one semester): NOK 1100
The University of Bergen does not offer any scholarships to students. Grants and scholarships are only available through short-term mobility programmes, such as the:
These grants or scholarships are usually awarded automatically to students admitted to the programme through their home institution.
In addition, Study in Norway presents an overview of scholarships and other types of funding for international students wishing to study in Norway.