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University of Bergen

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  1. University of Bergen Bergen, Norway Founded 1946

  2. Where is it? • 500 km west of Oslo • About 1,000 km northeast of London • “Gateway to the Fjords” - one of Norway’s most popular tourist attractions • Sits between the North and Norwegian Seas

  3. About University of Bergen • Student population: 14,359 • 3,000 graduates each year • Degrees: undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, professional • One of 8 universities in Norway • Ranks 135st of all universities in the world, according to Times Higher Education

  4. About University of Bergen • Science-based background, now an internationally-recognized research university • Over 500 on-campus laboratories • Strong focus in northern marine life research, health sciences, and global issues • Also houses a humanities department and law school

  5. Courses Offered • Many classes are designed for exchange students and taught in English. • Undergraduate exchange students can take classes in: humanities and aesthetic studies, social sciences, law and psychology, natural sciences, and pedagogy. • Graduate or doctoral students can also take courses in health and welfare. • Course listings can be found here: http://www.uib.no/education/studies/courses-for-exchange-students#natural

  6. Grading Policy Symbol Description General, qualitative description of evaluation criteria: • A Excellent An excellent performance, clearly outstanding. The candidate demonstrates excellent judgment and a high degree of independent thinking. • B Very good A very good performance. The candidate demonstrates sound judgment and a very good degree of independent thinking. • C Good A good performance in most areas. The candidate demonstrates a reasonable degree of judgment and independent thinking in the most important areas. • D Satisfactory A satisfactory performance, but with significant shortcomings. The candidate demonstrates a limited degree of judgment and independent thinking. • E Sufficient A performance that meets the minimum criteria, but no more.The candidate demonstrates a very limited degree of judgment and independent thinking. • F Fail A performance that does not meet the minimum academic criteria. The candidate demonstrates an absence of both judgment and independent thinking

  7. How to Apply • The application form for all exchange students i available between the 1st of September through the 15th of October each year for students wanting to study in the Spring. It is available from March 15th – May 15th for students wanting to to study in the fall.

  8. Academic Calendar • Semester system • The Autumn Semester:Lasts 19 weeks from week 33 (mid August) to week 5 • The Spring Semester:Lasts 21 weeks from week 2 (early part of January) to week 24

  9. Introductory Programme Each semester starts with a program for all incoming international students • Free of charge • Helps finalize details of your study • Lets you meet other students

  10. Cost of Attendance • Tuition is paid directly to K-State • Only charge from the University of Bergen is the Student Welfare fee of 470 Norwegian Krone (about 81 USD) • The average student pays about 9080 NOK per month while in school (1570 USD) which will cover travel, housing, books, social activities, food, and clothing

  11. Housing • Exchange students are guaranteed a single room in a student home • Must apply within application period and use your unique reservation code • For the Autumn semester apply online between April 1st and May 15th • For the Spring semester apply online between October 1st and November 1st • The most affordable rooms are in the student hostels

  12. Residence Permit • Required for all U.S. students wanting to stay in Norway for more than three months • Must be obtained prior to arrival in Norway • Contact the university if you need assistance or go to the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration’s webpage

  13. What to Bring • Must have a valid passport and a visitor’s visa to show upon arrival to Norway • Electrical outlets in Norway are different from those in the U.S. Pack atwo-pin continental adapter.

  14. What to Bring • Weather in Norway is variable, so bring clothes you can layer • Winter: heavy coat, gloves, hat, scarf, and boots are musts • Spring/Autumn: waterproof boots, umbrella • Summer: lighter clothes, jacket for evenings

  15. What to Bring • Camera – Bergen is one of the most scenic cities in Norway • Pictures and small keepsakes from home • Journal or computer to blog about all of your adventures • Cash to exchange once you get to the airport for bus fees

  16. Staying Connected • Bergen is 7 hours ahead of Kansas • The university offers free internet so bring a laptop to skype, email, chat, and Facebook friends and family back home • Send your friends and family postcards or your own snapshots so they can see your adventures

  17. Getting to Bergen • Fly into Oslo International Airport and take the scenic Bergen Line train to the Bergen train station • Fly into Bergen Airport Flesland and take the airport shuttle to the city centre

  18. Traveling from Bergen • Bergen Airport Flesland has connections to major European cities including Copenhagen, Amsterdam, and London • From these, you can explore all of Europe!

  19. Traveling within Bergen • Student Periodic Travel Card lets you ride the city’s buses and light rail free of charge • Cycling is common on campus and around town • Taxis are available but are very pricey

  20. Eating in Bergen • Norwegian food includes lots of seafood • Salmon, cod, herring, and mackerel are all common • Fish are smoked, fresh, salted, or pickled • Crabs, prawns, and mussels are also consumed

  21. Eating in Bergen • Due to its mountains, game is also a staple in Norwegian cuisine • Reindeer, duck, and moose are favorites • Whale meat is considered a delicacy in some areas • Traditional European and American dishes are also available

  22. Life in Bergen • Population: 256,000 • Climate: oceanic, humid • Weather: rains daily, highs in July reach around around 16 degrees celcius, highs in January are around 1 degree celcius

  23. Things to Do in Bergen • Tour the Hanseatic Museum – located in the world-famous, 900-year old Bryggen waterfront strip • Visit the Bergen Fish Market • Check out the Bergen Art Museum, Aquarium, and Science Centre

  24. Things to do around Bergen • Sail the Norwegian Fjords • Hike or ski in the surrounding mountains • Cruise the neighboring islands • Tour the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo • Visit the Arctic Circle

  25. HAVE FUN!!! Studying Abroad is a life-changing experience. No matter where you decide to study you will have a blast! GOOD LUCK!