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Study Abroad Office

Montana State University
P.O. Box 172260
400 Culbertson Hall
Bozeman, MT 59717-2260


Heather Dolan - Study Abroad Program Assistant

Tel: (406) 994-7151


Anna Greenberg - Study Abroad Advisor and Outreach Coordinator

Tel: (406) 994-7151
Fax: (406) 994-1619


Susan Welker - Study Abroad Manager

Tel: (406) 994-5719
Fax: (406) 994-1619


Alyson Roberts - CCIS Advisor and Coordinator

Tel: (406) 994-7044
Fax: (406) 994-1619



Bergen, Norway Study Abroad Program
The University of Bergen
Country: Norway
Location: Bergen
Language: Norwegian, English
Level(s): Undergraduate and Graduate
Subjects: See Academic Program section
Length: Academic year or semester
Cost: MSU tuition plus room and board in the host country 
Deadline: March 1 for the following fall semester and academic year October 1 for the following spring semester

Program Overview

The Norwegian city of Bergen is surrounded by seven mountains and boasts nearly 1000 years experience in welcoming people from abroad. Bergen hosts the International Music Festival- the largest cultural event in Norway. Professional ballet ensembles and some of the best choirs in the country come to Bergen for the festival. The university has an enthusiastic jazz scene, a thriving music life, and a drummer-boy's brigade. With its 17,800 students and more than 2,500 staff, the University of Bergen is an urban university, with much of its campus close to the city center of Bergen. The university, colleges, theatre, concert-halls, museums and a series of art galleries make Bergen the center of culture for western Norway. There is always plenty to see and do in the city, making it popular with tourists at all times of the year.

Academic Program

Although the main language of instruction at the University of Bergen is Norwegian, many courses are also taught in English. For a list of classes offered in English, visit the following website Exchange students are also encouraged to learn some Norwegian. Additionally, the university arranges a 2-week Introductory Course free of charge for all international students before the beginning of the semester. This course includes basic information about the University and departments as well as lectures, excursions, basic language instruction, and practical information. The seven main departments at the University of Bergen are Arts, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Law, Psychology, Medicine and Dentistry.

Language of Instruction

Most courses are taught in Norwegian, however many are taught in English as well. Norwegian language courses are offered to exchange students.


Students who have completed one full academic year of university level work at MSU with a 3.0 GPA by the time they begin studies at the University of Bergen are eligible.

Photo: Nina Aldin


Academic Credit

Credit will be awarded at MSU for all courses taken and passed at the University of Bergen. The student's academic advisor at MSU and the MSU Registrar, in consultation with the Office of International Programs, will determine how these credits will apply to degree course requirements. Successful study at the University of Bergen satisfies MSU's Multicultural/Global core curriculum requirement. Students are urged to work closely with these offices prior to departure to plan a course of studies which will maintain steady progress toward their degree.


Norway, a Scandinavian country, is located to the west of Sweden, in the Northeast corner of Europe. Situated on the mountainous western coast of Norway, Bergen is set in a natural marine harbor between steep, forested mountains and the waters of the Puddefjorde. Bergen is a favorable destination as it serves as a gateway for visits to the beautiful Norwegian fjords. Spectacular views and long summer days make fjord country irresistible for travelers to Bergen. The city of Bergen is unique in terms of its location, history, culture, and infrastructure. The university buildings are intricately woven into the geographical, historical, and cultural framework of the city. With a compact downtown, most attractions can be reached on foot. Bergen also hosts a number of annual international festivals in music, arts, and film including the Bergen International Festival.

Cost and Included Benefits

Students receiving exchange placements at the University of Bergen will pay tuition at MSU in the same amount as if studying in Bozeman. Each student is responsible for his/her room and board at the University of Bergen, as well as trans-Atlantic travel expenses. Several scholarships are available for students planning to study abroad. For more information regarding study abroad scholarships, please contact Anna Greenberg( in the Office of International Programs.

Financial Aid

Financial aid may be available for study abroad at the University of Bergen. Additional costs for study at the University of Bergen (e.g. travel to and from the study site) may be used in calculating student's financial aid package. Students are responsible to apply to the Office of Financial Aid. 


Applications are available in the Office of International Programs at 400 Culbertson Hall for all majors except Business.


Applications are due in the Office of International Programs on October 1 for the following spring semester and March 1 for the following fall semester and academic year.


Additional Information

For additional information about studying in Norway, contact:

Anna Greenberg
Study Abroad Advisor
Office of International Programs
400 Culbertson Hall
Phone: 994-7151

Jerry Coffey
Associate Professor
English Department
Phone: 994-5327