Choosing Courses

Unsure of which courses to apply for or how many? Read on for essential info.

Essentials when planning your exchange

Explore the information in the tabs below and discuss your options with your home university before you apply.

Normal workload

30 ECTS credits in total per semester

The normal workload per semester for a full-time student is 30 ECTS credits in Norway, and we recommend students to plan for approximately this amount of credits per semester.

Requirements from home university

Your home university decides how many credits you must complete each semester and how you must go about to get your exchange at UiB approved as a part of your degree. It is therefore important that you discuss your study plan with the exchange coordinator at your home university when you plan your exchange stay.

Requirements from UiB

You do not have to ask UiB for permission to take courses that amount to more, or less, than 30 ECTS credits per semester, as long as you have agreed on this with your home university.

Open courses vs. Courses that require faculty approval

There are two categories of courses:

  • Courses that require faculty approval, and
  • Open courses (faculty approval not required).

Require faculty approval: Many courses require faculty approval, and you will find the most relevant information in each course description, especially under recommended and required previous knowledge. The relevant faculty/department will consider whether you can be accepted to the course in the application process, or you will have to get approval later.

Open courses: The lists below (open courses autumn/spring) are extracts from the course list, and they list only the open courses to make it easier for you to quickly get an overview of these courses. These courses are open for all exchange students, but we expect that you check that you have the recommended previous knowledge yourself.

Apply for the courses you plan to take

Apply for all the courses you plan to take, also open courses. That way all the courses you are admitted to will be listed in your study plan when you sign up for courses online in December/January.

Open courses - Spring semester 2018

Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design

Faculty of Humanities

Faculty of Social Science

Taking courses at more than one faculty

Yes, it's possible!

You can apply for courses at different faculties, but make sure you check if the courses you are interested in have required or recommended previous knowledge. Also, when you sign up for courses online in December/January, make sure to check the schedules in order to have enough time to get from one campus to another.


You can only take courses in the subject areas listed below if you are nominated for exchange through an exchange agreement in those specific subject areas:

  • Medicine (including clinical rotation)
  • Dentistry (including clinical rotation)
  • Music - performance and composition
  • Fine Art
  • Design

Locations of our campuses

The City Campus

The faculties of mathematics and natural sciences, social sciences, psychology, humanities, law and the Grieg Academy - Department of Music are all located in the city centre, within walking distance from each other.

The Møllendal Campus (Fine Art and Design)

Most of our new Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design (except the Grieg Academy) is located in Møllendal. If you are to take courses in Møllendal and the city centre, make sure you have enough time between your lectures to get from one campus to the other.

The Health Campus

The Faculty of Medicine is located at our health campus at Årstadvollen, close to the Haukeland University Hospital. If you are to take courses at Årstadvollen and in the city campus area, make sure you have enough time between your lectures to get from one campus to the other.

See our Arrival and directions page for more information about how to get around on campus.

Third cycle/PhD students

Third cycle students may take courses at master level or have individual research or training components if you have found a supervisor at UiB before our application deadline.

To indicate that you have arranged an individual study plan with UiB staff in your application, choose Thesis or Project instead of courses, depending on your plans. Please email us the name of your UiB supervisor when you have completed your application.

Faculty specific information

Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design (KMD)

Open courses offered: Yes, see the lists above.

Special considerations

  • You will only be considered for admission to study Fine Art, Design, and Music Performance/Composition, if you are nominated through an exchange agreement in these subject areas.
  • Most courses for exchange students in fine art, music and design are not advertised in the course list. Read about what you can study in these subject areas before you apply.
  • If you are an applicant to Fine Art, Design, or Music Performance/Composition, you are required to submit additional documentation.

Faculty of Humanities (HF)

Open courses offered: Yes, see the lists above.

Special considerations

  • English courses:
  • Norwegian language courses:
    • Apart from the Short Introductory Course in Norwegian language and culture, HF also offers Norwegian language courses (NOR-UXX) to students studying Scandinavian/Nordic studies at their home university.
    • It is not possible to apply for a Norwegian language course only. You must apply for at least one other course/course option in your application.

Faculty of Law (JUR)

Open courses offered: None.

General information about courses offered at this faculty.

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (MATNAT)

Open courses offered: None.

Special considerations

Many of the courses in natural sciences have field trips, lab work etc. and therefore have limited capacity and an earlier sign up deadline for some of their courses.

This faculty may offer additional courses that you can only apply for in August/January, after arrival.

Faculty of Medicine (MED)

Open courses offered: None.

Special considerations

  • You can only take courses in the subject areas of Medicine and Dentistry (including clinical rotation) if you are nominated through an exchange agreement in these subject areas.
  • Students in medicine should read the faculty's information to exchange students.

Faculty of Psychology (PSYFA)

Open courses offered: None.

Faculty of Social Sciences (SV)

Open courses offered: Yes, see the lists above.

Overview of all faculties, departments and centres.