Department of Foreign Languages


Phone: + 47 55 58 60 40

E-mail: post@if.uib.no 

Visit us: HF-bygget, Sydnesplassen 7 (map)

Mail: Department of Foreign Languages, Postbox 7805, N-5020 Bergen, NORWAY

The Department of Foreign Languages offers degrees in nine languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish. Our courses open windows on the languages, literatures and cultures of large parts of the globe. Students from this department go abroad on exchange to universities on every continent, making this one of the most international departments at the University of Bergen. Our researchers work on a broad range of topics – from Shakespeare to language and the climate debate, language attitudes in present-day Latin America, and the interface between literature and natural science. Graduates in foreign languages enter many different types of professions. The department has its own teacher training programme, provides online further education in several subjects, and even offers a degree in Language and Intercultural Communication.

Arabic     Chinese     English     French     German     Italian     Japanese     Russian     Spanish language and Latin America     Language and Intercultural Communication

Research groups     Research Projects


Language, culture and society

Language not only reflects and expresses facts and observations, it also influences attitudes and behaviour and is a vital component of the cultural prerequisites underlying societal development.


“You can’t Separate Poetry from Propaganda“

- You can’t separate the poet from the fascist. Everything should be read together, says Andrea Rinaldi, PhD candidate at the Department of Foreign Languages at UiB.

Exchange students

Tunis meets Bergen

“I’m in love with Bergen”, says one of the five Tunisian exchange students that the Department of Foreign Languages has welcomed this spring semester.


How paintings influenced Shakespeare

Professor Stuart Sillars is offering a new way of looking at Shakespeare’s plays in his new book, Shakespeare and the Visual Imagination.


My Mentor & I: Kjersti Fløttum & Øyvind Gjerstad

The collaboration between Professor Kjersti Fløttum and Associate Professor Øyvind Gjerstad started when Øyvind was Kjersti's student. Now the two work together on a project about the role of language in the climate change debate.