We cannot provide a spouse with a job, but we can offer support through Norwegian language courses for free, possibilities for networking and a few advices of how to find work in Bergen.
Spouses of international researchers who are employees of the university (100 % position for at least 6 months) are invited to attend Norwegian courses (free of charge) at the university. The application procedure is the same for employee and spouse, and you can find more information about it here: language course (application form at the bottom of this page).
INN-club and Spouse Club
The international researcher (employees and guests of the university) and the family members can attend the INN-club at the Bergen chamber of commerce and industry for free. There is usually one meeting a month (except during the summer months) in the INN-club. There is also a spouse club with more irregular meetings, but please be informed that the meetings and activities are sent out well in advance. Here you find information about the INN-club, but please notice that we do not offer tha additional services from the INN Service center.
Spouses of employees can study at the University, but have to follow the same rules for enrolment as any other person. For more information about application procedure, student life and other relevant information: http://www.uib.no/education
If you have questions regarding courses, programmes or PhD, you can get additional information at: http://www.uib.no/education/contact-us/academic-counselling
For some, it may also be a good idea to consider studies at open universities, becoming an online student instead of waiting for passing the language requirements for being accepted at a Norwegian university. There are many open universities available, here are some:
The Open University UK Open University Malaysia Open University Catalonia
The residence permit for a spouse usually allows working. However it is not easy finding a job. Read more about it here:
General information regarding dual careers. Information from the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Service’s (NAV): How to find a job.
The most available jobs for people who are not fluent in Norwegian are usually unskilled jobs, like cleaning, kindergartens assistance, working in supermarkets etc. For some, this could be a possibility to practice and improve their Norwegian skills, and to get valuable Norwegian references when applying for other jobs (Norwegian employers like to check references, but would hesitate to call abroad to speak to your former boss), in addition, having a job usually provide a social network for people.
Getting a job as a substitute is usually a good possibility for getting a foot into the job market. So, it is recommend that a job seeker register at some of the recruitment agencies
For some, volunteering at different activities would give them much the same benefits as a job (possibility to improve language skills, a social network), except the salary. Here are some links for volunteer work: