The Coronavirus – Information for Students and Employees

UiB welcome students from some European countries

- Our campus will be open and we look forward to welcoming as many students as possible to Bergen in the next year academic year, says Oddrun Samdal, Vice-Rector for Education at UiB.

Group of students in the streets
Eivind Senneset, UiB

The University of Bergen is planning to welcome students from some European countries for the autumn semester of 2020. This does not apply to clinical rotation at the Faculty of Medicine. 

Due to government restrictions exchange to Norway will only be possible for students from a limited number of countries, and for students whose exchange period has not been cancelled by their home university. 

According to the Norwegian authorities the government restrictions on entry into Norway will be lifted gradually during the summer for citizens of selected European countries. For updated information, see https://www.udi.no/en/about-the-corona-situation/

– The University of Bergen is strongly committed to international mobility and we are convinced of its importance for the students, says Samdal and points out that the university's main responsibility is to safeguard the students' health, and to insure optimal quality of their international experience in its academic, social and intercultural aspects, says Samdal.

Read more about inbound exchange autumn semester 2020

Exchange to and from outside of Europe will not be possible

Although the COVID-19 outbreak is under control in Norway, the government is cautioning against non-essential travel to and from Norway and the current travel advice is valid at least until 20th August.

– On these grounds it will not be possible to open for inbound mobility in the Autumn semester 2020 (August to December) for students coming from countries outside Europe, says Samdal.

– We know that this decision will be disappointing for many students who applied for exchange at our university this upcoming autumn, and we apologize for the inconvenience this might cause. It has been a very difficult decision to make, but it comes as a consequence of the imposed travel restrictions.