How to finance your studies

UiB is a publicly funded university and offers quality education for all students. However, the present government are considering introducing tuition fees.

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Expenses for students

As of now, the only student expenditure is a nominal semester fee of NOK 590 (USD 65) paid to the Student Welfare Organisation, but you will of course also need money for accommodation, food, study materials, recreation and other living expenses. You should plan to have approximately NOK 128 887 (USD 12 863) per year to cover the cost of living in Bergen.  

Please note that the Norwegian government has proposed introduction of tuition fees for students from countries outside the EU/EEA/EFTA, effective autumn semester 2023, in addition to the NOK 128 887 (USD 12 863) per year. Please read the info box at the right side of this page for more information. The estimated amount and other details are not available by now.


The University of Bergen does not offer any scholarships.

The website Study in Norway presents an overview of scholarships and other types of funding for international students who would like to study in Norway.

Exchange students may find available scholarships through their home university, through programmes such as Erasmus+ and Nordplus. Contact your home university for more information.

Documentation of funding if you are from a country outside the EU/EEA/EFTA

You must document sufficient funding in your application for a study permit to the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration. Applicants to UiB are therefore required to document funding in their application for admission.

Most students will finance all or most of their living costs with a student loan from their home country, with savings, or with support from a sponsor or relatives.

Part-time job

Depending on your nationality, you will have different rules to consider if you plan to work part-time in Norway while studying:

  • Students from countries in the European Union or EEA/EFTA can work in Norway after officially registering your move to Norway, and there are no other limitations.
  • Students from countries outside the European Union or EEA/EFTA, can normally work part-time for up to 20 hours per week, during the first year of study. In the holidays, when you do not study, you can work full-time. When renewing the residence permit for the second/third year, the part-time work permit is not automatically renewed, and you must document satisfactory progress in your studies in order to continue to work part-time.

Finding a job can be challenging, but realistic expectations and understanding the local job market will increase your chances.