How to finance your studies

UiB offers tuition-free quality education for all students.

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UiB is publicly funded and therefore offers tuition-free education for all students, regardless of citizenship.

Expenses for students

The only student expenditure is a nominal semester fee of NOK 590 (USD 65) paid to the Student Welfare Organisation, but you will also need money for accommodation, food, study materials, recreation and other living expenses.

You should plan to have approximately NOK 126 357 (USD 13 760) per year to cover the cost of living in Bergen.

Make a plan

Early on in the application process you should make a plan on how you will finance your living costs while you study. It is your responsibility to have a realistic plan where you have sufficient funding to be able to study full-time during the semesters.

Special considerations if you are from a country not in the EU/EEA/EFTA

You must document sufficient funding in your application for a study permit to the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration. If you can't, you will not be granted a permit. Applicants to UiB are therefore required to document funding in their application for admission.

Funding from home

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

Part-time job

It's possible to combine studies with part-time work, but you should not plan to fund your living costs solely by finding a part-time job in Norway. If you do, you may find it challenging to participate in extracurricular activities and make the most of your time as a student in Bergen.

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 don’t 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.


UiB does not offer any scholarships, and we encourage you to plan accordingly.

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

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