Department of Foreign Languages

Students at the University of Bergen.


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

Research groups     Research Projects

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Implementing Norwegian Language Policy in China

How can the Norwegian two-form solution serve as a source of inspiration for resolving language conflicts in China?


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.

Academic Portrait
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Tapping into the Sociolinguistic Realities in China

Guowen Shang, Associate Professor of Chinese language, is currently studying sign languages – not languages with signs, but on signs. “The language signs are everywhere in our environment, but the language choices on the signs are determined by a range of social, economic, psychological and...

Exchange students
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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.

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Book Presentation

The book "Metacognition in Language Learning and Teaching", edited by professor Åsta Haukås, associate professor Camilla Bjørke and associate professor Magne Dypedahl was presented at the HF-building on Friday 24. August