Department of Foreign Languages

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Students at the University of Bergen.


Phone: + 47 55 58 23 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.

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UiB Event on China
The Lantern Festival at the Yu’yuan Gardens in Shanghai, China. Each lantern has a riddle on it.
May 11

Engaging China (Symposium 2022)

Public debate on China and relations between Western democracies and the People’s Republic have become more tense and polarized in recent years. China is ascending to become the world’s leading economic power and its global political influence is on the rise. What challenges does this pose for...

Digital Lecture Series
Europe China Forum

Europe-China Relations

This spring six outstanding and internationally renowned historians will share their knowledge and insights in the lecture series "Europe-China Relations: National Perspectives on Relations with China in Challenging Times."

Outstanding Younger Researcher
Laura Saetveit Miles mottar Meltzerprisen for yngre forskere

Prestigious Prize to Medieval scholar

Researcher of medieval English literature, Laura Saetveit Miles, is awarded the University of Bergen's Meltzer Prize for Outstanding Younger Researcher 2020.

Academic Portrait
Photo of Guowen Shang

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
Picture of three students

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.