International Researchers at UiB

Dual career services - spouses/partners

We are in the process of developing more services for spouses/partnes of international employees at UiB through our dual career services.

 Learning Norwegian

Spouses and partners of the international researchers employed at the university (100 % position for at least 6 months) can attend Norwegian courses (free of charge). The application procedure is more and less the same as for employees. For more information about the application process and the course see: language course

Why you should learn Norwegian:

- Speaking and understanding Norwegian is a requirement for many jobs in Norway, for studying at the same terms as Norwegians, and for applying for permanent resident permit. 

- Most of the information directed towards people as members of the community will only be available in Norwegian. Knowing Norwegian will give you access to information that is good to know like changes of opening hours or timetables, activities in the neighborhood or for reading local newspapers.

- Moving to a new country can be fun and exciting, but also have many challenges. When moving in connection with a job you will normally be included into the system at work fast - you will meet colleagues, clients, leaders etc., but accompanying someone may be a more lonely experience. If you start at the Norwegian course, you can meet people in a similar situation as yourself, so it can be a good place to meet new friends.


The international researcher (employees and guests of the university) and the family members can attend the INN-club at the Bergen chamber of commerce and industry for free. There is usually one meeting a month (except during the summer months) in the INN-club.  Here you find information about the INN-club, but please notice that we do not offer tha additional services from the INN Service center.



Spouses of employees can study at the University, but have to follow the same rules for enrolment as any other person. For more information about application procedure, student life and other relevant information: http://www.uib.no/education

If you have questions regarding courses, programmes or PhD, you can get additional information at: http://www.uib.no/education/contact-us/academic-counselling

For some, it may also be a good idea to consider studies at open universities, becoming an online student instead of waiting for passing the language requirements for being accepted at a Norwegian university. There are many open universities available, here are some:
The Open University UK    Open University Malaysia     Open University Catalonia 



The residence permit for a spouse usually allows working. However it is not easy finding a job. Read more about it here:
General information regarding dual careers.   Information from the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Service’s (NAV): How to find a job.

The most available jobs for people who are not fluent in Norwegian are usually unskilled jobs, like cleaning, kindergartens assistance, working in supermarkets etc. For some, this could be a possibility to practice and improve their Norwegian skills, and to get valuable Norwegian references when applying for other jobs (Norwegian employers like to check references, but would hesitate to call abroad to speak to your former boss), in addition, having a job usually provide a social network for people.

Getting a job as a substitute is usually a good possibility for getting a foot into the job market. So, it is recommend that a job seeker register at some of the recruitment agencies

For some, volunteering at different activities would give them much the same benefits as a job (possibility to improve language skills, a social network), except the salary. Here are some links for volunteer work:


http://www.bymisjon.no/no/B yer/V elkommeniB Ii -fri villig/






The information centre for tourism, culture and experiences for Bergen and surroundings  is located at the Fisn Market in the center of the city. Here you can find brochures, buy excursions and much more.




KODE is a combination of museums and hosts art, different kind of old objects and houses of musicians as Edvard Grieg or Ole Bull

Alvøen Manor

is a Manor an old paper factory that belonged to the Fasmer family from the middle of the 1700. They started the paper factory at 1797 and was closed down in 1981 and is now a legacy of the family turned into a museum house. The surroundings are idyllic for walks and retains the charm of the charm and calm of the past.