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Semester Fee

Some of you have to pay a semester fee, currently NOK 590 per semester.

Who:All students, except exchange students
Where: In a bank/ online bank
When: Deadline 1 September/ 1 February
What you need: Payment information on Studentweb

Why pay the semester fee?

The public institutions of higher education in Norway do not charge tuition fees. Still, students must pay a semester fee to the Student Welfare Organisation (Sammen). Sammen is a non-profit organisation and the allocation of profits within the organisation finances other parts of Sammen's welfare services. Students automatically become members of Sammen when they pay the semester fee and get access to a range of welfare services, such as reasonably priced housing, sports, cafeterias, health and child care services, career and counselling services.

How much is the semester fee?

The semester fee is NOK 590,- (as of spring 2019). A part of the semester fee (NOK 40,-) is donated to the Norwegian Students' and Academics' International Assistance Fund (SAIH). If you for some reason do not wish to donate to SAIH, you can subtract NOK 40,- from the invoice amount and pay NOK 550,- (as of autumn 2015). If you wish to donate more, please visit the SAIH web site for more information.

If you have paid and want a refund, please see SAIH's online refund form.


Students on exchange programmes do not have to pay the semester fee. They are still entitled to the same services from Sammen through their exchange programme.

How do I pay the semester fee?

Find your invoice

Students who have to pay the fee have to:

  • Log on to Studentweb.
  • Choose Payments from the top left menu to display required payment information such as KID (customer ID-number), account number and amount.

Note: The correct KID must be used to ensure registration of the payment. A new KID will be given every semester.

Where do I pay the semester fee?

You can pay the fee with online banking. Alternatively you can bring the invoice to the payment counter in a bank or post office. Please note that banks and post offices require a small fee for payment of invoices.

Pay the semester fee from abroad

If you pay the semester fee from abroad, please include the information listed below. 

In addition to the invoice you will find on Studentweb, you will need the following numbers to pay the semester fee from abroad:

IBAN (int.acc.no): NO14 5201 0556082



  1. Include the purpose of the payment, for instance "Semester fee spring 2019".
  2. A part of the semester fee (NOK 40,-) is donated to the Norwegian Students' and Academics' International Assistance Fund (SAIH). If you for some reason do not wish to donate to SAIH, you can subtract NOK 40,- from the invoice amount and pay 550,-. 
  3. The banks usually take a small fee (often NOK 50,-). Make sure to add this to the total amount you pay. 
  4. Finally, send the reciept from your bank by email, and include your name and student number to semesteravgift@uib.no so that your payment will be registered in our system. 

Please be aware that if you pay from abroad it may take up to three weeks before the payent is registered on Studentweb.

Semester ree refund

You may apply for a refund if you paid the semester fee but will not be studying at UiB this semester.

You must make sure that

  • any course and evaluation registrations have been withdrawn, and notify your faculty that you have terminated your right to study at UiB 
  • you have been granted a leave of absence.

If you wish to apply for a refund of the semester fee, send an application stating the reason to semesteravgift@uib.no. You must include:

  • your bank account number
  • documentation of paid semester fee (semester receipt or bank statement)
  • your address

If you are applying for a refund due to paid semester fee to a different student welfare organization or because you will not be studying at UiB this semester, you must return the semester card and semester sticker (if you requested this) before the amount can be refunded. Send the semester card and semester sticker to:

Studieadministrativ avdeling
Universitetet i Bergen
P.O. Box 7800
5020 Bergen

Semester fee in case of leave of abscence or part-time studies

Leave of abscence

You are not required to pay the semester fee or register for the semester(s) for which you have been granted leave of abscence from studies. Students on parental leave may choose to pay the semester fee and register.

Part-time studies

The semester fee is the same for full and part time programmes. This also applies if you have been granted permission to study part time in a full time programme.

Semester fee payment not registered on StudentWeb

There is usually a delay of three days from the time you make the payment until it is registered on StudentWeb. When you pay from abroad it may take up to three weeks.

If you made the payment to the correct bank account number, but without the correct KID-number, this will normally be detected and solved after a short delay.

Notify UiB

If the payment has not been registered on StudentWeb a week or more after you have made the payment, you should notify UiB.

  • Scan the bank receipt or make a print screen of your online banking receipt page and send this to: semesteravgift@uib.no using your own student email.
  • Make sure to include your full name and student number.