Planning your arrival
Plan your arrival and get ready to study at UiB.
There are a number of things you need to attend to before moving to another country to live and study. We have tried to address a few of the most urgent issues to take into consideration.
1. Immigration tasks
- Guidelines for EU/EEA citizens
- Guidelines for Non-EU/EEA citizens
- Exemptions for Nordic citizens and students staying in Norway (or the Schengen area) for less than three month
2. Travel and health insurance
Make sure that you have valid travel and health insurance.
3. Book flights
Before you buy your tickets:
- Take a look at UiB's semester dates.
- Book your flight to arrive in time for the Welcome programme.
- If you have exams at your home university which overlap with the semester dates at UiB, you may be able to sit your exam(s) at UiB.
- Students staying at Sammen Housing can pick up their key from 2 January. Please check our Arrival and directions information.
4. Officially register as a student at UiB
Register at Studentweb
You will receive registration guidelines by email around early December. We recommend that you begin your registration process as early as possible.
Remember to be aware of general and course specific deadlines.
5. What to pack
Familiarise yourself with Norwegian customs and regulations.
Full degree students must bring documentation of official original transcripts and diploma for final verification by UiB.
Items that may be needed during your stay:
- Bedding: Duvet, sheets, pillow cases
- Towel(s), washcloths and standard toiletries.
- Practical clothes: Bring layers. Raingear and temperate and cold weather clothing should be emphasized. Norwegians tend to dress in a practical, sporty and/or casual way.
- Pratical shoes: Waterproof and comfortable shoes are ideal. Hiking boots often come in handy.
- Textbooks: Take a look at this blog post from our international student blogger.
- Up-to-date prescription glasses if needed (bring a backup pair if possible).
- Necessary medications: If applicable, have your doctor give you a copy of prescriptions you have to fill regularly, so you can pass them along to a Norwegian doctor and then get them filled in Norway.
Other packing tips:
What to expect and ways to prepare
- Join our Facebook group UiB International Students 2019/2020 and connect with other students.
- Nice to know about studying in Bergen (UiB website)
- Arrival and directions (UiB website)
- Getting around Bergen (UiB website)
- Settling into Bergen (international student blog)
- Online weather service
- Norwegian culture from an international student's perspective (international student blog)
- Study Bergen (network organisation)
- Students staying at Fantoft (UiB website)