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Norwegian cityscape

The historical land of fjords and Vikings, Norway has a rich history that has contributed to its current position as one of the most developed countries in the world. An economic powerhouse with close ties to both the EU and its fellow Scandanavian countries, Norway offers not only itself, but Europe and the world, as well.

BC Programs - Semester & Academic Year

BC students wishing to study abroad in Norway have the opportunity to attend the University of Bergen, an institution with strong academic faculties, particularly marine and environmental sciences.

Speak to an OIP Advisor

In preparation for your study abroad in Norway, you will work with a Boston College OIP Advisor who specializes in this country and in BC's programs there. Your advisor will help guide you through the application and pre-departure process, as well as act as your main contact with BC while abroad. Your advisor is Victoria Garcia. To schedule an appointment , please click here.


Currency in Norway

The Norwegian krone is most often represented either as Nkr (preceding the number), NOK (preceding the number) or simply kr (following the amount).

It is important to remember that krone and US dollars are not equal, however, and students should consult a currency conversion calculator.


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Current Events & News Resources

In preparation for your time in Norway, you should familiarize yourself with the current events and contemporary issues facing the Norwegian state. By knowing about your host country before you arrive, you are making yourself a more informed traveler, a more receptive student and a better prepared individual. It is also helpful to know about your host country so you can pack correctly. Following these and other news sources will be of great value in preparing you for your time abroad.


Language & Customs

Although English instruction is widespread in the Norwegian educational system, the official language of Norway and the one spoken primarily by most of the population is Norwegian. Students should be prepared to immerse themselves in the Norwegian language.

Norwegian customs may be very different than many in the United States. It is best to familiarize yourself with acceptable practices before you arrive in the country. Some tips for successful cultural integration may be found here.


Visa Information

A residence permit is required for students during their stay in Norway. All international students and personnel need a residence permit if they intend to stay in Norway for more than three months. As a general rule, the residence permit should be applied for and granted before the student arrives. With the "Letter of Acceptance to the University of Bergen" students are ready to start the procedures for applying for a visa/residence permit to Norway. This should be done immediately by contacting the nearest Norwegian consular authority as it may take at least 6-8 weeks to get a residence permit. The certified copy of the acceptance letter should accompany your application.

For further information provided by the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration, click here.

UiB will provide you with further details in your acceptance package.