About us

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL) is one of the largest educational institutions in the country, with about 16,500 students.

Every year around 3000 candidates graduate from HVL and contribute to important societal missions in companies, organizations and other parts of working life. 

HVL stretches over 5 campuses and 400 kilometers on the western coast of Norway. The university offers a broad range of academic programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD levels.

We have strong and innovative professional environments within health- and social sciences, engineering, teacher education, maritime sciences, nature sciences, culture and sports, social sciences, economics and management.

HVL has a clear professional-oriented profile. Through education, research and development we create new knowledge and expertise, anchored internationally and with solutions that work locally.


Knowledge that shapes people and society


Students at undergraduate and postgraduate level have access to high quality exchange opportunities abroad and staff-mobility is encouraged.

Quick facts

  • Approximately 16,500 students and 1750 staff
  • Five campuses: Bergen, Førde, Haugesund, Sogndal and Stord
  • Gunnar Yttri is rector from 2020 to 2024
  • Our goal is to become a professional and career-oriented university
  • HVL has three faculties