Welcome to Bergen

All our international exchange students are strongly advised to participate in the Welcome Week in the beginning of each semester!

Pick up service

If you arrive in Bergen between 8 am and 10 pm we make sure that you are met upon arrival. Pre arrival, you will receive an email from our student assistant regarding arrival and pick-up information and about the buddy programme.

Buddy programme

The buddy programme is designed to make you feel welcome and at home during your stay at Bergen University College. As an exchange student you will be appointed a buddy if you wish so. He or she will pick you up when you arrive and take you to your place of accommodation. During your stay, your buddy will introduce you to the city of Bergen and include you in the regular campus life.

The buddy programme on Facebook.

Student assistant

The international office employs a student assistant. He or she is responsible for the buddy programme, the pick-up service, for organizing activities and for including our exchange students in student activities on campus. If you have any questions, need help in any way, or just want to have a chat, you can contact the her/him on studentassistant@hib.no.

Welcome week

All our international exchange students are strongly advised to participate in the Welcome Week in the beginning of each semester (mid-August and the beginning of January). The Welcome Week is a mix of lectures and social activities. It is an excellent opportunity for you to meet other newly arrived exchange students and receive important information and practical support.

Registration after arrival

Full degree students will receive a letter from HVL with information about time and place for registration. Exchange students must register during Welcome Week or at the Student Information Centre.

Registration with local authorities

International students who plan to stay in Norway for more than three months must make a preliminary online registration with the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) at https://selfservice.udi.no. (Note, special arrangements for Nordic nationals).

Upon arrival in Norway you will have to register with the Service Centre for Foreign Workers (SUA). Remember to bring the following documents:

  • Passport
  • Letter of Acceptance
  • Financial declaration
  • Health insurance card / valid health insurance

Excursion

If you are an exchange student we would like to offer you a sponsored weekend excursion in the area around Bergen. Our student assistant is responsible for planning the trip and it is very popular!