University Cities – Bergen, Norway

Bergen in Norway is known for its spectacular beauty. Surrounded by mountains and fjords the city has a cosmopolitan population. The city is also known for the funicular that takes you up the Floyen mountain for a birds eye view. Colourful houses and friendly people are a hallmark of this city.

As previously mentioned, Norway understands the need for immigration to support its economy and the ageing population. The country overall has a population comprising immigrants by nearly 17 percent. Oslo has the most and other cities a little less or a little more than the overall 17 percent. Thus many of the foreign students who come to study in the country also build their lives here.

Same as in most parts of Norway, hiking is one of the major activities in Bergen. After all it is surrounded by mountains and this is one way the locals keep fit.

Historical wooden district Bryggen in Bergen

Bergen is also one of the rainiest cities in the country. It rains about 230 days out of a year mostly mildly except in September and October. This is offset by the colourful homes that create a lively atmosphere and the people of this city are surely good natured. It is also among the cities in the Northern Europe that has a fairly good climate overall with mild summers and the winter temperatures rarely going below -10 degrees.

Don’t be surprised if you see a cute red deer eating away at the roses and apples in someone’s backyard and also don’t be surprised if the homeowner comes out and shoots the deer dead. Overpopulation of red deer has become a nuisance and many of these beautiful animals wander into the city. The Norwegians are mostly meateaters and an average person in Norway eats over 1200 animals in his or her lifetime. These include cows, bulls, pigs, deer, reindeer and horses.

As usual, we would request you to go through the websites of each of the public universities and you’re sure to find a course most suited to you.

University of Bergen

Official website

Western Norway University of Applied sciences

Official website

Norwegian School of Economics

Official website

Bergen National Academy of Arts
Official website

Cost of Living

While living in Bergen do budget for about 1100 $ per month towards your monthly expenses. As previously stated in our article on Oslo, education is virtually free in Norway, including for foreigners.

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