Incoming exchange students

Have you considered an exchange period at a fine art or design programme? Each semester we welcome about 15 international exchange students through our Erasmus, Nordplus and bilateral agreements.

Please note that Bergen Academy of Art and Design (KHiB) has merged with the University of Bergen 1 January 2017. The academy has accordingly formed a Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design at the university, together with the Grieg Academy – Department of Music. Please note that the nomination procedures and application dates for incoming exchange are slightly changed from 2017, and you will find some general information here.

Please note that we will only consider applicants from partner institutions.

Course information
If you are a prospective exchange student, we recommend that you give thorough attention to the study plan of the programme you are interested in. You find the programme descriptions in the sidebar menu. The study plans provide a general overview of the content and structure of the programmes. Specific information on courses, projects, seminars and other teaching activities will be available through the University of Bergen course catalogue.

Academic Calendar
Autumn semester:  Appr.  10 August - appr. 15 December
Spring semester:  Appr. 5 January - appr. 20 June

How to apply
Prospective exchange students must submit an application including

  • a letter of motivation
  • a portfolio of work samples
  • a brief CV
  • transcript of records in English or Scandinavian language
  • passport or national ID card

There are no specific portfolio requirements, applicants are free to choose media and content. Please note that MA level applicants are expected to define his/her own independent artistic project in the motivation letter.

Nomination deadlines
15 April (autumn term)
1 October (spring term)

Application deadlines
1 May (autumn term)
15 October (spring term)

Complete your application by uploading the required documents on Søknadsweb. Without the required documents we cannot consider you for admission.


Language requirements
English and Norwegian will be used in the classes, and tutoring will be offered in English and Norwegian. As teaching is often project based and involves small group or individual tutorials international students are easily integrated and included. Because many staff members are non-Norwegian, English is commonly used.