Western Norway University of Applied Sciences – Bergen, Norway

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL) is one of the largest educational institutions in Norway, with about 17,000 students. HVL stretches over 5 campuses and 400 kilometers on the western coast of Norway, but specifically DMU students can spend a year on exchange at the Bergen campus.

A unique feature of the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL), is that they have made sustainability one of their three strategic priorities. The special UN SDG focused study programme for exchange students is ‘The Norwegian West Coast Educational Initiative on SDGs’ is a cooperation between the Department of Social Science, the Department of Maritime Studies and the Department of Business Administration at the Faculty of Business Administration and Social Sciences.

Programmes of study

DMU’s exchange agreement with HVL allows students enrolled on the following programmes to study abroad:

  • Business & Law – All Business, Management & Entrepreneurship courses

HVL offers a specific programme of study for all exchange students called: Sustainable Economics, Management and Innovations. The Faculty of Business Administration and Social Sciences is offering modules linked to ethics and sustainable development relevant to the delivery of the UN’s SDGs. DMU students are required to choose all of the following modules at the Bergin campus (subject to change but currently for 2023-24 academic year):

Autumn 2023

Spring 2024

Travel & accommodation

  • Travel – the nearest major airport is Bergen Airport, Flesland. A direct tram link connects the airport and city and takes around 40 minutes in total and costs around £3.50 one-way.
  • Accommodation – Exchange students seeking accommodation for a full year of study can find many different options in the city, and will be supported by Sammen, the student welfare organisation. For students there is a housing guarantee for those applying for a visa. More information on the guarantee can be found here.

Visas & insurance

  • Visas – To take part in this exchange you are responsible for ensuring that you meet Norwegain immigration requirements.
  • Insurance – All students are recommended to purchase travel insurance for the duration of their time in Europe to cover personal possessions and healthcare. UK and EU nationals can apply for a UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) which is time-limited to the length of the exchange period.


Living costs in Norway are higher than those in the UK. We recommend that you do further independent research to gain a better understanding of the cost of your year abroad. To help you, we have a created a simple cost comparison between the UK and Norway: