Bergen, Norway (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
The Grieg Academy (University of Bergen)
Bergen, NorwayProgram Highlights
The Grieg Academy is a high-caliber music conservatory based at the University of Bergen, an internationally recognized public university located in the city of Bergen on Norway’s Southwestern coast. The Grieg Academy offers Loyola students studying Jazz Performance or Classical Performance the opportunity to experience living in Europe while continuing their studies at an international conservatory with full-time and guest faculty from across Europe and the US, many of whom teach in English.
With a population of 235,000, Bergen is Norway’s second largest city, known for its natural beauty and vibrant cultural scene. The city center is compact and surrounded by mountains and fjords.
This program is for Jazz Performance or Classical Performance students only.
Loyola students at the Grieg Academy will enroll in courses for the international diploma in performance or composition. Students are also able to take some undergraduate courses outside of music.
Undergraduate courses outside of music can be found here: http://www.uib.no/en/education/50052/courses-exchange-students
All jazz and classical faculty are capable of teaching in English so students’ classes would be in English. The website above with non-music courses includes courses taught in English at the University of Bergen. The courses are full-year courses, but Loyola students can enroll for one semester.
Students can study Norwegian as part of the program or in a pre-semester class in July: http://www.uib.no/en/lle/30674/norwegian-language-courses .
Credits and Grading
Courses are typically one-year courses for 30 ECTS credits (15 credits at Loyola) and incorporate content that is normally included over several courses at Loyola. Loyola students can enroll for one semester and receive 15 ECTS credits per semester (7.5 credits at Loyola).
Fall Semester: mid-August through mid-December
Spring Semester: January through mid-June
Before the fall semester, the University of Bergen has an Introductory Programme for all new students that is an excellent way to meet other students and get introduced to the university and the city. Loyola students are required to participate.
Finances and Budgeting
Please refer to BUDGET SHEET for the appropriate term. Typically fall and spring terms are estimated to cost the same. A full year is estimated to be double the cost of spring.
Housing and Meals
Loyola students attending the Grieg Academy live are guaranteed a single room in a student home as long as they apply within the deadline. Information on housing can be found at: http://www.sib.no/en/housing/international-students
Can be found in: ISEP Country Handbook for Norway
Grieg Academy International Exchange Webpage
US State Department: Norway Travel Guide
Lonely Planet Travel Guide for Bergen and the Western Fjords
Exploring Bergen Video
last updated 7/14/2017