Placeholder image for Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

4.3 out of 5 (11 ratings / 10 reviews) Bergen, Norway
Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL) is one of the largest educational institutions in the country, with about 17,000 students.

Master's Programmes

Engineering & Technology (3)
Business & Management (2)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Medicine & Health (1)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)



HVL was formed through a merger between Bergen University College, Sogn og Fjordane University College and Stord/Haugesund University College on January 1 2017.


  • Western Norway University of Applied Sciences offers Master’s degree programmes in Climate Change Management, Fire Safety, Healthy Ageing and Rehabilitation, Maritime Operations, and Software Engineering.
  • Students at undergraduate and postgraduate level have access to high quality exchange opportunities abroad and staff-mobility is encouraged.


We develop new knowledge that contributes to solving the challenges of society from a sustainable perspective. Our professional and working life-oriented profile govern the knowledge and expertise we develop.

To ensure greater quality and relevance, our research activities take place in a regional, national and international research community and involve students and partners.

Common academic priority areas:

  • Responsible innovation
  • Sustainable development
  • Bildung
  • Public health
  • Profession and working life orientation
  • Safety
  • Technology

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2019. By rating institutions on a scale from 1 to 5, on multiple studies-related questions, we found the top educators in the world.

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards


Housing services

About 30.000 students from over 110 countries make Bergen an international student city. Surrounded by 7 mountains and seated near the fjords, Bergen is one of the most picturesque cities in Norway.

Library services

HVL's library is an academic, public library that offers support for research, teaching and public dissemination of scholarly work.

Medical services

The medical staff will assist you with questions regarding contraception, sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy, abortion, and sexuality and sexual relationships only. All counselling, prescription of contraceptives and testing is confidential and free of charge.

Student Life

Campus life

  • Campus Haugesund
  • Campus Stord
  • Campus Bergen
  • Campus Førde
  • Campus Sogndal

Sports facilities

In the sports hall Sognahallen you may climb "The Wall", one of Norway's best indoor climbing walls. If you like swimming, you can go for a swim in the public swimming pool. 

Student clubs

  • Samfunnet
  • Student Scuba club
  • Haugesund Students’ Sports Association
  • StudKick
  • The NITO Students (Engineering students)
  • MAST (Maritime students)
  • International Students’ Union (ISU Haugesund)

Student Reviews

Dr Mgr
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

One of the finest universities in India with great infrastructure

My university
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

My overall was be 82 and this university give me a lot of chances for working however,i choice other area thats why its not fault my university bc they was ready give me chance for working

Study on coast surrounded by mountains
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Great student community and faculty, a lot of group project. Amazing city!

Other programmes from this university


Go to your profile page to get personalised recommendations!