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Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

Master's Programmes

Engineering & Technology (3)
Business & Management (1)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Medicine & Health (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.


The 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

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Housing services

As an exchange student, you will get accommodation guarantee through the student welfare organization Saman if you apply within the deadline. 

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

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!

HVL rewiev
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Great study environment and amazing campus! Easy to collaborate with teachers

Can't wait to start!
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

It is great to be a part of such a university with historical and academic achievement