Admission to the 4th year (Masterlevel)

Applicants that hold minimum a Bachelor degree of Architecture from another school, may apply for admission to start from the 4. year at BAS, with the intention to complete the master degree in architecture here. Deadline for applying is 15. April.

Admission to the 4th year (Master level)

Applicants that hold minimum a Bachelor degree of Architecture from another school, may apply for admission to start from the 4. year at BAS, with the intention to complete the master degree in architecture in 2 years.
The main exam/Diploma is included in the last term in the 5th year, and counts 5 months.
Passing the Diploma gives the right to the academic title Master in Architecture. Please note that we offer a professional degree, we do not issue Bachelor degrees after 3 years.

NB! Please note that it is architectural training only that is qualifying for applying at BAS. Please consult if you are in doubt about your eligibility for admission.

Deadline  15. April by Midnight CET.  Applications that arrive after this date will not be considered.

Language: The 4th and 5th year at BAS are always taught in English.


ONLINE SUBMISSION  via online application portal. FOLLOW THIS LINK (deadline has expired, portal is no longer active)

NB! Very important! Make sure you read the text below APPLICATION STEP BY STEP before you start the online process. 


Enter the link to the online application portal.

First you need to enter your e-mail and create a password. Try to remember your password, in case you forget the next time you log in, you can always ask for a new one in the system.

We strongly recommend that you in advance prepare the documents to be uploaded and the parts that need to be filled in manually. The reason for this is that your application will not be saved until you submit the application in the end of the application process. That means you cannot do half of it and return later.  If you log out, you lose what you have added.

Once you have submitted the application, you can log in and change it up until the application deadline has expired.


Personal information

e-mail, name, address, date of birth, gender, educational background (high school level), citizenship, phone.


Mandatory documents to be uploaded:  

Portfolio – 
Upload your portfolio (max 5MB) We do not want paperback versions of portfolios. Your portfolio is very important part of your application, it should contain your school projects, but also may include other architectural and artistic projects to show your skills and interest.

If you deliver your portfolio in ANY other way, (issu, wetransfer, google drive etc) it is YOUR responsibility to make sure we have received it. Contact us at once you have sent it. BAS will not contact the applicants in case the portfolio is missing.

Photo – upload a photo of yourself, the type you would use in a passport/Id card.

Education: Certificate/transcript – your certified/original Bachelor certificate, or if you are not yet done with your final exams, upload your transcript of your courses so far.

Language – Documentation of English skills. We have specific requirements, see below.
Upload your language test score. If you are exempt from the requirements, tick the box.

Applicants from outside the Nordic Countries must document satisfactory English skills through one of the following tests:
TOEFL, Test of English as a Foreign Language, with a minimum score of   550 points (paper-based test),
TOEFL Internet based 80 points,    TOEFL Computer based test: 213 points 
IELTS – International English Language Testing Service, British Council – with a minimum score of 6.0 points.

Applicants with the following documentation are exempt from the English requirements: Citizens of Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom  and the USA.
Applicants who have earned their full Bachelor`s degree in English are also exempted (documentation required, you upload it under Education) with one year of university studies in one of the above-mentioned countries, where the language of instruction was English.

If we are in doubt about the language skills of a candidate, we might ask for a skype interview during the admission process. If so, we will contact you to set up an appointment.

Motivation letter - We inquire into why you want to apply at BAS and what background you actively negotiate in your meeting with architecture. Discuss and describe aspects of practice, fields of interest and expressions you personally have experienced to give architecture meaning. Upload your motivation letter as word or pdf.

Parts to be filled in manually:  (please note that there is a maximum of 4000 characters in each answer)

Bachelor degree in Architecture: From which school?

When did you start and end your Bachelor degree? Month/year – Month/year

Do you have other relevant education?

Documentation of English skills, scroll down and tick your level of knowledge.

Input skype address (if you have one)

Next of Kin: Who to contact in case of emergency; family, partner, etc. Voluntary but strongly recommended.


An admission committee will evaluate all the applicants; we accept approximately 10 students to 4th year admission. Some years the number of students accepted may be lower or higher due to various capacity in the school building.

You can expect an answer from us at the latest by 15. May. We will contact you via your reqistered e-mail. 


The two last years will consist of the following:

- 3 semester courses (integrated course package that includes architecture, design, art, theory and construction. A master course at BAS is not split into minor course units, one semester will give credit of 30 ECTS, for one full year 60 ECTS.
- Plus 1 semester diploma thesis, concluded with an exam for external assessors. Self-programmed project with tutorials and reviews offered from the school. This project will be evaluated by external assessors during the diploma exam.

This gives you a total of 120 ECTS when completing your diploma exam. You will then be given a diploma from BAS which gives you the title Master of Architecture. Please note that this is a regular Master, not PhD.

We have semester courses in the following categories:

• Restructuring of urban settlement
• Restructuring of rural settlement
• Complex building
• Architect in another culture
• Construction where architectonical projecting/design is the foundation
• Exchange study: 1 semester exchange will be possible for external applicants.
• Other


The regulations at BAS are as follows:
You need a minimum of Bachelor level before applying at BAS. This will be recognized as the first three years of study at BAS.

You must pass 3 semester courses before you start your diploma semester.

You will have 2 attempts only to take your diploma exam.

BAS does not have other grades than PASS / FAIL.  If you fail one semester course, you must take a complete new course the next semester.

Please note that it is a full time study, and you will pay regular tuition fee  per semester,  at the time NOK 17.321,-, plus a fee to the Students Welfare Organisation in Bergen of NOK 570,-, plus a smaller copyright fee of NOK 250,-.
Tuition fee paid in due time is requirement in order to continue to the next semester.

BAS does not have any scholarships available.

You must take full responsibility of your own situation, both practically, financially and of your own study situation. BAS will offer the same conditions for the architectural training as for the other regular students at BAS, and with the same level of demands and requirements.


The school year: The exact dates will be confirmed once you are admitted to BAS:

The autumn semester will always start Mid-August, last day before Christmas is always around December 20th.

We start again around 4th of January. The spring term is concluded end of May or during the first week of June.

Your last diploma semester is concluded with an examination 27.-30. June. Followed by a public exhibition and celebration in August the same year.

Governmental / formal regulations

In case you are admitted to BAS, please note the following for foreign citizens:

Important – you must apply for a residence permit for students in order to study in Norway.

Check out the UDI pages for more information.

This must in most cases be done from your country of origin.

As soon as you are accepted at BAS, we will send you a letter of admission. 

For the residence permit, it is also required that you have documentation of housing. BAS is not able to provide accommodation for you, but we may assist you in reserving student housing through the Students Welfare Organization in Bergen. (Sammen)  Have a look at the Sammen pages for more information. More information about this will follow once you are admitted to BAS.

Please note that it is your own responsibility to find accommodation.

In addition, you must provide Documentation of subsistence

You must be ensured subsistence for the period to which the application relates. You must have financial means equivalent to full funding by the State Educational Loan Fund at the current rate. For the academic year 2020-21 this amounts to NOK 121 220,-. The tuition fee will come in addition to the above-mentioned subsistence requirement. (NOK 34.642,-for one year)  (If your only way is to deposit the amount in a Norwegian bank account, BAS will have an bank account for this purpose).

Here you can download a general information folder about BAS.

Yours Sincerely,

Bergen School of Architecture, BAS
Siv Gjerde Aardal
Head of Student Affairs
phone. + 47 5536 3880 / e-mail: