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 Master of Architecture, external applicants to the 4th year

The study at BAS has duration of 5 years, divided into two parts; 3 years in first part and 2 years in second part.

The first part is concluded with an examination. Passing this exam gives the right to continue to the second part. 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 of Architecture. Please note that we offer a professional degree, we do not issue Bachelor degrees after 3 years. But completed studies give you a Master of Architecture.

For applicants with a minimum Bachelor degree in Architecture from another architectural school, it is possible to apply for admission to the 4th year.

NB! Please note that is architectural training only that is qualifying for applying at BAS.

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

We must have the application in our hands by 15. April, so make sure you send it off early enough. Applications that arrive after this date will not be considered.

You must download and fill out the application form, Send us the application form, authorized copies of you transcript/records in addition to documentation of English skills (see application form for more info)  - all of this must be sent per regular post.

Your portfolio is a very important part of your application, but this should only be sent digitally. The portfolio should contain your school projects, but may also include other projects. It should be of your architectural/artistic work, to give us an impression of your skills and interest.

NB Important: Your portfolio can only be sent digitally. We do not want paperback versions of portfolios. Send the portfolio as pdf attachment (max.10 MB), or as a link to a dropbox folder/ weetransfer  or similar. (must be easy for BAS to access)

Portfolio and a digital photo of yourself should be sent per e-mail to 

The application, documentation of your previous education and language skills must be sent to:

if sent by regular postal service:
Bergen Arkitekthøgskole
Pb. 39
NO  - 5841 Bergen

If sent by courier:
Bergen Arkitekthøgskole
Sandviksboder 59-61a
NO-5035 Bergen
(opening hours 0900-1600)  


If you are approaching the deadline, you may also in addition send these documents as scanned documents per e-mail to BAS, just to be sure we receive it in due time. Send it to 

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.

NB! We will most likely carry out a skype/telephone interview with candidates.

For students who are admitted, they will follow the regular study program for two years, and complete it with a diploma exam.  The last two years at BAS is referred to as 2. part studies.

2. part studies
Our two last years will consist of the following:

- 3 semester courses (integrated course package that includes architecture, design, art, theory and construction. One master course is not split into minor course units, so 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.

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.

Exchange study: 1 semester exchange will be possible for external applicants.

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
• Others


The regulations at BAS are as follows:
We assume that you have a minimum of Bachelor level before applying at BAS.

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

You will have 3 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 16.432,-, 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 condition for the architectural training as for the other regular students at BAS, and with the same level of demands and requirements as for all other students.


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.

Governmental / formal regulations

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

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 perimit, 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 2017-18 this amounts to NOK 106.340,-. If you must pay school fees, this amount will be in addition to the above-mentioned subsistence requirement. (NOK 32.864,-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: