Incoming Exchange

Exchange study at BAS

Students from partner schools abroad can apply for exchange study at BAS. This will be through the networks Erasmus, Nordplus, plus bilateral agreements.

Nomination and application process:

Students who are interested in exchange to BAS must fill out an application form. Contact your international coordinator in your school and check the nomination procedure and how to proceed with the application. The application is done via an online applicataion portal which we will give you access to after you have been nominated. The application must be submitted 15. April for starting studies in the Fall, and 1. October for studies in the spring.  Make sure your exchange coordinator sends an e-mail to BAS and nomintates you in advance to give you time to work on the application. 

You should also submit a letter of Motivation with the application form, and very important to send a portfolio. 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. 

It is important to respect the deadlines, as we have a committee that is evaluating the applications. The applicants will receive an answer shortly after the deadline if we are able to offer them a student position at BAS. We only accept students who have completed minimum 3 years of architectural training.

Please note that BAS has limited capacity due to the size of our school building. Therefore we cannot guarantee that we will be able to admit all exchange students that apply. We do out outermost to fulfill our obligations towards our partners, but in some case exchange students might be rejected in competition with other strong candidates. Based upon this, it is wise to spend some time in making a good portfolio. The portfolios are an important part of the evaluation process. We strongly encourage you to have an alternative destination in case you are not admitted. It is often more accessabilty in the spring term.

Course Catalogue / Course Program:

Students will be placed in a semester course for the 4th year, with an 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. Therefore you will not find a traditional course catalogue where you can select among design courses and electives at your own request. Instead you will after you have been accepted to BAS receive a courses program of the 2 or 3 master courses that we are offering the following semester. You make your priority among these courses, and you are treated equally as our regular students. Sometimes any student at BAS will not get their first choice of course, but that is the same for all. If you are here for 2 semesters, we try to take that into consideration in the next round of course selection.

We cannot guarantee that the complete program for the courses will be available by the time of applying, but we will provide this shortly after you have been accepted to BAS.

Here you can read a general information folder about BAS, followed by further information on the curricula of the 4th and 5th year.


All of the teaching will be in English, so it is not required to speak and understand Norwegian in order to study at BAS. We do not ask for any language test score for exchange students, but trust that the home institution selects candidates that can manage with English in another country.


For exchange students we can assist you in applying for a single room through the Student Housing in Bergen, and we have a housing guarantee for international students.. That is if we respect the deadline for applying for a room which is 15. May/ 15. October. For students that receive an offer, we will give all required information about application for housing.

Special needs?

Do you have special needs and wonder if BAS is the right place for you and what we possibly can do for you? Do you have questions regarding visa, insurance and formalities regarding your stay in Bergen? Please contact the administration at BAS for assistance. See below the contact details for the international coordinator.

Exchange students are automatically members of the SAMMEN – the Students Welfare Organisation  in Bergen which offers a lot of welfare services.

BAS is a private school of Architecture, and the regular students here pay tuition fee. For students in an Exchange program there will be no tuition fee. All cost for study equipment, books, field trips etc. must be covered by the student.

About BAS:

BAS is a rather small school, with approx. 150 students divided on 5 years of study.

Our semesters run from mid August until approx..20. December / approx.4 January –  end of May. Christmas Break is from 21. December until 3. January. We are always closed in the Easter week after Palm Sunday. Exact dates for the upcoming academic year will be given when admitted.

Here you can download a general information folder about BAS.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.

Contact: Siv Gjerde Aardal
Head of Student Affairs/International coordinator
Phone: + 47 5536 3880 / e-mail: