About us

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL) is one of the largest higher education institutions in Norway. HVL was formed through a merger between Bergen University College, Sogn og Fjordane University College and Stord/Haugesund University College on January 1 2017.

HVL has a clear professional and working life-oriented profile. Through education, research and development we create new knowledge and expertise, anchored internationally and with solutions that work locally.

 

Knowledge that shapes people and society

Vision

HVL stretches over 5 campuses and 400 kilometeres on the western coast of Norway.  The university graduate over 3000 candidates annualy and offers a broad range of academic programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD levels.

Students at undergraduate and postgraduate level have access to high quality exchange opportunities abroad and staff-mobility is encouraged.

Quick facts

  • Approximately 16,000 students and 1,400 staff
  • Five campuses: Bergen, Førde, Haugesund, Sogndal and Stord
  • Name in English: Western Norway University of Applied Sciences
  • Name in Norwegian: Høgskulen på Vestlandet
  • Abbreviation: HVL (both in Norwegian and English)
  • Existing international agreements and projects will be continued

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Erasmus Charter