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


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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