Although founded as late as 1946, academic activity had taken place at Bergen Museum as far back as 1825. The university today serves more than 14,500 students, and is one of eight universities in Norway.
The University of Bergen, in common with other Norwegian universities, does not charge tuition fees, which also applies to international students.
Students are however required to be members of the student welfare organisation. As of Fall 2012, this fee (semesteravgift) is NOK 470 (approx. US$ 80) per semester, and provides access to several services, including cultural activities, childcare, refunds for many medical expenses and subsidized accommodation.