Internationalisation is an important aspect in all strategic planning and development at the University of Agder.
In addition to international research collaboration, the university cooperates with more than 180 partner institutions through student, faculty and staff exchanges.
Each year, UiA welcomes about 250 students from abroad and sends about 350 Norwegian students to universities all over the world. Students from about 40 countries are represented in our student body. Exchange students are guaranteed student housing and assistance by buddies and the International Office.
The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System
The University of Agder has fulfilled the requirements of the Bologna Process by adopting the Bologna degree structure, implementing the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS), and by using a comprehensive quality assurance system.
UiA was the first higher education institution in Norway to receive both the ECTS and Diploma Supplement Labels from the European Commission.
The ECTS Label is awarded to European universities and university colleges which organise their student exchanges in accordance with a set of quality assured requirements and present their complete course catalogues in English.
The Diploma Supplement Label is earned by institutions that issue a Diploma Supplement (DS) to all graduates based on a set of formal requirements and a set model developed by the European Commission, the Council of Europe and UNESCO/CEPES.
Charter and Code
UiA increasingly recruits professors internationally and has signed the ’European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers’, referred to as Charter and Code. This is a set of recommendations which is intended to direct the institutions’ focus towards researchers’ working conditions in general and researcher mobility in particular.
In 2013, the university was awarded the HR Excellence in Research logo by the European Commission for its proposal for systematic work with researcher mobility.