Kristiansand has a varied selection of kindergartens in terms of size, academic content, geographic location and opening hours. Kristiansand Municipality handles applications to all municipal, private and state kindergartens in Kristiansand. The application deadline for admissions in August is 1 March each year. Rolling admissions applications can be sent all year round and will be considered when there is space available.
Children with special needs will be prioritised upon admission.
Hokus Pokus Kindergarten (on campus)
The Student Welfare Organisation in Agder (SiA) runs a kindergarten for students and staff next to the Campus Kristiansand. The Hokus Pokus kindergarten is first and foremost an offer for students and secondly for UIA employees. Application is made through the coordinated admissions process for public and private kindergartens in Kristiansand.
More information about Hokus Pokus at SiA's webpages
Kristiansand International School
Kristiansand International School (KIS) provides an international education for students from Grade 1 – Grade 10. Students of overseas parents are prioritised for admission. For more information about the school, contact details and applications, please consult Kristiansand International School.
Kristiansand Municipality is responsible for primary and lower secondary education for students through grades 1-10 and for adult minority language students.
Kristiansand Municipality webpage on schools. Norwegian page; Google translate is integrated.
Upper secondary education
Vest-Agder County is responsible for upper secondary education for students in Kristiansand. Read more about the education programmes on offer, admissions, and contact details at www.vilbli.no.
For a general introduction to the Norwegian education system, please consult euraxess.no for incoming researchers.
Grimstad has a varied selection of kindergartens (listed only in Norwegian) in terms of size, academic content, geographic location, and opening hours. Grimstad Municipality handles applications to all municipal, private, and state kindergartens in Grimstad. The application deadline for admission in August is 1 March each year. Rolling admission applications can be sent all year round and will be considered when there is space available.
Children with special needs will be prioritized upon admission.
The Student Welfare Organisation in Agder (SiA) runs a kindergarten for children between 1 and 6 years of age on campus in Grimstad. The Hokus Pokus kindergarten is first and foremost an offer for students and secondly for UIA employees. Application is made through the coordinated admissions process for public and private kindergartens in Grimstad - see above.
In Norway, children start primary school at the age of six and finish lower secondary school by the age of sixteen. Most students then go on to upper secondary school (age sixteen-eighteen). There is no tuition fee at public schools.
Arendal International School
Arendal International School provides a high-quality international education for students from the ages of six to sixteen with a residential address in Norway. Many of the pupils have parents working at UIA, Campus Grimstad.
Upper secondary education
Aust-Agder County is responsible for upper secondary education for students in Grimstad.
Links to all schools in the county as well as the link to admission
Read about daycare, schooling & family related issues at Euraxess
Use emergency medical services: tel. 116 117, or, in urgent cases, call 113.
There is no emergency room/casualty in Grimstad. The population of Grimstad is expected to use Arendal Emergency Room/Casualty.
You need a Norwegian ID number in order to be assigned to a General Practitioner. You select the GP of your choice through the website Helsenorge.no.
Change GP? (Norwegian only) Please ask for assistance from your UIA contact if needed.
You will assigned to your chosen General Practitioner with effect from the first day of the following month.
Make sure that your children are assigned to the nearest health centre.
International employees from countries with a high rate of tuberculosis have an obligation to test for this upon arrival in Norway. This applies primarily to employees from Asia, Africa and South America.
A list of countries with high occurrence of tuberculosis.
The test, which is carried out at a hospital, consists of a blood test and an x-ray of the lungs.
The Vaccination Office will arrange a referral, and the test is free of charge.
Vaccination Office Kristiansand
Tel: +47 38 07 57 07
Address: Gyldenløves gate 23 (the NAV building)
Vaccination Office Grimstad
Tel: +47 37 25 03 86
Address: Nybygget, Fjæreveien 32, Dømmesmoen
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