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11 good reasons to choose the University of Agder

Why study at UiA?

High academic standards

UiA has top research centres in coastal ecology, eHealth, didactics of mathematics, artificial intelligence and nutrition.

The School of Business and Law at UiA is internationally accredited by the AACSB, one of only two business schools in Norway.

Our teacher education, learning disability nursing, nursing and music performance programmes are considered among the best in Norway in their field.

UiA has a national centre for excellence in education in mathematics teaching: Centre for Research, Innovation and Coordination of Mathematics Teaching (MatRIC)

The university has also taken a leading position in Norway in artificial intelligence research.

High academic standards

Students recommend UiA

Studies show that students at UiA are extremely satisfied and that the Student Welfare Organisation in Agder (SiA) is Norway’s best student association.

In the autumn of 2018, we asked the new students if they would recommend UiA to others. 92 % responded "yes", and only 1 % responded "no".

Students recommend UiA

9 out of 10 find a job quickly

At UiA, 9 out of 10 are working within a year after graduation in Norway. Almost half of the students find employment while they are still studying.

We strive to keep our study programmes relevant and our students qualified for the job market. UiA also helps you in the transition from student to employee.

9 out of 10 find a job quickly

Great facilities

Campus Kristiansand is modelled on American campuses, with short distances between buildings and large green spaces connecting everything. Compact, but open. Large, but easily navigable.

Campus Grimstad is situated in Southern Norway’s technology park and is therefore in close proximity to many businesses, some of which are cooperating with UiA. The campus is new, modern and well adapted to student life.

You will have everything you need in one place and close to the city centres!

Great facilities

Open doors!

We often hear students say that lecturers are open, friendly and available to help them when they need. 

Even though an open door policy is not mandatory, we strongly believe in good relations among students and staff. Both students and staff are our greatest assets, and together they can co-create knowledge for the future.

Open doors!

Excellent student environment

Studies show, and students say, that student life is excellent both in Kristiansand and in Grimstad:

"The fact that everything can be found on campus creates a sense of belonging and makes it easier to get to know people. Kristiansand has so much to offer: good nightlife, culture, nature, sports opportunities and not least - Bystranda. We are close to everything we need", says Tobias Rysstad, student of Teacher Education for Primary Schools in Kristiansand.

"Here at UiA I have an incredible number of good friends and become acquainted with people across disciplines. If you want to go to a university where you can have close dialogue with the lecturers, where it is easy to get involved and the environment is good, both academic and socially, this university is definitely a good choice. " Thea Skau, student of Renewable Energy in Grimstad.

There are already more than 60 student associations/student activities on campus, and if you miss something, you can apply for support to start your own.

Excellent student environment

Current and innovative

At UiA, we enjoy thinking ahead and looking into the future. We want to create new stories and give you an education that aims both at what you need for your employment, what Norway needs for the future, and what the world needs to develop in the right direction.

We believe that knowledge and understanding is a result of the meeting between different people, with different ideas and roles. Our course "UiA Co-creation – OpenLab" is an example of this, in which the purpose is to introduce UiA students to co-creation across disciplinary settings, sectors of the economy and organisational boundaries in a regional context.

Simultaneously, we continue to facilitate communication and contact between students, by further developing our campuses. We are building new common areas, laboratories and service facilities.

Current and innovative

Affordable student housing

Student housing in Kristiansand and Grimstad is considerably more affordable than in other university towns, also on the private market.

In addition, distances between the campuses, the city centres and the residences are short, so you will have everything you need at walking or biking distance.

Find out more about housing in Kristiansand/Grimstad

Affordable student housing

Living in Southern Norway

Both Norwegians and foreigners are drawn by the beautiful coastline of Sørlandet, with its small islands and long summers, as well as by the mountains and hills inland that draw hikers, trekkers and campers.

The region also has a lot to offer in winter. High-standard ski resorts and cross-country skiing facilities can be found throughout the region. 

Both Kristiansand and Grimstad are safe and comfortable places to be a student. It is easy to get around and relatively affordable to stay.

Living in Southern Norway

Discover the world

All our undergraduate and graduate programmes have exchange programmes, and on our website it is easy to find out what your programme offers.

UiA has partnerships with 200 universities in more than 40 countries.

Internationalisation is a priority, and we make sure that you can establish an international network even on campus, among other things through our Global Lounge.

Find out where you can go on exchange

Discover the world

Starting off well in a new place

We want our students to have a good time, feel valued and become part of the community – and providing a good beginning is a great starting point!

Therefore, in collaboration with The Student and Welfare Organisation in Agder (SiA), The Student Organisation in Agder (STA), the "Fadder" program (buddy system), the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) and the municipalities, we put a lot of effort into providing a festival at the beginning of the academic year, start-up courses, and specialised services.

Starting off well in a new place