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11 good reasons to choose the University of Agder

Why study at UiA?

High academic standards

UiA has several priority research centres in coastal ecology, eHealth, mathematics, artificial intelligence, nutrition, among others. Furthermore, the School of Business and Law at UiA is internationally accredited by the AACSB, one of only two business schools in Norway.

The university has also taken a leading position in Norway in artificial intelligence research, and is currently developing the Battery Coast strategy.

Learn more about research at UiA.

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.

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

Both international and domestic students consider student life to be excellent at UiA. There are more than 60 student associations/student activities on campus.

"UiA offers amazing student-oriented activities at the beginning of the study start. These activities help students make friends and develop a feeling of collaborative work." - Pooja Joshi, from India

“Campus Grimstad is small and cozy. It is not too overwhelming, so it’s easy to get around here. I feel like it is easy for international students to get to know each other through different social events like parties, climbing, movie nights.” - Cyrill Schäpper, from Switzerland

Excellent student environment

Current and innovative

At UiA, we enjoy thinking ahead and looking into the future. We believe that knowledge and understanding is a result of the meeting between different people, with different ideas and roles. 

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.

Our research.

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.

Student housing in Kristiansand and 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. Visit Southern Norway, Kristiansand and Grimstad.

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