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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 fast

At UiA, 9 out of 10 are working within a year after graduation. Almost half of them found employment while still students.

These are numbers we are extremely proud of, and we spend lots of resources to ensure that our study programmes maintain a high level, that they remain relevant and include work placements, so you as a student become attractive to employers and prepared for the job market. We also help you with the transition from studies to employment.

We help you get work

9 out of 10 find a job fast

Top facilities on campus

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, both with regards to studies and socialising, with open spaces and everything you need nearby.

Our campuses are known for the proximity between study hall and office, library and lab, auditorium and seminar rooms, cafeteria, student accommodation, arts centre and kindergarten. Everything you need in one place and near town.

Top facilities on campus

Positive relations between teachers and students

We often hear students say there are "open doors" at UiA, and that the lecturers are available to help them when necessary. 

Though "open doors" are not a requirement, we strongly believe in building good relations among students and staff. Because both students and staff are our greatest assets, and together they can co-create knowledge for the future.

Positive relations between teachers and students

Excellent student life

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 life

Modern 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.

Modern and innovative

Affordable accommodation – near campus and town

Student housing in Kristiansand and Grimstad is considerably more affordable than in other university towns, also on the private market. It is great value for money, both on and outside campus.

In addition, distances between the campuses, the town and the residences are short, so you will have everything you need during your studies nearby. 

Find out more about renting accommodation in Kristiansand/Grimstad

Affordable accommodation – near campus and town

Living in Southern Norway

Norwegians and foreigners are enticed by the beautiful coastline of Sørlandet, with its small islands and summer sunshine, as well as by the mountains and the lowland wooded hills that draw hikers, trekkers and campers.

While known for its beautiful summer attractions, the region is well situated for winter tourism as well. High- standard ski resorts and cross-country skiing facilities can be found throughout the region, and during wintertime snow can almost always be found just a short drive from campus.

Both Kristiansand and Grimstad are safe and comfortable places to be a student. It is easy to get around and relatively affordable to stay. There is proximity between town, campus, sea and nature.

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

Getting a good start in a new place

The University of Agder is particularly concerned with the fact that a good start is crucial to having a good time at university. Therefore, in collaboration with SiA (Studentskipnaden i Agder), STA (the Student organisation in Agder), the board of the buddy system, and the student villages, we put a lot of effort into providing a solid buddy system, a festival at the beginning of the academic year, start-up courses, and specialised services.

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!

Everything you need to know about semester start

Getting a good start in a new place

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