The Norwegian higher educational system holds a high international standard. The living standard is among the highest in the world. Norway has been named the "world's most liveable country" in the UN Human Development Index 9 times in the last 11 years (also in 2011).
University of Agder is the 5th largest higher education institution (and 4th largest university)in Norway with around 9500 students. There are 2 campuses in Kristiansand and Grimstad.Kristiansand is the 5th largest town in Norway and Grimstad is located in the "sunniest area of Norway". The school has close links to industry and students may sometimes do some of their project-work for local companies.
Norway's IT-infrastructure is advanced and modern and topics related to IT are highly prioritised in Norway.The school has close cooperation with industry and students may in some cases do their project work in cooperation with industry.
University of Agder has modern laboratories and research facilities.
Several of our students have found jobs in Norway.
See a list of programmes and requirements here:
Costs and financing:
There are no tuition fees for Norwegian or international students. Students pay a semester registration fee of around NOK 750 per semester.
Students who get sick or have large expenses for health- or dental care during their studies can apply for partial funding through the Student Welfare Organisation.
Some scholarships are available for students, but a limited number of students are offered a place in the quota scheme each year. Only students from partner universities in selected countries may apply. Students who are not offered a scholarship must apply as self-financing students.
Residence permit (visa):
Students are required by the immigration authorities to deposit NOK 92 500 (2012-figure) in a Norwegian bank account before they are granted a visa. The money will be available to the student once they have arrived in Norway and is meant to cover living expenses such as food, housing and other expenses.
In the residence permit it is stated that students may work up to 20 hours a week and unlimited during holidays.
See also: http://www.uia.no/en/portals/study/degree_students/before_arrival/residence_permit
We will reserve housing for students who are offered a place in our programmes. Please visit SiA for information about housing: