University of Stavanger

Stavanger, Norway
The University of Stavanger is situated in the most attractive region in the country, with some 300 000 inhabitants. In constant collaboration and dialogue with our surroundings, regionally, nationally and internationally, we enjoy an open and creative climate for education, research, innovation, dissemination and museum activities.



The University has been welcoming students from all over the world since it was established in 2005. However, the academic roots of the University go further into the past. One of the subject fields dates back to 1912, while the width of the academic and research facilities progressed from 1970s to this day.


International students form an integral part of the community on campus, and currently just over 10% of our students have an international background. The UiS embraces the globalised world, but never forgets to nurture its local, regional and national roots. This stance shapes its study programmes, its international collaborations and the kind of students it attracts.


The University of Stavanger is world-class when it comes to petroleum science. It also has strong research groups in the offshore technology field.

Within petroleum engineering, research areas include drilling, natural gas, investment and decision analysis, petroleum geosciences, production and reservoir.Offshore technology research includes principles, theories and methods for planning, development, management and dismantling technological systems and equipment, particularly focused on offshore installations. One of these research groups also research offshore wind turbines and farms.


The University of Stavanger is located in one of the most attractive regions in Norway with a dynamic labour market and exciting recreational activities.UiS supports diversity and we encourage all qualified people to apply for jobs at the university regardless of age, gender, disabilities, or national and ethnic background.International staff is an important part of the UiS academic community, and this website intends to provide international faculty and PhD candidates with practical information necessary before, upon and after your arrival in Stavanger.

PhD Programmes

Business & Management (2)
Engineering & Technology (2)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Education & Training (1)
Humanities (1)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)


Student services

If you have decided to become a student in the city of Stavanger, the local welfare and service organisation SiS exists as an independent organisation to make daily life better and easier for students. SiS manages student accommodation, a kindergarten, health services, cafeterias, a sports centre and a bookshop. Furthermore, it provides financial support to several student organisations, among them ISU (International Student Union).

Housing services

International students can be accomodated in two different types of student housing, SiS or UiS accommodation.The accommodation owned by the Student Welfare Organisation in Stavanger (SiS) is sponsored by the state and therefore reasonably priced.Since there is not enough SiS accommodation for international students, the University of Stavanger (UiS) rents accommodation on the private market, which are then rented out to students. The UiS accommodation is more expensive than the SiS accommodation, but more affordable than what students can expect to find on the private market in Stavanger.

Library services


  • Subject books, research reports, reference works, public information, statistics etc.
  • Academic journals, electronic and printed.
  • Sheet music, records, video recordings and DVDs.
  • National and international newspapers.
  • Fulltext databases containing books, journals, newspapers and reference works.
  • Subject databases that support the studies and academic disciplines of the university.

Medical services

If the duration of your stay in Norway is more than one year, you automatically become insured under the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme when you register as a student at UiS and as a resident in Norway.

Student Life

Campus life

The location of the University, Stavanger, lies on Norway’s south-west coast and is surrounded by magnificent and diverse landscapes.

At the beginning, most of you will be on the lookout to establish and expand your social network. Foreigners often wonder about the relationship between men and women in Norway, and their current code of conduct. Norwegian women are brought up in a society where there is a strong sense of equality and equal rights. They are also brought up to take responsibility for their actions, and to draw the boundaries of personal space themselves. In Norway both sexes are accustomed to being together from early childhood.

Sports facilities

The region offers a variety of outdoor activities, ranging from surfing and fishing, via skiing, hiking, climbing and base jumping, to walking on sandy beaches.

SiS runs a sports centre which offers a full-size handball court, a climbing wall, a bouldering wall, a weightlifting /cardio area of 600 m2, two aerobic halls with a total area of 400 m2, a spinning hall of 100 m2, two squash halls, a kettlebell and TRX room, and a large sports performance room.

Student clubs

In the autumn of 2011 the Student House was established at the centre of the UiS campus. Now the building is used as the basis of students activities on campus. Here you can find the different student organizations as well as the student-run pub Tappetårnet. The Student Board, the student organisation StOr, and the student chaplain also have offices in the Student House.


The University of Stavanger is recognised by NOKUT (the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education) which is an expert body under the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research that lists all the accredited institutions in Norway.

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