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University of Agder

The University of Agder is a public institution mandated to provide higher education, conduct research and development, disseminate knowledge about the institution’s activities, methods and results of the academic activities and contribute to the development of society.



The University of Agder is one of Norway's newest universities, but our roots span over more than 190 years. In 1839 the teacher training School established at Holt rectory.


Ui A was the first higher education institution in Norway to receive both the ECTS and Diploma Supplement Labels from the European Commission. Core values of the University of Agder are transparency, trust, integrity, generosity and collaboration. They are reflected in a flat organisational structure which encourages students, lecturers and researchers to interact and inspire each other.


Ongoing research forms a basis for all teaching activity at the university. The academic staff are organised in research groups, and the research projects cover a variety of topics and disciplines, ranging from microfinance to marine ecology and from local dialect evolution in linguistics to electronic patient journal systems in e-health. The most visible research areas are associated with the university’s PhD specialisations. Research activities at the University of Agder are mostly funded by block grants from the government. 


UiA Career services helps students in all academic areas as they plan next steps toward a career or further education.

We support the students in connecting with opportunities to explore their co-curricular and professional interests, gain relevant experience and achieve their personal and professional goals.

We offer the following services:

  • Career guidance & planning
  • Study counselling
  • Writing a CV and an application letter
  • Jobseeker courses
  • Competence square (Kompetansetorget)
  • Customized courses/workshops on request from the academic community
  • Career days
  • Alumni Network


Student services

At the University of Agder (UIA), we wish to foster a culture which is based on responsibility and openness (cf UIA’s Strategic Plan and ethical guidelines). Speaking out about things which do not work, undesirable incidents, accidents/near-accidents, and reporting wrongdoing are all part of the measures required for developing a positive and acceptable work and study environment.

If you know about or have been made aware of wrongdoing at UIA, you are therefore encouraged to speak out about or give notice concerning them. This will provide those responsible with the opportunity to implement necessary steps and to avoid a recurrence of similar situations in the future.  

Housing services

International students who are spending a minimum of one semester at the University of Agder are guaranteed student accommodation in shared or single rooms. Together with your letter of acceptance, you will receive a reservation code and details on how to apply for your accommodation. Please do not apply for accommodation before receiving this information. International students have the opportunity to order a package with pillow, duvet and bed linen, which will be ready in your room when you arrive. SiA will contact you via email with information on how to order this package after you have accepted your housing contract. You will be billed for this on your first rent payment.

Library services

The University Library aims to increase the use of quality assured sources of knowledge, and also to make those sources of knowledge available on all relevant platforms; printed, digital, multimedial – regardless of location. We will ensure that the services, resources and tools are available on various learning management systems.

ICT services

The library’s services and ICT services are present in the physical learning environment to support students in their daily learning experiences and employees in their research and teaching.

Medical services

Other issues as for example: High-fidelity simulation, Serious games, Perceived health, e-Health, Health-related quality of life, Self-care, Sense of coherence, Risk for undernutrition, Mental health, Loneliness, Informal and formal care, Dementia care, Transitions, Palliative care, Volunteering and Instrument testing among older people.

Student Life

Campus life

The University of Agder has two campuses, Campus Kristiansand and Campus Grimstad. In total more than 11 000 students and almost 1200 staff members have the two campuses as their work place.

KristiansandThe Kristiansand campus buildings are enclosed by park grounds and have a sleek, contemporary design. The campus is close to recreational areas and in walking distance of the city centre. GrimstadThe top-notch facilities at Campus Grimstad include a media production studio, a simulated hospital, advanced laboratories and a smart house for technology testing.

Sports facilities

The sport facilities are very good, with a training centre on campus and a lot of outdoor options.

Student clubs

The Student Organization in Agder (STA) is the official representative body for students at the University of Agder. The overarching goals of the organization is to work for the professional, social, economic and welfare interests of the students at UiA. STA organizes around 13,000 students and is the umbrella organization for a variety of student activities. STA is the voice of our students on campus, in the local arena and nationally. STA has three political committees that function as expert bodies in three different areas: welfare policies, academic policies and international policies.


The University College received full university accreditation and became the University of Agder on 1 September 2007. In 2015.

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