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.


Academic life at the University of Stavanger is organised into three faculties, comprising a total of 14 departments/schools and two National Research Centres, as well as the Museum of Archaeology. The university also has a unit for lifelong learning called UiS Pluss.


Stavanger is the oil and energy capital in Norway with a dynamic job market and exciting culture- and leisure activities. The interplay between the university and society and business is rich and diverse.

Many of the externally financed research activities are performed in cooperation with our research institute - International Research Institute of Stavanger (IRIS). Several other research centres are organised as consortiums of The University of Stavanger, IRIS and other actors.


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

The University library has four departments. Ullandhaug is the biggest department. It is open day and night for students and staff at UiS. The Library is a resource for students and staff at UiS. We also offer services for private citizens, students at other institutions, other libraries and the private business sector.

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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