UiO is Norway's oldest institution for research and higher education, with 28,000 students and 6,000 employees. UiO celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2011. UiO has 8 faculties, 2 museums and several centers. In addition, UiO has 10 Norwegian Centres of Excellence.

Top reasons to study here

  • Our students have access to excellent lecture and university library facilities.
  • In Oslo you can combine city life with easy access to the great outdoors.
  • UiO has hundreds of exchange agreements and a six week Summer School:

Master's Programmes

Computer Science & IT (10)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (7)
Arts, Design & Architecture (5)
Business & Management (2)
Journalism & Media (2)



King Frederick VI of Denmark had long been opposed to the idea of establishing any university in the province of Norway, fearing it might stir up separatist emotions. But in 1811, after a successful campaign, the Danish king is persuaded: Norway will have its first university, the Royal Frederick University, Universitas Regia Fredericiana.


UiO offers more than 800 courses in English at all levels, around 40 Master’s degree programmes taught entirely in English and several PhD programmes. UiO focuses on research-based education and attracts highly qualified students from all over the country.


As a classical university with a broad range of academic disciplines, UiO has top research communities in most areas. Moreover, UiO currently has 8 National Centres of Excellence and a strategic focus on interdisciplinary research in the field of energy and life sciences in particular. As a broadly based, non-profit research university, UiO has access to good public funding schemes. Lab and office facilities, libraries and technical support are at the high end.


The Career Services are here to partner with you to help you plan and prepare for employment. We assist the students at the University of Oslo in identifying professional interests and goals and work with them to obtain fulfilling fieldwork and internship experiences. You can start developing your career plans as early as your first year and we’re here to guide you.

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
62 5
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
121 25
146 -14
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
135 7
142 -29
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.


Housing services

As soon as your plans for a research stay at UiO become definite, we recommend that you make finding suitable accommodation a top priority. This holds especially true if family will be accompanying you.

Since the demand for reseacher housing at UiO usually by far exceeds existing facilities, private housing options should be investigated from the very beginning and in addition to a possible application for researcher housing.

Library services

The University of Oslo has 19 libraries. At the library's webpages you will find information on opening hours, study rooms, maps and more.

ICT services

Your local IT staff can help you with most IT-related problems and qustions, including provision of access credentials for the IT services, installing applications, connecting to the UiO network, setting up printers and printing options, and more. 

Medical services

The student health centre has general practitioners, nurses, psychiatrists, psychologist and dentists ready to see patients on an appointment basis and to deal with emergencies.

Student Life

Campus life

The University's buildings are spread out over four parts of Oslo. The main campus, Blindern, is located on the western outskirts of the city centre.

At the main campus you will find the administration for The Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Faculty of Education, the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and the Faculty of Theology.

The central administration for the University and the University Library are also located at the main campus.

On Blindern campus you will find student and employee welfare services and student organisations, and several shops and cafeterias.

Sports facilities

A variety of activities are available for individual exercise or under the supervision of fully qualified instructors, in both indoor and outdoor facilities. This includes the sand volleyball court, soccer field and table tennis. Equipment is available at the Dormitory reception.

Student clubs

In Norway many people are active members of a voluntary organization. The organizations serve as a meeting place and the tradition of voluntary work is very common in Norwegian society.

Joining a student organization allows you to participate and make friends during your stay in Oslo. You can be part of a team and gain experience important for your personal development as an exchange student. All student organizations are initiated and run by students themselves.

Student Reviews

Good experience
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars
It was nice experience to study in my university, the program was intergrated and inspiring.
Oslo University
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars
I really like the study environment, teachers. They are very much helpful. But need to increase more opportunity for phd candidate.
Good bachelor, could have been better.
Sofie Schumann rated 4 out of 5 stars
My overall study experience has been good. I have learned a lot more about subjects I enjoy, and I also know more about what I want to work towards. As the entire biology program has been reviewed and subjects changed, the few issues I had with my degree are being fixed for future students. I therefore don't really have any criticism to give. The only thing I want to say is that no one really k...