UiO is the highest ranked institution of education and research in Norway - and one of the World's Top 100 universities, according to the Shanghai World Ranking. With five Nobel Prize winners, UiO has a strong track record of pioneering research and scientific discovery.

Top reasons to study here

  • UiO aims to increase the emphasis on quality in research and teaching, as well as the level of internationalisation, within the next years.
  • UiO seeks to develop a greater interfaculty co-operation by improving the overall management of the institution.
  • UiO plans to tighten the relations with the students and the employers who hired them, as a way of consolidating direct tracks from the academic to the working

Master's Programmes

Computer Science & IT (7)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (7)
Arts, Design & Architecture (3)
Education & Training (3)
Journalism & Media (2)
Business & Management (1)



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.


Planning to work in Norway after graduation? If you are a student at UiO or another institution with an agreement with SiO, you can use the The Career Services at the University of Oslo.

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
62 5
67 -9
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.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
142 -29
113 22
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
146 -14
132 3
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.


Student services

The Student Parliament meets about once a month and the meetings are open to everybody. There are 35 representatives in the Student Parliament. Everyone has the opportunity to bring matters before the Student Parliament, and the executive committee have a duty to follow up the resolutions passed.

Housing services

SiO has 7700 rooms and apartments, near campus and around town. Some of the rooms share a bathroom and kitchen; others have a separate bathroom and kitchenette.

All international students admitted to degree studies or exchange programmes at the University of Oslo can apply for student housing through SiO 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

RT - Request TrackerRequest Tracker is a tool that is used at the University in order to improve quality and productivity in the treatment of internal and external inquiries.EpayEpay offered UiO devices that need to accept electronic payment for goods or services via the Internet.

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.

Blindern campus functions like a small community with welfare services and student organisations and several shops and cafeterias.

The Foundation for Student Life in Oslo (SiO) is in charge of welfare services such as the Student Councelling and the Student Health centre with general practitioners, nurses, psychiatrists, psychologist and dentists. These services are located in Kristian Ottosens hus (building 20).

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. There are societies for students on particular study programmes, social clubs for specific faculties, and societies for the pursuit of hobbies and interests. Among the latter are theatre groups, choirs, publications, political societies and special interest groups.

Student Reviews

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Oslo University
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.
University of Oslo
Good experience
rated 3 out of 5 stars
It was nice experience to study in my university, the program was intergrated and inspiring.
University of Oslo
Good bachelor, could have been better.
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...