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UIT the Arctic University of Norway

4.6 out of 5 (54 reviews) Tromsø, Norway
UiT The Arctic University of Norway is a medium-sized research university that contributes to knowledge-based development at the regional, national and international level. UiT The Arctic University of Norway is the third largest in Norway and the northernmost university of the world. Its location on the edge of the Arctic implies a mission. 

Master's Programmes

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (18)
Engineering & Technology (7)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (6)
Social Sciences (5)
Arts, Design & Architecture (4)
Computer Science & IT (3)
Business & Management (2)
Humanities (2)
Medicine & Health (2)
Agriculture & Forestry (1)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)
Law (1)



In October 1998, The regional newspaper "Nordlys" publishes an op-ed by retired University Vice-Chancellor Ole D. Mjøs. He advocates establishing peace, peace research, conflict resolution and human rights studies at the University of Tromsø (UiT).


The Arctic is of increasing global importance. Climate change, the exploitation of Arctic resources and environmental threats are topics of great public concern, and which the University of Tromsø takes special interest in. Teaching is research-based. UiT´s seven faculties offer, in spite of a dedication to Northern issues, a broad range of study programmes. The academic community in Tromsø is highly international. More than 20% of the academic staff and 10% of the student body are from abroad. The University offers more than 20 English taught master´s degree programmes, and all faculties offer English taught courses at both bachelor’s and master’s level.


UiT's key research focuses on the polar environment, climate research, indigenous people, peace and conflict transformation, telemedicine, medical biology, space physics, fishery science, marine biosprospecting, linguistics and computational chemistry.


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Student services

The Student Welfare Organisation offers student housing, counselling, catering, kindergardens and sports facilities. Each semester the International Office arranges an Introductory programme for new international students securing a good start and social integration into the UiT community. International student advisers at the faculties assist the international students regarding their studies abroad. The International Student Union arranges events throughout the semesters and cooperates regularly with the International Office.

Housing services

The Housing Department at the Arctic Student Organization of Norway (Samskipnaden) offers rental of rooms and flats to students at UiT The Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø, Alta, Hammerfest, Harstad and Longyearbyen.

Due to the large number of students arriving each semester, The Arctic Student Welfare Organization of Norway cannot guarantee to meet all wishes regarding the location of your room. Students who move into a student hostel cannot be guaranteed to change accommodation due to long waiting lists.The rooms are equipped with basic furniture and share some common facilities: kitchen, bathrooms, toilets, storage rooms and laundry.

Library services

  • Alta Library
  • Contremporary Art Library
  • Culture and Social Sciences Library
  • Education Library
  • Hammerfest Library
  • Harstad Library
  • Museum Library
  • Music Library
  • Narvik Library
  • Psychology and Law Library
  • Science and Health Library

ICT services

You will get access to your own user account for the University of Tromsø after arrival. More information and help concerning the activation of your account will be given during the Introductory Programme. If you need internet access before this you can have free access at the university library and the public library in the city center.

Student Life

Campus life

  • Campus Tromsø is the administrative center of the university.
  • Campus Alta is growing in student numbers and the study portfolio is expending. They have well established international cooperation with partner institutions in Europe, the Barents Region and the Circumpolar North in general.
  • Hammerfest is known as «the oil city» in Finnmark, where Snøhvit-gas is produced.
  • Harstad is located on the biggest island of Norway “Hinnøya”.
  • Kirkenes has been considered the capital of the Barents region.
  • At the foot of Fagernes Mountain, Narvik has established itself as a unique and attractive technological focal point for bright minds, successful companies and active students.

Student clubs

  • Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS)
  • DebutUkA
  • International student's union in tromsø (ISU)
  • Student House driv
  • Student Sport Centre (KRAFT)
  • Student Parliament
  • Student Society in Tromsø
  • TSI Tromsø Students Sport Club
  • University Chaplaincy
  • UTROPIA - Student Newspaper in Tromsø

Student Reviews

No i would do everything! Probably i would have started a no...
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars
No i would do everything! Probably i would have started a norwegian language course at a basic level before going there in order to improve it rapidly.
The courses was more interactive than at home, but we don't ...
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars
The courses was more interactive than at home, but we don't really studied during the courses. Teachers wanted to make set us thinking, and I liked this. I loved too that we are not forced to learn all little dates of the XXth and XXIth century (like at home), they teached us how we can see relationships and how we can relate our studies, and this is more useful than a million date. Moreover, f...
The courses were most of the time or only theoretically and ...
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars
the courses were most of the time or only theoretically and not practically