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Oslo Metropolitan University

4.6 out of 5 (27 ratings / 18 reviews) Oslo, Norway
Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA) is Norway's largest state university college, with a student body of 18032 students and 1 965 employees.

Master's Programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (2)
Education & Training (1)



The University College in its current form came into being in 2011 when Oslo University College and Akershus University College merged.


HiOA offers a unique range of professional programmes that qualify students for professions that will contribute to future welfare and value creation.

A majority of the study programmes that we offer are professional programmes in which theoretical courses and supervised professional training are closely aligned.

HiOA provides education that qualifies students for employment in the health and social services, education, and public administration, media, design, arts, and for technical and business administrative positions in business and industry.


Research and development (R&D) is a necessary and vital part of the university college’s activities and should contribute towards developing a good and dynamic educational institution.

In its overarching research strategy HiOA highlights both interdisciplinary and regional cooperation. HiOA’s comparative advantage is that the institution performs research within the professions taught here. The university college creates value for society by developing knowledge that contributes to improved welfare. This research will give insights into the activities, frameworks, and conditions of sectors and occupational fields in a society that is continually changing.


Qualifying for professional careers (QPC) focuses on professional careers in relation to recruitment, drop-out, pre-service and in-service qualification processes and the ways these processes and factors are interconnected.

By focusing on pre-school and school teachers, nurses and social workers, the aim of the project is to generate knowledge on the important factors relating to recruitment and retention patterns in pre-service education and in professional work across professions, as well as how professional competencies develop in pre-service programs and the relevance of these to professional work they qualify for.

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Student services

The Service Centres are located in Pilestredet and at Kjeller. The Information Centres are located at the faculties. The following services are offered at the Service Centres:

  • Application and admission
  • General student counselling
  • Semester registration
  • IT-help for students
  • Directions
  • Buying print quotas
  • Assistance for international students

Housing services

As a student at HiOA, you can apply for affordable student housing through the Student Welfare Association (SiO).

The sooner you apply, the better are your chances of getting the room you want. As long as you have already applied to HiOA, you can apply for housing.

Even if what SiO offers is not what you initially wanted, please accept as you will only receive one offer. It is better to change rooms after you have arrived in Oslo, than to take the risk of arriving with no accommodation option.

Library services

The Learning Centre and Library has five library services and one digital unit.

  • Library - Kjeller
  • Health Sciences Library
  • Library - Sandvika

ICT services

Digital Services

We uphold the maintenance and development of the Learning Centre and Library’s digital resources.

Need help with printing, documents, programs, Fronter, etc.? Ask the IT support assistants on campus Pilestredet.

There are IT support assistants in the Learning Centre branches on campus Pilestredet.

Medical services

All members of the National Insurance scheme are entitled to a primary doctor (Norwegian: fastlege). The primary doctor is responsible for examining, diagnosing, prescribing medication and referring to a specialist doctor or hospital if necessary. The doctor is not appointed arbitrarily; the insured person gets to choose from a list of available practitioners in the near vicinity.

Student Life

Campus life

Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA) has two campuses, one in Pilestredet in Oslo and one at Kjeller in Akershus.

Kjeller Campus

Kjeller Campus is situated in rural surroundings near the city of Lillestrøm in the municipality of Skedsmo, north-east of Oslo. The area between Gardermoen and Oslo is considered to be the largest expanding region in the country in terms of settlement rate and economic activity.

Pilestredet Campus

The university college’s largest campus is located in Pilestredet in downtown Oslo. A number of the buildings are located in Frydenlund, an area of historical importance, close to Bislet.

Sports facilities

As a student at HiOA, you can use HiOA gym facilities on campus, as well as the sports facilities organized by SiO.

HiOA gyms

There are two HiOA gyms on the Pilestredet campus at Pilestredet 52 and 35, and at Kjeller. The gyms in P52 and Kjeller are free of charge for international students. You can collect your keycard to access the facilities at the information desk in Pilestredet 52.

SiO sports facilities 

SiO maintains gyms and offers more than 70 different activities. Closest to the Pilestredet Campus is Athletica Centrum. SiO has no gym at Kjeller. 

Student clubs

There are many student organizations at HiOA. We encourage you to get involved and take part!

International Students Union (ISU)

ISU is an independent organization for international students, run by international students. A board iselected at the start of each semester.

European Students Network (ESN)

Erasmus Student Network is an international non-profit organisation, with 900 sections in 40 countries.

The Student Parliament

The students’ supreme democratic body works on behalf of all students at HiOA. Their primary goal is to promote students’ academic and social interests across HiOA.


All courses are accredited according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). ECTS has been developed by the Commission of the European Communities to provide common procedures to guarantee academic recognition of studies abroad.

It is a decentralized system based upon principles of mutual trust and confidence between the participating higher education institutions. It provides a way of measuring and comparing learning achievements and transferring them from one institution to another.

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I am currently an exchange student at OsloMet. It is a relatively young university, but has a developed education system, infrastructure, student support, and all needed conditions to acquire knowledge. The system slightly differs from my home university, but not less efficient. All the subjects we have here are taught in interactive and highly professional way. Being an...

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