University of Oslo

Oslo, Norway
The University of Oslo is the oldest and largest university in Norway, situated in the Norwegian capital of Oslo. The university was founded in 1811 as The Royal Frederick University and was modelled after the recently established University of Berlin. It was originally named after King Frederick of Denmark and Norway and received its current name in 1939.



Until the founding of the University in 1811, the University of Copenhagen was the only university of Denmark-Norway. After the dissolution of the Dano-Norwegian union in 1814, close academic ties between the countries have been maintained. The University of Oslo was the only university in Norway until 1946, and hence informally often known as simply "The University".


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.


Strategic research areas

  • Life science
  • Energy
  • Nordic
  • Other interdisciplinary research areas


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.

Master's Programmes

Computer Science & IT (9)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (9)
Education & Training (5)
Arts, Design & Architecture (2)
Journalism & Media (2)
Business & Management (1)


Student services

Student cafeteriasSiO operates around 40 on-campus restaurants and cafés with a varied selection of menus, including vegetarian and halal food. Prices are student friendly.Student counsellingSiO has a team of professional counsellors to whom students can turn for advice in academic, financial, or personal matters.

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 library can help you with your assignments

  • Write an orderly reference list. We provide courses in Endnote and other tools, which can make writing a reference list more efficient.
  • We provide customised courses on searching. See which courses are included in your study programme.
  • Your master's thesis must be submitted to DUO when you have completed it.

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

Student Health ServicesAn on-campus student health centre with 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

Student SportsA variety of activities are available for individual exercise or under the supervision of fully qualified instructors, in both indoor and outdoor facilities.

Student clubs

The Foundation for Student Life in Oslo (SiO)SiO works to enhance the overall educational experience by providing a wide range of affordable services. Students pay a small fee each semester for this (generally, exchange students are extempted from paying the semester registration fee).

The Global Study Awards

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