Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences

Oslo, Norway
Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA) is Norway's largest state university college, with a student body of 16 000 students and 1 850 employees.



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.


Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences is a recognised environment for professionally oriented and vocationally relevant research and development. The research activities shall exploit the different possibilities created in the international and multicultural metropolitan area.


HiOA Career Services provides knowledge on career planning and the labour market, and you can make an appointment for individual career counselling.

Master's Programmes

Computer Science & IT (2)
Social Sciences (2)
Arts, Design & Architecture (1)
Education & Training (1)
Medicine & Health (1)


Student services

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).

Library services

In the library, you will find literature, printing/copying machines, and work areas - both with and without computers. You can also get advice and assistance from the librarians.

Medical services

SiO Health Services offer a unique and complete health service for students who have paid the semester fee. You may also get a GP at SiO Health Services.

Student Life

Campus life

With about 17,000 students and 2000 employees, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences has a vibrant student life. If you are looking for a workplace that engages, that works closely with needs of society and industry, and stimulates its employees, then HiOA has a lot to offer for you.

Sports facilities

  • Aerobics, spinning, swimming.
  • Tennis, badminton, squash.
  • Gym, personal trainer.
  • Physiotherapy, chiropractic, sports massage
  • Various courses: dancing, swimming, tennis, yoga, martial arts etc.
  • Team sports
  • Get started-activities

Student clubs

  • Student Welfare Association (SiO)


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.