Aalesund University College has about 2000 students and 200 staff. The University College is located 4 km from the centre of Aalesund.
Aalesund University College consists of five faculties with a wide range of study programmes at bachelor`s and master`s levels, in addition to courses.
The academic profile for the study programmes at Aalesund University College is in business management, engineering, health care, fisheries and maritime trade. The University College has an important role as a provider of expertise to the region, and many study programmes have a close cooperation with industry.
The academic activities at Aalesund University College are organized in five faculties:
* Faculty of Health Sciences
* Faculty of International Marketing
* Faculty of Life Sciences
* Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
* Faculty of Maritime Technology and Operations
Aalesund University College (AAUC) co-operates with the maritime sector in order to provide the best education, resulting in state-of-the-art simulators for advanced training.
AAUC facilitates simulators for realistic and relevant simulation of offshore-operations, navigation, handling anchors and dynamic positioning (DP).
The library is located at second floor in the F-building. Enjoy the view of majestic mountains while reading books, magazines or newspapers - or while studying in the reading room.
The support service "Orakel" is ICT-apprentices available for students and employees every day from 08.00 - 16.00.
Aalesund is located on the west coast of Norway and has a population of 43.000. It is situated in the industrious region of Sunnmøre, which counts approx. 150.000 inhabitants.
Unique architecture and history
Aalesund was devastated by fire in 1904, and was later (by help of amongst others the Emperor William II of Germany) completely rebuilt in the prevalent style - Art Nouveau. Nowadays, Aalesund is one of the very few remaining Art Nouveau towns in the world, with an atmosphere and distinctive character valued by inhabitants and visitors alike. The scenery from the mountain close to the town centre is unique.
Aalesund is Norway's fishery capital with several ship owners, a large fishing industry and high expertise in exportation of sea products. Aalesund harbour is Norway's largest port for fish exports.
The greater Aalesund area is one of the world's leading crossroads and a cluster of expertise for the fishing industry - deep sea fishing, fish farming, fish processing - and other maritime activities, such as ship design, ship construction and production of ship equipment.
These industries are responsible for the development of some of the best and most advanced fishing vessels and offshore oil service vessels in the world. Local companies like Rolls Royce Marine Technology and Aker Maritime are also servicing the ship building industry world-wide
The region is also the centre of the Norwegian upholstered furniture industry.
Aalesund University College has established close links with local companies both with respect to development, research and possibility for student projects.
Scenery and climate
The region is famous for its beautiful scenery with high mountains and blue fjords, of which the Geiranger fjord is one of the most attractive tourist places in Norway.
The climate is less severe than might be expected from its geographical location (N 62 degrees), with mild winters and cool summers. As the sea, the woods and the mountains are easily accessible, the possibilities for outdoor and sport activities are excellent, both in the summer and winter season. Under "Leisure activities" you will find more information about what the region can offer you!
Cultural life in Aalesund
Aalesund is one of the very few remaining Art Nouveau towns in the world, with an atmosphere and distinctive character valued by inhabitants and visitors alike.
During a short stroll in the centre you will experience a thriving town with pleasant restaurants, bars and cafeterias and Brosundet, a narrow strait that runs through the centre, as attractive focal point.
Aalesund has a longstanding tradition as a centre of commerce. The shops are ranging from small specialised outlets to large shopping centres. The Moa shopping area, 10 km from the town centre, attracts visiting shoppers from far and near.
Aalesund can offer a range of sights and activities with museums like the Art Noveau centre, Aalesund Museum and Sunnmøre Museum, or the largest aquarium of Northern Europe, Atlanterhavsparken.
The town has annual theatre festival in March, leisure boat festival in July and food festival in August. In summer, a number of historical plays are staged around Sunnmøre.
The three music festivals Midtsommerjazz, Jugendfest and Sommerfesten are held during summer, and attract both national and international names to the lineup. Check their joint website at Momentium.
The local football team is in the upper division, and has its home arena close to Volsdalsberga student homes.
The view from the mountain Aksla and the restaurant Fjellstua at the mountain top is unique and well worth the climb of 418 steps from the town park!
The region is famous for its beautiful scenery with high mountains and blue fjords, of which the Geiranger fjord is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Norway.
The Sunnmøre region offers great possibilities for hiking tours in summer and skiing in winter.
In winter, Strandafjellet ski centre is popular destination.
The Norwegian Trekking Assocation (DNT) - and its local division Ålesund-Sunnmøre Trekking Association (ÅST) - arranges hiking and skiing tours in the Norwegian mountains.
In the summer season, it is possible to join sightseeing tours in the Ålesund surroundings. The local tourist office will have a complete list of possible tours and can be contacted for information and prices.
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Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Master's degree at Aalesund University College!