Norwegian University of Life Sciences


As the name suggests, the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBW) is a public institute known for innovation in life sciences. It is located in Ås, Norway. The University was founded during the 19th century as a college. It was later transformed into a university in 2005 and was given its present name.

There are seven faculties at the University that offer a large number of bachelor's and master's programs. Some of these degrees are provided in English, while most programs are in Norwegian. One Bachelor's program is in English, which is International Environment and Development Studies. It has eight centres. 

The Master's programs which are in English, are as follows.

  • Aquaculture

  • Aquatic Food production - Safety and Quality

  • Development and Natural Resource Economics

  • Agroecology

  • Animal Breeding and Genetics

  • Feed Manufacturing Technology

  • Data Science

  • International Relations

  • International Development Studies

  • Ecology

  • Radioecology

  • International Environmental Studies

 NMBW has many notable alumni. Many of these include.

  • Lars Korvald - Politician

  • Jumanne Maghembe - Politician

  • Ada Arnstad - Politician

  • Joakim Lystad - Agronomist

  • Hanne Refsholt - Businessperson

  • Sigvald Hasund - Professor, Politician, Historian


There are more than 5,000 full-time students, including national and international students. These international students come through exchange programs from over 93 universities worldwide. These include 44 European, six Nordic and eight North American institutions.

It is essential to know about the study permit of Norway before applying for the University. Also, learn about their residence permit for vocational training and research.


Students are housed in the Pentagon, a cluster of buildings south of the NMBU campus. The University offers only a limited number of housing, and it might only be able to facilitate some. In such a case, researchers are supposed to contact their department, which will assist them in finding a private residence.


Norwegian University of Life Sciences is undoubtedly among the top 5 universities in Norway and the top 301st best University in Europe. It also scores 4.1 stars at Studyportals, a platform where students get to rank universities according to their experience.

The global ranking of the Norwegian University of Life Sciences is as follows.

  • Rank #736 by US News and World Report

  • Rank from 601 to 800 by Times Higher Education (THE) World

  • Rank #758 by the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR)

  • Rank #801 by Shanghai Jiao Tong University

 National rankings of NMBW are:

  • Rank #5 by US News and World Report

  • Rank #6 by the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR)


Norwegian University of Life Sciences
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