University of Oslo


The University of Oslo, sometimes known as UiO, was founded in 1813. It was Norway's most prominent and oldest higher education institution. Since then, it has achieved significant academic advances in law and science (mainly marine science) and liberated Norway from Denmark.

The original campus of UiO is situated close to the national assembly and the royal palace in the city's centre. From there, you can take the subway to its main campus in Blindern, near wooded hills with views of Oslo Fjord.

The university is the most critical research institution in Norway, and it is comprised of eight faculties: theology, law, medicine, humanities, mathematics and natural sciences, dentistry, social sciences, and education. Each faculty specialises in a different area of study. It provides nearly 800 courses taught entirely in English and 40 Master's degree programmes.

As a traditional institution with various academic subjects, the University of Oslo boasts leading research communities in most fields. In addition, UiO has eight National Centers of Excellence and a strategic emphasis on interdisciplinary research, particularly in energy and life sciences.


The University of Oslo has about 27,700 students and approximately 6,000 employees.

Like other public institutions of higher education in Norway, the university does not charge tuition fees. A fee of about 70 USD per term goes to the student welfare organisation to help pay for kindergartens, health services, housing, cultural projects, the weekly newspaper Universitas, and the radio station Radio Nova.

A copy and paper fee of about 25 USD is charged to full-time students, while a copy and paper fee of about 12 USD is charged to part-time students.


Student housing at the University of Oslo is prearranged in hostels. You can investigate student accommodation options and apply for your chosen housing. Students accepted into degree or exchange programmes at the University of Oslo can also apply for student accommodation via SiO Housing.

Residence halls are situated in different city areas close to the university. Most students live in student communities. The student towns have grocery shops and are near several eateries and cafes. A few rooms offer a private bathroom and kitchenette, while most rooms share a bathroom and kitchen. You have the option of selecting a furnished or unfurnished dorm. In addition to wheelchair-accessible accommodation, several residence halls provide bike parking.



Global academic rankings of the University of Oslo are as below:

  • Rank #119 by Times Higher Education in 2022
  • Rank #113 by  QS World University Rankings in 2021
  • Rank #61 by Academic Ranking of World Universities in 2021
  • Rank from 201–250 by Graduate Employability Ranking
  • Rank from 126-150 by World Reputation Ranking in 2021



University of Oslo
Problemveien 7, 0315 Oslo, Norway

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