University of Oslo

The University of Oslo (UiO) was founded in 1811 as the first in Norway. Today it is the country’s largest public institution of research and higher learning with nearly 28,000 students, almost 7,000 employees, and an annual operating budget of NOK 8 billion.

UiO has eight faculties: Medicine, Dentistry, Law, Theology, Humanities, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and Education Sciences. The capital university is also home to the Viking Ship, the Historical and the Natural History Museums, a Main Library, and a wide range of associated units and centres. UiO is the highest-ranked institution of education and research in Norway, and one of the world's top 100 universities according to the Shanghai World Ranking. With five Nobel Prize laureates, UiO has a strong track record of pioneering research and scientific discovery, and it is a classical university with a broad range of academic disciplines and top research communities in most areas. Currently, UiO has eight National Centres of Excellence and a strategic focus on interdisciplinary research in the field of energy and life sciences in particular.

As a broadly based, non-profit research university, UiO has access to good public funding schemes. Lab and office facilities, libraries and technical support are at the high end. 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 and researchers nationally as well as internationally. 

Facts and figures

Year Established 1811
Total Number of Staff 6607
Number of Academic Staff 3814
Number of Students 27915
Focus Areas

– Life Sciences
– Energy
– Human Rights
– Economy
– Earth System Sciences

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Fields of Study Offered Teacher training and education science (broad programmes)
Humanities (broad programmes)
Social and behavioural science (broad programmes)
Journalism and reporting
Law (broad programmes)
Biology and biochemistry
Physical science (broad programmes)
Engineering and engineering trades (broad programmes)
Health (broad programmes)
Environmental protection (broad programmes)