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University of Tromso

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9000 students and 2500 staff study and work at the University of Tromsø. Teaching is research-based. UiT´s six faculties offer, in spite of a dedication to Northern issues, a broad range of study programmes. The academic community in Tromsø is highly international. More than 20% of the academic staff and 10% of the student body are from abroad. The advantage of an 8:1 student-teacher ratio guarantees close guidance and a beneficial learning environment. A team of international student advisers provides services regarding all aspects of your stay at UiT.

The University of Tromsø is the northernmost university of the world located on an island in Northern Norway. It is one of eight universities in Norway. The University of Tromsø is the largest research and educational institution in northern Norway.

Highlighted programs
UiT´s key research focuses on the polar environment, indigenous people, peace and conflict transformation, telemedicine, medical biology, space physics, fishery science, linguistics and computational chemistry.

UiT´s Centre for Advanced Studies in Theoretical Linguistics, CASTL, and CTCC, Centre for Theoretical and Computational Chemistry, have both been designated Norwegian Centres of Excellence. In 2002 the Tromsø-based NST, Norwegian Centre for Telemedicine, was appointed a World Health Organization Collaboration Centre. The ARCTOS network, at the Norwegian College of Fishery Science, is a leader in research on marine arctic ecosystems and an important partner of the Norwegian Polar Institute in Tromsø. The Department of Physics focuses on northern lights and space research. All centres are of high international reputation.

Language of instruction
The University offers more than 20 English taught master´s degree programmes, and all faculties offer English taught courses at both bachelor’s and master’s level.

The faculty determines which language shall be utilised in the examination papers and answers during the examination. Details about the language of instruction and examination shall be included in the course description for the relevant course.

There are Norwegian Language Courses for international students and employees at the University of Tromsø, Level 1 and Level 2. These courses are exclusively for employees and international students at the University of Tromsø. The courses will run for an entire semester. It is possible to attend courses at the same level only once. Most courses will take place in the afternoons and evenings. For registration and further information, click here.

Important Dates

  • Autumn semester: 15 April
  • Spring semester: 1 October

Cost of living
In Norway higher education is considered a public good free of charge to any person that meets academic standards. In accordance with this principle the University of Tromsø does not charge tuition fees. Students are only obliged to pay a semester fee of 400 NOK (ca. 52 EUR/ 72 USD), which gives you the benefit of the services of the Student Welfare Organisation (SWO) such as modern accommodation, kindergartens, cafeterias and sport facilities. All international students are guaranteed a room in one of the student hostels.

In order to apply for a student residence permit students from outside EU/EEA have to document funding of their studies. According to the rules set by the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) admitted students from outside EU/EEA must document that they have at least NOK 43,800 per semester (approximately US$ 7500 /5200 Euro) at his/her disposal in a Norwegian bank account in order to be issued a student residence permit. The money guarantees, that the student is able to cover accommodation and other living costs while in Norway. You hand in a documentation of financing together with a signed Student Contract which you receive attached to your Letter of Admission.