The United Nations has named Norway the best country to live in for six years in a row. In the international environment at the University of Agder (UiA), you will not only learn from the Norwegian way of living, but also learn from your fellow students, who will be from all over the world.
The UiA was established on September 1, 2007 when Agder University College received full university status. There are about 8000 students and 850 faculty and staff, making it the fifth largest higher education institution in the country. The university is located in the twin counties of Agder. The southernmost part of the region where all three campuses are located is affectionately called "Sorlandet."
Faculty of Humanities and Education
The Faculty of Humanities and Education offers the following 30 ECTS credit (full-semester) programmes:
Norwegian Society, Education and Culture (NORSEC)
Course package in Humanities and Education
Comparative Educational Studies (PED216 & PED221)
In addition, the Faculty of Humanities and Education offers many individual courses that exchange students are free to choose. The complete selection and descriptions of all courses can be found here.
Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences
The Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences offers courses taught in English in Business, International Management, Information Systems, Political Science and Sociology. You will find a full overview.
In addition, the Faculty runs a summer school from June - August. If you are interested in the summer school, please apply directly to the European Integration Summer School.
Faculty of Health and Sport
The Department of Sport offers its popular 30 ECTS (full semester) Outdoor Education and Nature Guiding programme. Please note: All Autumn courses in the Department of Sport will be taught in Norwegian. Only the spring courses are taught in English. To take Outdoor Education, you must be able to swim.
Outdoor Education and Guiding consists of two courses:
The Faculty of Health and Sport also offers practical placements in Social Education and Nursing to students from partner institutions. You will find more details here.
Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics and Science
Courses in Mathematics and Natural Science are offered on the Kristiansand campus. Engineering and ICT are offered on the Grimstad Campus. You will find a full overview here.
Faculty of Fine Arts
Courses in the Master of Music Performance are open to exchange students from the Music Department's partner institutions. A programme description is available here.
The university offers a broad range of courses in music performance, education, theory and history.
For a sample of the undergraduate offerings in the bachelors program see their website.
For more information about the academic calendar 2017-2018, click here and scroll down.
Language of Instruction
Over fifty courses are offered in English for exchange students, though the primary language of instruction is Norwegian. Individual guidance in music performance is available in English. Additionally, all exchange student may participate in a free, non-credit Norwegian language course at the beginning of the semester.
Accommodation and Meals
International students at the University of Agder are guaranteed student accommodation. Some time after the application deadline, you will be sent a reservation code and details on how to apply for your accommodation. Please do not apply for accommodation before receiving this information from the accommodation office.
All accommodation for students is managed by SiA. Have a look at their webpage to see the different types of accommodation that is available. The price varies from NOK 2500 (USD 291) to NOK 4000 (USD 465) per month. Most exchange students choose the cheaper accommodation.
Meals are available in the student cafeteria, which is also run by SIA. The cafeteria was voted by students to be the best in Norway in 2002, 2004, and 2005 Gallup surveys. It also includes a full-service cafeteria, bakery, fast-food counter and cafe.
Lunch services range from sandwiches (NOK 30-45), salads (NOK 45), soups (NOK 25), burgers (NOK 20), and pizza (NOK15) to a full warm meal (NOK 45-55). Dinner is also available in the cafeteria until 5:30pm. However, many Norwegian students follow the tradition of bringing their lunch with them to campus and the majority of students prepare their own dinners at home. Student accommodation is self-catering, and meal plans are not offered.
Estimated Program Costs
The Semester or Academic year Abroad program is a traditional student exchange. Students who participate will pay tuition and fees for a semester (or academic year) to Montclair State University, and no additional tuition at Agder.
Students will be billed for housing by University of Agder. Other costs will include transportation, insurance, visa fees, study abroad fee, additional cultural activities, meals, etc.
Cost of Living in Kristiansand
As a general guideline, the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund estimates that the total monthly expenditure for students amounts to NOK 8,140 (USD 950), which includes housing. Students must be prepared to pay at least NOK 3,200 (373 USD) a month for furnished students accommodation which includes electricity and heating. Costs for food, recreation and travel may vary greatly from student to student according to habits and priorities, but many students are able to bring down the cost of living considerably by cooking their own food.
Application Process To Apply
Please complete the Montclair State University study abroad application process.
In addition, please submit the University of Agder application to the Study Abroad Office at Montclair State. You may download the application here: University of Agder application
Music Students Only
All music students applying for any study abroad program must first be approved by the International Committee of the John J. Cali School of Music.
Your official study abroad request should include three (3) music department references; one each from
your studio teacher
your area coordinator or academic advisor
your major ensemble director
Supply a copy of the Global Education Reference form to each of these faculty members in sufficient time for them to complete it (at least 2 weeks prior to the deadline as a courtesy). Completed references should be sent by faculty to the Chair of the International Committee by October 1st (for spring programs) or March 1st (for summer or following fall programs). The committee will review the references and make a recommendation to the Global Education Center.
Once you have been approved by the International Committee of the John J. Cali School of Music, Please complete the Montclair State University study abroad application process.
All students must complete the Montclair State University study abroad application process first to receive approval. Please click on the "Apply Now" at the top of the page to begin your application.
The Office of International Engagement
Rm. 207, Student Center Annex
Montclair State University
Montclair, NJ, 07043
Front Desk: 973 655 6862
For general questions about Study Abroad, please contact:
Dates / Deadlines:
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** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.