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About us

Kristiania University College is a foundation whose purpose is teaching and research. All financial surplus is used to strengthen the academic and learning environment.


Kristiania University College is one of the oldest private institutions of higher education in Norway, established by Ernst G. Mortensen in 1914 as Norway’s first correspondence school, «Norsk Korrespondanseskole» (NKS). In its first year, NKS had 125 students; 15 years later it had 9,000 and during the Second World War it had more than 50,000 students.

In 2017, Kristiania University College and Westerdals Oslo ACT merged. From September 2019 The Norwegian College of Musical Theatre and The Norwegian University College of Dance also joined Kristiania.

Kristiania University College’s social responsibility is to offer study programmes and courses at different levels of education that are adapted to people with different qualifications, abilities and opportunities. Kristiania will educate candidates who will provide society with expertise, for both public and private sectors. We aim to contribute research-based knowledge, competence and practical learning for innovation and value creation.

Kristiania Professional College (KPC) is an integral part of Kristiania. KPC offers vocational programmes within the areas of design, communication and technology. It aims to provide practical, work-related and career-oriented programmes with a duration of 1-2 years.

Kristiania University College is a member of the European University Association. 


  • Student population: 9 843 full-time students and 3 011 online students
  • Bachelor students: 5 886
  • Master students: 256
  • Professional College students: 746
  • Numbers of exchange students: 110
  • Number of programmes: 105
  • Academic staff: 260
  • Administrative  staff: 183

Kristiania University College has defined four core values that work as guidelines in all of its efforts

  • Practice-oriented
  • Broadminded
  • Ambitious
  • Creative
  • Tolerant

The foundation will offer the courses and programs demanded by the market at different levels of education, adapted to the applicants’ different qualifications and composition of age, gender, abilities and opportunities.

The primary goal is to reach a broad group of society, in accordance with the foundation’s philosophy that everyone should be given greater opportunities for education and personal growth.

Kristiania University College’s primary tasks are research and teaching, and we aim to deliver research results of high international caliber within our areas of expertise; marketing, management, communication, creativity and health.

It is important that the knowledge developed and produced by our students may be used in the workplace. Close relationships , dialogue and specific cooperation with employers is inspiring and useful for everyone involved.

All our programs have well-developed collaborations with relevant industries . Such collaborations may concern:

  • Cases
  • Student projects
  • Student competitions
  • Internships
  • Bachelor thesis

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