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About us

Kristiania University College is an independent foundation whose purpose is to provide education and conduct research. All economic profit is used to strengthen the school's education programs and learning environment.


Kristiania University College was established in 1914, and offers study programmes in marketing, leadership, creativity, communication and health sciences.

Kristiania University College is located in Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim. The small classes emphasizes the school’s teaching philosophy which focuses on close interaction between the students, lecturers and the industry.

Kristiania University College is a progressive college, and is particularly concerned with the society’s need for expertise and knowledge. Within all of the schools disciplines, talented researchers are working to ensure that the latest and most important knowledge translates into teaching. By being innovative and creative, the school has for over 100 years offered the education of tomorrow.

Kristiania University College – a foundation

The foundation’s purpose is to preserve and develop for the best of society as a teaching and culture institution, and by doing so, also continue the idea of our founder Ernst G. Mortensen. His belief was that everyone should be given the opportunity to achieve a higher education and personal growth. Ernst G. Mortensen founded NKS Korrespondanseskole in 1914.


With creativity and academic standing, Kristiania University College will offer tomorrow’s education today.

Facts from 2018

Kristiania University College offered the following in 2018:

  • 1 MBA-study through online studies
  • 6 master studies
  • 52 bachelor studies
  • 30 vocational educations
  • 11 one-year programmes
  • 6 postgraduate degrees

Kristiania University College had in 2018 a total of 9 843 students and  3 011 were online students.

  • Master’s students: 256
  • Bachelor’s students: 5 886
  • Vocational education students: 746
  • Online students: 3 011

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

  • Practice-oriented
  • Ambitious
  • Creative
  • Tolerant
  • Generous

Kristiania University School has for the strategy period of 2014-2018 established the following strategic objectives:

Kristiania University College will educate the students for life after graduation. The college will have practice-oriented and research-based teaching, be known for high academic and pedagogical quality and become leading in the school’s disciplines. 

Life after graduation – learning outcome

The school will be productive and contribute to change and and development to the benefit of people, the environment and society. The distance between learning and earning will be short, and the college will educate candidates who function well in the industry/sector.

Practice-oriented and research-based

The school will, through our study programs where education and business contact are interrelated, bring students into contact with the practice field as early as possible, and prepare them for employment.

The education we provide will be job relevant and reflect the development in the business. For Kristiania University College it is important to contribute with research-based knowledge and expertise. The research will contribute with new knowledge in teaching which can form the basis of innovation and value creation.

Known for high academic and pedagogical quality (Teaching quality)

In teaching, flexible teaching and assessment methods will be emphasized, as well as adjusting our pedagogic in order to best reach the learning goals. Our teaching will be based on the latest and most relevant research in the field.

Leading in our subject areas

The school aims to educate within the disciplines that are among Norway’s most important value creators, both today and tomorrow. These areas provides society with skills, entrepreneurship and innovation by education workers for both the public and privat sector, particularly where we see major societal needs.


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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