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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. The merger will create a larger academic environment and many new opportunities for professional synergies.

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. The University College 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 University College. 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.


  • 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
  • Ambitious
  • Creative
  • Tolerant

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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