University of Oslo

The University of Oslo (Universitetet i Oslo, Universitas Osloensis) is the oldest and largest university in Norway, situated in the Norwegian capital of Oslo.

It was founded in 1811 as The Royal Frederick University (in Norwegian Det Kongelige Frederiks Universitet and in Latin Universitas Regia Fredericiana). The university was modelled after the recently established University of Berlin, and originally named after King Frederick of Denmark and Norway. It received its current name in 1939.

The university has faculties of (Lutheran) Theology, Law, Medicine, Humanities, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Dentistry, Social Sciences, and Education. The Faculty of Law is still located at the old campus on Karl Johans gate (Oslo's central pedestrian street), near the National Theatre, the Royal Palace, and the Parliament, while most of the other faculties are located at a modern campus area called Blindern, erected from the 1930s.

Currently the university has about 32,000 students and employs about 4,600 people. It is considered one of the leading universities of Scandinavia. In 2007 the University of Oslo was ranked as the best university in Norway, the 19th best in Europe and 69th best in the world in the Academic Ranking of World Universities. Also, in 2005 its faculty of humanities was ranked as the best in the Nordic countries, the 5th best in Europe and the 16th best in the world by the Times Higher Education Supplement.

Until the founding of the University in 1811, the University of Copenhagen was the only university of Denmark-Norway. After the dissolution of the Dano-Norwegian union in 1814, close academic ties between the countries have been maintained. The University of Oslo was the only university in Norway until 1946.

The University of Oslo is home to five Nobel Prize winners, with one of the Nobel Prizes (the Nobel Peace Prize) itself being awarded in the city of Oslo, close to the Faculty of Law.


Faculty of Theology

Faculty of Law

  • Norwegian Research Center for Computers and Law (NRCCL)
  • Department of Criminology and the Sociology of Law
  • Department of Private Law
  • Department of Public and International Law
  • Section for Information Technology and Administrative Systems (SITAS)
  • Nordic Institute of Maritime Law
  • Centre for European Law
  • Norwegian Centre for Human Rights

Faculty of Medicine

  • Institute of Basic Medical Sciences
  • Institute of General Practice and Community Medicine
  • Institute of Psychiatry
  • Psychosocial Centre for refugees
  • Institute of Health Management and Health Economics
  • Institute of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Faculty Division Aker University Hospital
  • Faculty Division Akershus University Hospital
  • Faculty Division Rikshospitalet
  • Faculty Division Ullevaal University Hospital
  • Faculty Division The Norwegian Radium Hospital
  • The Centre for Molecular Biology and Neuroscience

Faculty of Humanities

  • Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History
  • Department of Cultural Studies and Oriental Languages
  • Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas
  • Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages
  • Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies
  • Department of Media and Communication
  • Department of Musicology
  • Unit for Digital Documentation
  • The Ibsen Centre
  • Centre for Viking and Medieval Studies
  • The Norwegian Institute in St. Petersburg
  • The Norwegian Institute in Rome
  • Norwegian Centre for Research Cooperation with France

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

  • Department of Biology
  • Department of Molecular Biosciences
  • School of Pharmacy
  • Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Informatics
  • Department of Geosciences
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Physics of Geological Processes
  • Centre of Mathematics for Applications
  • Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis
  • Centre for Materials Science and Nanotechnology
  • Centre for Entrepreneurship

Faculty of Dentistry

  • Department of Oral Biology
  • Institute of Clinical Dentistry

Faculty of Social Sciences

  • Department of Sociology and Human Geography
  • Department of Political Science
  • Department of Psychology
  • Department of Social Anthropology
  • Department of Economics
  • Centre for technology, innovation and culture
  • ARENA - Centre for European studies

Faculty of Education

  • Department of Teacher Education and School Development
  • Department of Special Needs Education
  • Institute for Educational Research
  • The Autism Unit
  • Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in New Media and Communication Technology

University Library

  • Library of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Library of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Law Library
  • Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences Library

Units directly under The Senate


Museum of Cultural History

  • The Historical Museum
  • Collection of Coins and Medals
  • Ethnographic Museum
  • The Viking Ship Museum

Natural History Museum

  • Mineralogical-geological Museum
  • Paleontological Museum
  • Zoological Museum
  • Botanical Garden
  • Botanical Museum



Nobel laureates

Five researchers at the University of Oslo have been awarded Nobel Prizes:


Student life

Like all public institutions of higher education in Norway, the university does not charge tuition fees. However, a small fee of 420 NOK (roughly 80 USD) per term goes to the student welfare organisation Studentsamskipnaden i Oslo, to subsidise kindergartens, health services, housing and cultural initiatives, the weekly newspaper Universitas and the radio station Radio Nova.

See also

  • Against Nature?, an exhibit at the University of Oslo's Natural History Museum, taking place until August 19, 2007.
  • Sigmund Mowinckel, one of the world's most notable Psalms scholars. He was educated in the University and then taught there beginning in 1917.


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