About UiT

Uniquely located at 70 degrees north, UiT The Arctic University of Norway is the northernmost university in the world. UiT is one of four broad universities in Norway, and has approximately 15,500 students, 3300 staff and over 250 programmes of study at all levels, including 24 English-taught masters programmes. The university serves a multicultural European-Arctic region that is undergoing strong development. The Arctic is of increasing global importance, and UiT has a national responsibility for, and strong traditions within research and education in the Arctic. UiT is situated in the subarctic and our strategy has a special focus on research in and for the Arctic.

UiT is a multi-campus university spread throughout Northern Norway. The main campuses are located in Tromsø, Narvik and Alta, with smaller departments in the towns of Harstad, Hammerfest and Kirkenes.

UiT is a broad university, the third largest in Norway. Our study portpolio covers all classical subjects areas from Health Sciences, Social Sciences, Education and Humanities, Science and Technology to Economics, Law, Social Work, Tourism, Sports and Fine Arts.

UiT is an expert on the Arctic. Growing international interest in the region and its natural resources increases the demand for highly qualified candidates to shape the future of a globalized north. UiT is dedicated to creating and disseminating cutting-edge knowledge on the Arctic regions and their societies in change in the following priority areas:

  • Energy, climate, society and environment
  • Health, welfare and quality of life
  • Community development and democratisation
  • Sustainable use of resources
  • Life-serving technologies


UiT’s location on the edge of the European Arctic resources and environmental threats are topics of great public concern, which the UiT takes special interest in. UiT encourages interdisciplinary research and education related to Arctic global issues from a close-up perspective. Many of UiTs research centres and study programmes reflect the specific character of Arctic. All UiT centres are of high international reputation and the academy community in Tromsø is highly international. Ever since the founding of UiT in 1968, internationalisation has been a priority. English-taught programmes and courses are offered at all seven faculties. Around 25% of our staff and 15% of the student body is international, which makes UiT a diverse multicultural academic community. Our international programmes of study teach knowledge of relevance for the global labour market. They build on UiT’s experience, expertise and strengths. We offer English-taught degree programmes and one-year programmes at both Master’s and Bachelor’s level.

Campus Tromsø is the administrative centre of the university. Tromsø is a unique destination on top of the world – surrounded by some of Europe’s last pristine wild nature. Tromsø is an urban modern research city, a multicultural community and a traditional gateway to the Arctic. Tromsø is a great place to live and offers a wide range of facilities and cultural and sporting opportunities. Owing to the warming effect of the Gulf Stream, Tromsø is milder than most other places located on the same latitude.

Why UiT The Arctic University of Norway?

  • Unique geographic location in a European region of increasing global importance
  • Relevant education & research rooted in the regional development of the Arctic North that will enhance our international career
  • Exploration and adventure to expand your knowledge and capacities
  • Multicultural academic community dedicated to finding innovative solutions for the future – locally, regionally, nationally and globally
  • Excellent outdoor recreation opportunities in unique nature combined with vivid urban culture
  • Modern campuses and facilities
  • No tuition fees for foreign students


Any questions in relation to the Arctic MSCA-IF program can be directed to Theresa Mikalsen & Þorbjörg Hróarsdóttir, AFU.

Contact: ArcticMSCA@uit.no

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