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Welcoming students from 71 countries

490 new students from 71 different countries arrived at UiS this week. This is the highest number of international students ever to attend our university.

International students Ready to begin their studies in Stavanger: (from the left) Saul Rivera, Mexico; Nuria Vila, Spain; Marta De Pedro, Spain; Guillermo Mortera, Mexico and Natalia Corpas, Spain. (Photo: Mari Hult)

Tailored Orientation Days will give the international students the best possible start for their student life in Stavanger.

First on the agenda for Saul Rivera, who recently arrived from Mexico, is registration and organising a student card. He will be studying industrial economy.

Rivera has already made friends with his fellow countryman, Guillermo Mortera (mechanical engineering), and the Spanish students, Nuria Vila and Marta De Pedro (hotel management) and Natalia Corpas (Nordic Master in Social Work and Welfare).

"We’re delighted to welcome students from so many different countries to Stavanger and UiS", said Elias Conde Pais, Senior Executive Officer at the UiS International Office.

Positive for the region

Conde considers the record numbers of international students coming to UiS to be very positive for both the university and the Stavanger region.

"Our university and region have a lot to offer both in terms of academia and experience. There has been a steady increase in the number of international students at the university in recent years and it seems that their positive experiences have been influential in putting UiS and Stavanger on the world map", said Conde.

Last year, 385 new international students from 68 different countries started at UiS. This year, the university received 3,004 international applications which were whittled down to 490 students from 71 different countries. The majority of these students are from France, Pakistan, Iran, Spain and Germany.

"This is around a 20% increase in the number of international students from last year which we’re very pleased with", said Conde, before adding that there is room for more qualified applicants.

The study programme that received the most international applications this year is the Master in Business Administration (Strategy Management) with 366 applicants for 15 places. Oil-related programmes also continue to be popular among international students. Almost 900 applicants chose these programmes as their first preference - twice as many as last year.

Focus on increased internationalisation

One of UiS' focus areas is increased internationalisation at the university. With this in mind, they hope to attract more international students, whilst sending more Norwegian students on exchange programmes.

"This is why we are continually striving to form bonds with other universities throughout the world. We encourage all students to spend a semester abroad. It's really worthwhile", said Conde.  

New international master's programmes

Our focus on internationalisation has, among other things, resulted in two new international master's programmes: Energy, Environment and Society and Nordic Master in Social Work and Welfare.