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International relations

The University of Stavanger welcomes a growing number of international students and staff to our region each year, and hosts numerous projects, events and other cooperation activities every year.

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UiS is an international university in a strong region. (Photo: Morten Berentsen)

Around 18% of Stavanger inhabitants have a foreign background, situating the UiS in a strongly internationalized region. The UiS admits around 400 international students pr year, and our institutional strategy sets the target for more growth in the coming years.

All levels of the university work towards a higher degree of internationalization, which is part of our strategy for quality development in studies and research, as well as our dialogue with external partners. The International Office is a main point of contact for partners and prospective students.

Student mobility

Student mobility to the UiS is organised through a cooperation between the academic departments and the central International Office.

For all information about our academic offer and practical information for inbound exchange students, please see the admission pages for inbound exchange students.

Staff exchange at the UiS

Staff exchange is an important part of internationalization of higher education. Visiting each other provides opportunities for professional development as well as intercultural learning experiences, benefiting students, staff and partners.

Staff members of partner universities can visit the UiS provided a pre-agreed programme has been approved by both the home and host institutions. In most cases, an invitation to visit should be sent from the relevant UiS department to start the process of programme negotiation. Most visits are organized by departments, but also central administrative units may occasionally host visitors.

Staff from Erasmus partner universities can apply for funds to their home university to cover expenses related to visits to the UiS.

To find out if you can visit the UiS, please contact your home institution agreement coordinator or EMC - Euraxess Mobility Centre (email:) to find out more.


The UiS participates in both institutional and academic networks for the enhancement and strengthening of our academic and administrative capacity.

Institutional networks:

European Consortium of Innovative Universities

Academic networks:





International cooperation agreements

University of Stavanger has established cooperation agreements with many educational institutions locally and internationally.

Full list of partners within the NORDLYS and academic NORDPLUS networksare listed on the following web pages:

Other programmes

We participate in a number of programmes to foster student and staff mobility as well as cooperation for research and development.

Programme participation is based on the institutional strategy to continually develop opportunities for students and staff in line with national and international priorities and recommendations. The Erasmus programme and other European programmes are central to achieve our goals, and central administrative units are responsible for coordinating the programmes and provide information internally and externally.

For more information, please see the individual programmes below:

Other programmes

EEA and Norway Grants

EEA and Norway Grants are financial mechanisms aimed at reducing economic and social disparities and strengthening bilateral relations with 15 European countries.

The University of Stavanger will consider participation in projects and cooperation activities proposed by institutions in the beneficiary countries participating in relevant programmes.

In the previous EEA Grants period (2009-2014), the UiS participated in projects and researcher mobility activities, both enriching our academic culture and strengthening our education and research activities.

In the current programme period (2014-2020), the UiS aims to increase participation in the cooperation programmes for research and innovation, education and culture.

For statistical information about UiS project participation, please check the EEA and Norway Grants project portal.

Institutional contact points:

Trym N. Holbek,

Division of Academif Affairs, International Office

Area: Scholarships, education and culture

Kyrre Aas,

EU R&D Unit

Division of Research

Area: Research and innovation

other programmes

Norwegian Programme for Capacity Development in Higher Education and Research for Development

The NORHED programme was launched in 2012 by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad).

The aim of the NORHED programme is to strengthen capacity of higher education institutions in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs), to educate more and better qualified candidates, and to increase quality and quantity of research conducted by the countries’ own researchers.

So far in the programme, two calls for project proposals have been published, the first in 2013 with the launch of the programme for all thematic areas, and the second one in 2016 with a specific thematic focus on Education for Development. Since 2013, UiS has been granted support for two projects, both in the field of mathematics education.

2013: Improving Mathematics Teacher Education in Malawi (QZA 0483 MWI-13/0022).

2016: Strengthening Numeracy in Early Years Primary Education through Professional Development of Teachers (QZA 0483 MWI-16/0020)

NORHED institutional contact person at UiS:

Magdalena Brekke 

International office


other programmes


Are you interested in projects and partnerships with universities in the Global South?

The Norwegian Partnership Programme for Global Academic Cooperation (NORPART) facilitates institutional cooperation and mutual student mobility.

Application deadline: 27.05.2021 at 12.00 CEST

A seminar for applicants will be held online on Wednesday 17 March 2021.

The overall aim of NORPART is to enhance the quality of higher education in Norway and the Global South through academic cooperation and mutual student mobility.

Higher education institutions in thirty-nine developing countries are eligible for funding from NORPART, in partnership with one or more institutions in Norway. Please find the list of NORPART partner countries here. In addition, this call is open for applications for partnerships with selected institutions in South Africa.

Student mobility through academic partnerships is a core element in NORPART. All projects should include plans for student mobility, with substantial numbers of mobile students from partner countries to Norway for stays of minimum 3 months’ duration.

  • Full degree master’s scholarships for students/staff from the Global South
  • Joint curriculum development, development of courses, study programmes and degrees
  • Development of educational methods and materials (including digitalisation)
  • Improvement of systems for approval and recognition of education from partner institutions (credit transfer)
  • Dissemination activities
  • Student participation in research activities/projects
  • Joint teaching and supervision, incl. guest lecturing
  • Joint field courses, intensive courses, and summer schools
  • Joint workshops/seminars
  • Courses/trainings/study visits for academic and administrative staff
  • Collaboration with partners from public and private sectors, NGOs, and local communities
  • Student work placements

Each project may be awarded up to NOK 6 million in project funding. In addition, each project can apply for funding of a limited number of full degree master’s scholarships. More information available on

No. Activities at Bachelor level may be included in the projects, but student mobility at Bachelor level cannot be funded by NORPART. However, Bachelor students may travel with other funding, such as from the State Educational Loan Fund or Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility.

All applicants will be informed of the outcome of the evaluation process tentatively by the end of September 2021.

Magdalena Brekke and Olga Fagerland from International Office.