"The place you'll never forget"

Volda University College

Volda University College (VUC) prides itself in providing the best possible environment for its students and staff. Creative and active scholars and administrators have made Volda a respected university.

Long traditions

The university college was originally founded 150 years ago, as the first teacher training college in rural Norway. Today, it offers one PhD programme (joint degree with Molde University College), six Master’s programmes, more than 30 undergraduate programmes and about 450 courses. The studies offered are varied and include among others: media and communication, general and pre-school teacher training education, social sciences, child care, social planning and governance, as well as literature, linguistics, math and science, history, arts and crafts, outdoor life and physical education, music and drama.

Nationally, Volda University College is perhaps best known for its journalism school, having educated many of the most important and influential journalists in Norway over the last thirty years.

Modern facilities

First class IT equipment is easily accessible in any of the numerous computer rooms on campus. There is a wireless network open to all students. The library is modern and offers access to books and periodicals from around the world. All around the campus there are fully equipped special purpose rooms such as radio and TV studios, drama rooms, group study and workshop rooms, an animation studio and more.


Volda University College collaborates with over 100 universities and research institutes around the world, in student exchang, research, faculty exchang and more. All students at VUC have the option of taking part of their degree at universities overseas. More than a hundred international students are enrolled at Volda University College during any given academic year, and their number is growing. The university college is among the foremost in internationalisation in Norway.

Research and development

Research and development plays an important role at the university, providing a solid foundation for the education we offer.  Strategic research areas include media and journalism, cultural encounters, professional practices, educational research, welfare studies, and applied arts. The nature of the research varies from individual research programs to applied development projects conducted in close cooperation with end users. The college encourages students to participate in research projects.

Compact campus

Our university campus is compact, with all the buildings within five minutes' walking distance from each other, and very close to the student accommodation. The sports hall is across the street from the university college buildings and gives students the opportunity to use the sports facilities (from swimming pool to fitness and bodybuilding studio, and an indoor sports hall).