Kristiania University College is a foundation whose purpose is teaching and research. All financial surplus is used to strengthen the academic and learning environment.
Kristiania University College is one of the oldest private institutions of higher education in Norway, established by Ernst G. Mortensen in 1914 as Norway’s first correspondence school, «Norsk Korrespondanseskole» (NKS). In its first year, NKS had 125 students; 15 years later it had 9,000 and during the Second World War it had more than 50,000 students. In 2022 Kristiania had more than 16 000 student and 689 employees.
In 2017, Kristiania University College and Westerdals Oslo ACT merged. From September 2019 The Norwegian College of Musical Theatre and The Norwegian University College of Dance also joined Kristiania.
Kristiania University College’s social responsibility is to offer study programmes and courses at different levels of education that are adapted to people with different qualifications, abilities and opportunities. Kristiania will educate candidates who will provide society with expertise, for both public and private sectors. We aim to contribute research-based knowledge, competence and practical learning for innovation and value creation.
Kristiania Professional College (KPC) is an integral part of Kristiania. KPC offers vocational programmes within the areas of design, communication and technology. It aims to provide practical, work-related and career-oriented programmes with a duration of 1-2 years. In 2020, ESMOD and Bårdar Academy were incorporated into KPC.