Cultural & student life

International students are inspired by the fantastic northern lights (Aurora Borealis), the spectacular nature and the friendly people of Tromsø. The year is packed with one cultural event after another, from film and music to food, theatre and art. The selection is nothing less than impressive for a city with merely 76,000 inhabitants.

Cultural scenes


Festivals for all seasons whether it’s winter with the polar night or summer with the midnight sun – Tromsø has various festivals for all tastes, and knows how to make the most of the Arctic climate and natural surroundings to create unforgettable experiences.

The kick-off is in January with the Tromsø International Film Festival (TIFF). It is followed by Nordlysfestivalen (Aurora Borealis Festival), The International Day of the Sami People, Latin American Festival (No Siesta Fiesta), RakettNatt (RocketNight), Bukta Open Air Rock Festival, the International Jazz Festival and so on.

Tromsø is a famous breeding ground for electronic music. Artists such as Röyksopp, Bel Canto and Mental Overdrive found their feet here and the city hosts the annual Insomnia techno festival.

Sami Week in Tromsø

Tromsø has a large and active Sami population, and February 6th marks the Sami national day. The Sami Week in Tromsø is held every year in connection to the Sami National Day. During a week packed with activity you have a unique chance to experience Saami culture in the midst of a modern city. The highlight is perhaps the Reindeer Race Championship. Watching skiers speed past behind reindeers in the middle of a snowy Storgata (Main Street) is a great crowd pleaser. A nice way to round off the day is by stopping in the lavvo (tent) where traditional Sami food is served in the Market Square.

Student life

Tuition-free quality education

UiT offers all students a distinct advantage over many universities around the world: there are no tuition or application fees for international students, regardless of citizenship. The only educational expenditure is a token semester enrolment fee of NOK 590 paid to the The Arctic Student Welfare Organisation. The payment of this semester fee will allow you to register for classes, sit examinations, access student counselling, gain membership in student organisations and receive a student card. The latter entitles you to reduced fares on public transport and reduced ticket prices to various cultural events, etc.

Exchange students can rejoice as the semester fee doesn't apply to them.

Student testimonials


UiT The Arctic University of Norway has no scholarships to offer to cover your living expenses in Norway unless you already have one before your arrival or under certain exchange schemes in collaboration with UiT and your home university:

These grants or scholarships are usually awarded automatically to students admitted to the exchange programme through their home institution.

Other Scholarships (You should be aware that these funding opportunities are few and will in most cases not cover the total costs of you stay in Norway):

Student services

UiT offers our international students special treats that include among others: comprehensive orientation programme (Debut WEEK International), priority accommodation, student counselling, social events and various student organisations that cover every interest imaginable.

By making the most of the opportunities at UiT, you can create the best student experience for you and reach your full potential through academic support, sporting clubs and our various student organisations. As a student at UiT, you learn from teachers who are proud to make their mark on the subject they teach in a favourable teacher-student ratio of 1:8.

Credit: Sara Lupini