Student life at NTNU

With 20,000 students studying a range of disciplines in seven different faculties, NTNU is alive with the intellectual energy of people pursuing their dreams.

NTNU campus full of new students

Whether your passion is ship design or medical research , virtual reality or urban renewal in China , NTNU has something for you. NTNU is Norway's second largest university, with an annual budget of about US $800 million. Its 50 departments are spread out over seven major campuses, and graduate about 3,300 students every year, two-thirds of which are master's or PhD candidates. The university has more than 100 laboratory facilities distributed among the different faculties and departments. These are central elements in NTNU's education and research work. 

One hundred years of innovation

NTNU research is cutting edge, and many of the technological and cultural innovations that allow Norway to extract oil from the North Sea , grow healthy salmon in fish farms , or interpret the country's 9,000 years of human history have been developed here. In fact, the university itself, founded in 1910, has contributed a solid century of academic achievements and discoveries that have shaped Norwegian society. A brief overview of the university's first 100 years can be found here .

Norway's most popular student city

Students are at the core of NTNU's vibrancy. The university is home to roughly 350 different student organizations , where you can meet people who are interested in everything from Amnesty International to telemark skiing. SiT, the Student Welfare Association in Trondheim, operates three sports centres with training facilities and courses.

Festivals and Nobel laureates

Every other year, student volunteers organize two popular festivals: UKA , which is Norway's largest arts and music festival, and ISFiT, an internationally known student conferences. While UKA is recognized for attracting top international musicians along with a range of art exhibits, performances and its very own UKA revue, ISFiT, the International Student Festival in Trondheim, regularly attracts world leaders to address and inspire conference participants. In 2009, for example, Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu was the opening speaker. It's no wonder that Trondheim is regularly voted as Norway's best university student town.

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The Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience and the Centre for Neural Computation (CNC) represent one of the premier research environments in the world for studying the functioning of the brain and memory.
Read: How the brain creates memory.
Photo: Geir Mogen/NTNU Info.

Photo: Rune Petter Ness/NTNU Info

The graduation list for NTNU's Jazz Programme reads like a Who's Who of Norwegian Jazz musicians. Live Maria Roggen is one of many great musicians who's been educated at the university.
Read: "Cool jazz at 63 degrees north"
Photo: Rune Petter Ness/NTNU Info