Russia, as a neighbouring country, has been a focus of UiO international cooperation since the early 1990's. Cooperation with Russian higher education and research institutions is on the rise. New state-to-state agreements and national, Nordic and EU funding opportunities have paved the way for joint research and educational cooperation.

Botanists from Russia, Norway, Canada and USA collaborate to classify the panarctic flora. Photo: Yngve Vogt, UiO.

Collaboration in Medicine

The University of Oslo has been collaborating with the Russian Academy of Sciences and several medical universities since 1993, initially aiming to prevent brain drain in the medical sciences. 

Presently, collaboration in research and education with Russian counterparts is systematically being built in three main areas: Cardiology, Cancer and Stem Cell Research, and Palliative Care.

Arctic research and cooperation

The Arctic is one of UiO's interdisciplinary research areas, although research on the Arctic has been carried out since the latter part of the 19th century. The UiO is a partner in the network Arctic Frontiers, and a member of the University of the Arctic (UArctic).

In August 2015, a group of researchers from the CEED Earth Crisis group went to Kamchatka Peninsula, Russian Far East, to collect samples from the recent eruption of the volcano Tolbachik.
Photo: Dr. Morgan T. Jones, Researcher - CEED, UiO.


Russians are one of the largest groups of international students at the University of Oslo. Full degree programmes at Bachelor's and Master's level are very attractive, and only a handful spend time at the UiO as exchange students.The UiO International Summer School also attracts its fair share of Russian students.

The UiO offers Russian language courses at both Bachelor 's and Master's level. Consequently, most UiO exchange students in Russia are students in Russian.

The National Research University, Higher School of Economics is one of UiO’s key partner universities in Russia. The two institutions have exchanged students and staff since 2014 as a direct result of mutual strategic collaboration. The relationship has further been reinforced by the institutions' participation in the Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility Programme.


Traditionally, research cooperation between UiO and Russian institutions has been in the "hard sciences", particularly Nuclear and Particle Physics. In recent years, collaboration between almost all UiO faculties and Russian academic and research institutions has been initiated. Important research collaboration has been developed in geophysics with relevance for oil and gas exploration. Collaboration in research and training on sustainable exploitation of marine resources has been commenced. Health research continues to be an area of priority for UiO-Russia academic collaboration. And research on Russian language, culture, society and contemporary politics is gaining momentum. In the three-year period 2013-15, UiO had 563 co-publications with Russian institutions.

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