Semester start

Welcome to Volda University College!

Official opening of the academic year is Tuesday 14 August.

Opening Day Program:

  • 12.00:
    • Greetings from VUC Rector Johann Roppen
    • Keynote speaker Mah-Rukh Ali (news anchor, author and former VUC student)
    • Music from SideBrok
  • 12.45: Students meet their buddies and fellow students
    13.15: Orientation meeting for each study programme - the buddies are guiding everyone to the right place
  • 14.30: The buddies organize activities leading to the Opening Party at Studenthuset Rokken

The official opening takes place outdoors, behind the Berte Kanutte-building.

Checklist for international students

1. Registration

All students must register every semester in order to become a student at the university college. Registration gives you access to the E-learning system, enrolls for assessment/exams, gives you access to campus buildings and access to different computer systems. Registration for the autumn semester 2018 is open in the period 1. August - 1. September 2018. The registration takes place in Studentweb

Incoming exchange students are registered for the semester by the VUC International Office and do not have to register themselves.

Please contact the Student Service Office in Berte Kanutte-huset if you have any questions: +47 70 07 50 18 | 

2. Student identity card, semester fee and semester card

VUC students are issued a student ID card which can be used to:

  • access to main campus buildings and rooms after opening hours (evenings and weekends)
  • borrow of  books in the university college library
  • print at the printer/copy machines on campus (all students will initially have 30 prints on their account)

Semester fee

All students are required to pay a semester fee. Payment deadline and information about amount can be found in Studentweb

Note that incoming exchange students from partner universities, are exempt from paying the semester fee at VUC since they pay semester fees to their home university.

Semester card

Volda University College offers a digital Student ID (Studentbevis app) which replaces the paper-based semester receipt. The digital semester receipt can be downloaded on your mobile device through the app and will be accepted as proof of student status by transport service companies in Norway. For degree students, payment of semester fee and semester registration are required to access the digital Student ID.


3. Life in Volda

Volda is the place yo'll never forget!

Volda is known for its active student environment and the university college is also known for the top study programmes in media and journalism, as well as long traditions for teacher training. 

Find out more about Student Life in Volda!


4. When you arrive in Volda

New international students should have received an e-mail with a link to an online form. Complete this online form to inform us of your date of arrival and arrange for transport from the airport/bus station to the student apartments.

If you are going to stay in one of Sivolda`s student rooms or appartements, you can borrow cutleries and linen from Pangaia. Again, you indicate this in the online form. Please contact the International Office for help and information  

Pangaia – the international meeting point at Volda University College, will arrange different events in the first weeks of the semester, and is also working together with the Buddy programme to help international students to settle in.

Join Pangaia`s group on Facebook


5. Information channels at Volda University College

Students get information regarding studies and student life through various channels at the university college, such as: Studentweb, Canvas - Learning Management System, e-mail and the Student Service Office-page at

6. Sivolda - the service- and welfare organization

Sivolda is the short name of Studentsamskipnaden in Volda. Sivolda is a service- and welfare organisation for all the students in Volda, and are working to give every student a safe and effective study situation.

Sivolda provides: 


7. Special needs support

Do you have dyslexia, a chronic illness, mental health issues or other diagnoses?
If this can affect your studies, we will do our best to offer special arrangements. We cannot modify the academic requirements, but we can look for sensible solutions.
Student adviser
Ingunn Teigen Blindheim is the person to contact with regard to special needs arrangements.

8. Finding your way on Campus

Download the app Mazemap. The app will help you find buildings and rooms on Campus.

9. Travel to Volda

Traveling to and from Volda is easy. There are several ways to get here, depending on time, budget and your preferred transport method.

Get the overview

10. Volda and the region of Sunnmøre

Volda is a small place in the middle of Fjord Norway. The nearest town is Ålesund, and the Sunnmøre area is "where mountains and fjords meet the ocean".

VisitNorway - Ålesund &  Sunnmøre

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Student Service Office

Stop by during opening hours: 

Visit the Student Service Office in Berte Kanutte (BK), ground floor


  • Monday - Friday, 8.00 am - 3.30 pm
  • E-mail:
  • Phone: +47 70 07 54 00

IT-support is located in Berte Kanutte (BK), ground floor, next to the cafeteria.