VID Established: 2016 January 1

VID Specialized University

Diakonveien 14-18, 0370 Oslo

VID Specialized University (VID vitenskapelige høgskole) is an accredited, private higher education institution. With approximately 400 employees and 4000 students VID is the third largest private higher education institutions in Norway.

  • 3,000+
    Total Students
  • Yes
    Financial Aid


The history of VID is based on diaconal and missional pioneer work from 1843, making VID the oldest private institution of higher education in Norway.

A value-based and church based specialized university with high academic teaching- and research ambitions relevant to society and the church.

VID’s education portfolio and research engagements embody the Christian diaconal tradition and offer a unique contribution to professional practice within the University’s sectors and disciplines.

VID will educate leaders and professionals for service in the health, social and educational sectors and the church through programmes of higher education and by conducting research, development and innovation on a high international level within health- and social sciences, pedagogy, culture- and social studies, management, diakonia and theology.

VID offers programmes of professional studies within nursing, occupational therapy, social education, family therapy, diakonia and theology, in addition to a number of other programmes at Bachelor, Master and continuing education levels. VID offers two PhD programmes: Diakonia, Values and Professional Practice and Theology and Religion.

Programs / Degrees at VID Specialized University


  • Nursing
  • Occupational therapy
  • Social educator
  • Social sciences
  • Social work
  • Theology


  • Citizenship and cooperation
  • Diakonia
  • Diakonia and Christian social practice
  • Family therapy and systemic practice
  • Intercultural work
  • Nursing with a community health perspective
  • Practical theology
  • Social work
  • Theology
  • Tjenesteutvikling til eldre
  • Valuebased leadership


  • Diakonia, values and professional practice
  • Theology and religion

Continuing education

  • Advanced gerontology
  • Cancer nursing
  • Collaborative practice in therapy
  • Conflict management and mediation
  • Counselling
  • Counselling for student supervisors
  • Drug- and addiction related problems
  • Emergency nursing
  • Familiy therapy and systemic practice
  • Leadership for catechists and church educators
  • Mental health care
  • Mindfulness
  • Palliative nursing
  • Prevention and management of challenging behaviour in individuals with developmental disabilities
  • Psychosocial work with children and youth
  • Relational competence and collaboration with children and families in child welfare
  • Renal nursing
  • Social competence
  • Teamwork and communication with people who have extensive disabilities
  • Vitality training

One-year programme

  • Christianity, religion, philosophies of life and ethics
  • Intercultural communication and global cooperation
  • Pastoral care and counseling
  • Religious education
  • Social sciences


  • Practical theological seminar
  • Theology

Academic Life

  • Semesters
    Academic calendar

Student Life

  • Private
    Control type
  • Non-Profit
  • Religious affiliation
    Christian-Lutheran Church of Norway -

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