The University of Agder was officially established in 2007, but has a history dating back to 1839, and was formerly known as Agder University College. The university's central administration and five faculties, Faculty of Engineering and Science, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, Faculty of Humanities and Education, Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences and Faculty of Fine arts, is located on two main campuses. Campus Kristiansand and campus Grimstad.
The university is recognized for its modern teaching and research facilities, innovative use of technology and communication media, and close ties to regional businesses and the public sector. UiA also has a strong international connection. 200 international agreements secure an active academic exchange of students and staff with partner institutions worldwide.