Undergraduate course

Introductory Course in Norwegian

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring, Autumn
  • Course codeNOR-U01
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageNorwegian bokmål
  • Resources

Semester of Instruction


Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The Norwegian courses do not give credits for applicants with Norwegian as their first Language.

The target audience for NOR-U01 is exchange students who will be in Norway for one semester, and who do not plan to take multiple Norwegian courses.

You cannot proceed to NOR-U2 after NOR-U01

This beginner level course focuses on topics and vocabulary dealing with one´s own person, study, food, clothing, accommodation, weather, recreational activities and other everyday situations and events.

The course focuses to a large extent on oral language skills.

Students will practice a good Norwegian pronounciation and be able to have simple conversations in Norwegian.

The most important rules concerning form and sentence structure are covered in the course.

Learning Outcomes

After successfully completing this course, students will have:

  • Learned to read, speak and write about topics that are covered in the course.
  • They will learn to understand simple questions and discuss topics from daily life with a sufficient level of pronunciation such that communication is not hindered
  • They will learn to produce simple texts and express personal opinions using simple language.

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge


Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

There is some overlap between NOR-U1 and NOR-U01.

The two courses combined are worth 15 credits.

Access to the Course

For more information about admission:

Students, Immigrants/Refugees: http://www.uib.no/en/education/48674/norwegian-language-courses 

Employees at UiB: http://www.uib.no/en/lle/30674/norwegian-language-courses

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

The course totals approximately 50 hours of instruction.

It is expected that students are prepared and participate actively in lessons.

If less than five students are registered to a course, the department might reduce the teaching, please see the department's guidelines regarding this on "Mitt UiB". Regarding a course where this is a possibility the students get information about this at the beginning of the semester, and before the deadline regarding semester registration 1 February/ 1 September.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Attendance is mandatory. Participants who are absent more than 25% of the time will not be permitted to take the exam.

The compulsory requirements are valid for three semesters. This includes the semester when the lectures are given and the following two semesters.

Forms of Assessment

The course concludes with an examination that includes an oral and a written part in Norwegian bokmål.

The oral part of the exam lasts about 15 minutes and consists of a conversation between examiner and one or two students.

The written part of the exam lasts 2.5 hours and covers listening, reading and writing skills.

Both the oral and the written exams are graded as pass/fail.

One must pass both the written and oral part of the examination in order to pass the course.

Pass/fail is the overall grade.

Regarding the number of assessment attempts, see the regulations on admissions, programs, evaluation and degrees at the University of Bergen § 6.8

Grading Scale


Assessment Semester


Reading List

The reading list is announced at the start of the semester.

Students will also need a dictionary. A primer in Norwegian or a compendium of texts at the beginners level will be used.

Course Evaluation

The course will be evaluated in line with the Department's policies and UiB's quality assurance system.

The evaluation may be conducted in writing or as discussion with the responsible instructor.


Contact Information

E-mail: norwegian.for.students@uib.no

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Written examination and oral examination

    Withdrawal deadline
    • Exam part: Written examination

    • Exam part: Oral examination