Norwegian Language and Culture for Foreign Language Students, level 1+2

  • ECTS credits30
  • Teaching semesterSpring, Autumn
  • Course codeNOR-U1/2
  • Number of semesters1
  • Language

    Norwegian bokmål

  • Resources

Objectives and Content

The Norwegian courses do not give credit for applicants with Norwegian as their primary Language.

NOR-U1/2 is an intensive course that covers topics from

NOR-U1 and NOR-U2 during the course of one semester. The course has fast progression.

The first part of the course focuses on topics and vocabulary dealing with one´s own person, study, food, clothing, housing, weather, recreational activities and other everyday situations and events. The latter part of the course focuses on texts relating to daily life and student life. The texts are supplemented with general topics about Norwegian culture and society Key parts of Norwegian morphology, syntax, and pronunciation will be covered. Discussion and written assignment¿s about course topics are central. Students may also make a short presentation on a topic of their own choosing.

The courses can be combined as follows:

  1. NOR-U1 (15 Stp) 2. NOR-U1/2 (30 Stp) 3. NOR-U1

NOR-U2 (15 Stp) NOR-U3 (15 Stp) NOR-U2/3 (30 Stp)

NOR-U3 (15 Stp) NOR-U4 (10 Stp) NOR-U4 (10 Stp)

NOR-U4 (10 Stp)

Subject Overlap

 There is some overlap between NOR-U1/2, and topics covered in NOR-U01, NOR-U1 and NOR-U2. NOR-U1/2 combined with one of these courses will therefore only give a total of 30 credits.

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

The course runs over 104 hours of instruction 4 times a week, in two hour periods.

It is expected that students are prepared and participate actively in lessons. Students will submit at least five written assignments¿ during the course.

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.

Semester of Instruction


Place of Instruction


Learning Outcomes

Students will gain an understanding of normal Norwegian speech and conversations about general topics and topics related to studies and student life. They will be able to discuss and converse in Norwegian about the same topics, using vocabulary learned during the course and with good pronunciation.

They will be able to read authentic Norwegian texts at a normal level of difficulty and express themselves in writing about topics covered by the course.

Students will learn the key parts of Norwegian morphology and syntax.

Students will acquire an active vocabulary of ca. 2000 words and an even greater passive vocabulary.

They will be able to recognize words and phrases that they have seen or heard before, and partly understand the meaning of a word from their knowledge of Norwegian morphology.

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge


Reading List

The reading list is announced at the start of the semester. A primer in Norwegian or a compendium of texts at the beginners and intermediate level will be used. Students will also need a dictionary.

Assessment Semester


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 15 minutes and consists of a conversation between examiner and one or two students.
The written part of exam lasts 4 hours and covers listening tests,
reading and writing skills.
It is used a graded scale from A-F with
E as the lowest passing grade.

It is given an overall grade. The written part of the exam counts for approximately 2 / 3 of the final grade, The oral part for approximately 1 / 3.
One must pass both the written and oral part of the examination in order to pass the course.


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

Students who have been registered in NOR-U1/2 three times, cannot register for courses and examinations in NOR-U01, NOR-U1 or NOR-U2 due to the overlap.

Grading Scale

A scale from A - F

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.


Department of Linguistic, Literary, and Aesthetic Studies


Contact Information

E-mail norwegian.for.employees@uib.no
or norwegian.for.students@uib.no