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Undergraduate course

Norwegian Language and Culture for Foreign Language Students, level 1

  • ECTS credits15
  • Teaching semesterSpring, Autumn
  • Course codeNOR-U1
  • Number of semesters1
  • Language

    Norwegian bokmål

  • Resources

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ECTS Credits


Teaching semester


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-U1 is beginners or those with limited proficiency in Norwegian.

The course is more extensive than NOR-INTRO and suitable for those who wish to take further Norwegian courses.

Students will attain good comprehension of spoken Norwegian regarding topics from daily life and will themselves be able to converse in Norwegian about the same topics. Particular emphasis is placed on learning to read simple authentic Norwegian texts and expressing oneself in writing on topics related to daily life, and student life.

The courses can be combined as follows:

  1. NOR-U1 (15 Stp) + NOR-U2 (15 Stp) + NOR-U3 (15 Stp) + NOR-U4 (10 Stp)
  2. NOR-U1/2 (30 Stp) + NOR-U3 (15 Stp) + NOR-U4 (10 Stp)
  3. NOR-U1 (15 Stp) + NOR-U2/3 (30 Stp) + NOR-U4 (10 Stp)

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 and converse about subjects from daily life with a sufficient level of pronunciation such that communication is not hindered.

Students will learn to use the grammatical sentences covered in the course. Students will acquire an active vocabulary of appx. 1000 words and an even greater passive vocabulary. They will learn to produce simple texts and express personal opinions using a simple language.

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


Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

There is overlap between NOR-U1 and topics covered in NOR-INTRO and NOR-U1/2.

NOR-U1 combined with NOR-INTRO will give a credit reduction of 7,5 credits.

NOR-U1 combined with NOR-U1/2 will give a credit reduction of 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 and learning methods

The course totals approximately 80 hours of instruction.

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

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.

Students will submit at least five written assignments during the course.

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

The written part of the exam lasts 3 hours and covers listening tests, reading and writing skills.

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

Examination Support Material

Support materials are not permitted in any of the examinations (written and oral exam)

Grading Scale

Grading scale A - F

Assessment Semester


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 level will be used. Students will also need a dictionary

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.

Programme Committee

Programme Committee for Norwegian Language and Culture for Foreign Language Students

Course Coordinator

Programme Committee for Norwegian Language and Culture for Foreign Language Students

Course Administrator

Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies.

Exam information

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination and oral examination

    Withdrawal deadline
    • Exam part: Written examination

      29.11.2022, 09:00
      3 hours
      Examination system
      Digital exam
    • Exam part: Oral examination