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Undergraduate course

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

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

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) + 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:


  • Students will have gained an understanding of normal Norwegian speech and conversations about general topics and topics related to studies and student life.


  • Students 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.

General competence

  • 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


Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

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

NOR-U1/2 combined with NOR-INTRO will give a credit reduction of 7,5 credits.

NOR-U1/2 combined with NOR-U1 will give a credit reduction of 15 credits.

Access to the Course

For more information about admission:

Students, Immigrants/Refugees:


Employees at UiB


Teaching and learning methods

The course runs over approximately 100 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. During the course, the students will complete a mock exam at NOR-U1-level.

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 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 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.

If the student gets the result "F" and fails the exam in NOR-U1/2, the student may apply to take a placement test and be considered for admission to NOR-U2.

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.

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 and intermediate 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

    • Exam part: Written examination

      02.06.2023, 09:00
      4 hours
      Examination system
      Digital exam
    • Exam part: Oral examination