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Undergraduate course

Norwegian Language and Culture for Foreign Language Students, Level 2

  • ECTS credits15
  • Teaching semesterSpring, Autumn
  • Course codeNOR-U2
  • Number of semesters1
  • Language

    Norwegian bokmål

  • Resources

Main content

Teaching semester


Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

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

NOR-U2 is an intermediate level course, and is based on NOR-U1.

The course focuses on topics and vocabulary dealing with studies and student life as well as texts relating to Norwegian culture and current events in Norwegian society.

Key parts of Norwegian morphology, syntax, and pronunciation will be covered.

Discussion and written assignments about course topics are important aspects of the program. Students may also make a short presentation of 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 gain 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 should have acquired an active vocabulary of ca.2000 words and an even greater passive vocabulary.
  • They should 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

NOR-U1 or equivalent knowledge and skills in Norwegian language.

Recommended Previous Knowledge


Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

There is overlap between NOR-U2 and topics covered in NOR-U2/3 and NOR-U1/2.

NOR-U2 combined with NOR-U1/2 or NOR-U2/3 will give a credit reduction of 15 credits.

Access to the Course

For more information about admission:

Students, Immigrants/Refugees:


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Teaching and learning methods

The course totals with approximately 80 hours of instruction.

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

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Due to corona measurements, attendance will not be mandatory for the spring semester of 2021.

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.

In the spring semester 2021, the form of assessment has been changed from written school exam and oral exam to written take home exam and oral online exam as a measure to prevent transmission of the corona virus. An overall grade will be given and both the written and the oral part of the examination must be passed in order to pass the course.

The oral part of the exam will last about 20 -25 minutes (in addition to any preparation time) and consist of a conversation between examiner and one or two students.

The written part of the exam will last 4 hours and cover listening tests, reading and writing skills.

Both the written and the oral part of the examination must be passed, in order to pass the course and an overall grade will be given

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-U2 three times, cannot register for courses and examinations in NOR-U1/2 or NOR-U2/3

Grading Scale

The assessment form is changed from written school exam to written take home exam due to corona measures, and the grading scale is also changed from A-F to pass/fail for the spring semester 2021. A passing grade corresponds to A - E and fail corresponds to 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

    Withdrawal deadline
    • Exam part: Written examination

      30.11.2021, 09:00
      4 hours
      Examination system
      Digital exam
    • Exam part: Oral examination