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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

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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.

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.

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

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 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.

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

Examination Support Material

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

Grading Scale

Grade 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

    Withdrawal deadline
    • Exam part: Written examination

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