Undergraduate course

Norwegian Language and Culture for Foreign Language Students, Level 2+3

  • ECTS credits30
  • Teaching semesterSpring, Autumn
  • Course codeNOR-U2/3
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageNorwegian bokmål
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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-U2/3 is an intensive course that covers topics NOR-U2 and NOR-U3 for one semester.

The course has a fast progression.

Students will work with literary texts and texts concerning the Norwegian society and history, taken from textbooks as well as newspapers.

The last part of the course is dedicated to

authentic materials that will comprise a large part of the curriculum.

Discussion and written presentation of general and academic topics are impotent aspects of the course, and nuanced, clear and logical presentation will be emphasized.

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 master the main rules of Norwegian grammar.


  • Students will be able to converse in Norwegian about general topics and carry on an academic discussion in relatively fluent Norwegian.
  • They will also be able to understand lectures in Norwegian and take notes.
  • They will be able to read and understand Norwegian textbooks, newspapers and fiction without special difficulties.
  • They will be able to express themselves in writing about general and academic topics without distorting the content.

General competence

  • After the course, students will have acquired sufficient skills and knowledge to meet the Norwegian language requirement for studying at universities and colleges in Norway.

Required Previous Knowledge

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

 Applicants must have the grade A, B or C from level 1.

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

There is overlap between NOR-U2/3 and topics covered in NOR-U2, NOR-U3 and NOR-U1/2.

NOR-U2/3 combined with NOR-U2 or NOR-U3 will give a credit reduction of 15 credits.

NOR-U2/3 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:


Employees at UiB:


The NOR-U2/3 course has limited seats. If there are more qualified applicants who want to take the course than there are seats available, applicants will be prioritized according to the grade achieved on the NOR-U1 course

Applicants must have the grade A, B or C from level 1.

Teaching and learning methods

The course totals with 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.

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 about. 15 minutes if the exam is a conversation between examiner and one student, and about 20 minutes if the exam is a conversation between examiner and two students.

Written part of the exam lasts 5 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.

It is used a graded scale from A-F with E as the lowest passing grade.

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-U2/3 three times, cannot register for courses and examinations in NOR-U2 or NOR-U3 due to the overlap.

Grading Scale

Grade scale A - F

Assessment Semester


Reading List

The reading list is announced at the start of the semester.
Text material will consist of fiction, non-fiction and relevant newspaper articles as well as various types of assignments. This could include a textbook or compendium. Students also need a dictionary and a grammar textbook.

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.


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