Place of Instruction
Objectives and Content
The Norwegian courses do not give credits for applicants with Norwegian as their first Language.
Course participants will learn to use oral and written Norwegian with reasonably good precision, both receptive and productive, in general and academic contexts.
Norwegian language structure, vocabulary and idiomatic expressions will be emphasized, various topics will be covered, and participants will gain knowledge and insight into topics such as Norwegian geography, history, literature and current events.
The courses can be combined as follows:
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.
- 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-U2, or equivalent knowledge and skills in Norwegian language
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
There is overlap between NOR-U3 and topics covered in NOR-U2/3.
NOR-U3 combined with NOR-U2/3 will give a credit reduction of 15 credits.
Access to the Course
For more information about admission:
International students and employees at UiB:
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.
If less than five students are registered to a course, the department might reduce the teaching, please see the departments guidelines regarding this on "Mitt UiB". Regarding a course where this is a possibility the students get information about this at the beginning of the semester, and before the deadline regarding semester registration 1 February/ 1 September.
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.
The written part of the exam lasts 5 hours and covers listening tests, reading and writing skills.
It is given an overall grade. Here, part of the written exam will count approximately 2 / 3, and part of the oral exam counts 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-U3 three times, cannot register for courses and examinations in 2/3 due to the overlap.
Grade scale A - F
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.
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.
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
- 26.11.2022, 09:00
- 5 hours
- Examination system
- Digital exam
Exam part: Oral examination