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Undergraduate course

Norwegian Language and Culture for Foreign Language Students, level 3

  • ECTS credits15
  • Teaching semesterSpring, Autumn
  • Course codeNOR-U3
  • Number of semesters1
  • Language

    Norwegian bokmål

  • Resources

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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-U3 is an advanced course based on NOR-U1/2 or NOR-U2.

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:

  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-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.

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.
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.

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

      26.11.2022, 09:00
      5 hours
      Examination system
      Digital exam
    • Exam part: Oral examination