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Undergraduate course

Norwegian Language and Culture for Foreign Language Students, level 4

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring, Autumn
  • Course codeNOR-U4
  • 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-U4 is an advanced course based on NOR-U2/3 or NOR-U3.

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 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 should command complex sentence structures in Norwegian as well as acquiring a vocabulary that makes one understand authentic texts in Norwegian, both in general and specialized topics. In addition, students should be able to update themselves in general and specialized topics.


  • Students should be able to understand and talk fluently about authentic texts concerning general and specialised topics in Norwegian.
  • Students should be able to understand academic lectures given in Norwegian both about general and specialised topics, and be able to discuss these.
  • Students should be able to understand academic texts written in Norwegian.
  • Students should be able to express themselves both in written and oral idiomatic Norwegian with a varied language and complex structures

General competence

  • After the course students should be able to communicate and update their knowledge in their field, and within general topics in both written and spoken Norwegian.

Required Previous Knowledge

Applicants must have the grade A, B or C from NOR-U2/3 or NOR-U3, or equivalent knowledge and skills in Norwegian language

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap


Access to the Course

For more information about admission:

Students, Immigrants/Refugees:


Employees at UiB:


The NOR-U4 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-U2/3 or NOR-U3 course

Teaching and learning methods

The course totals with approximately 50 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 three written assignments during the course, and prepare a short lecture about a chosen subject which will be held in class.

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 with an oral and a written part in Norwegian bokmål.

The oral part of the exam lasts about 20 minutes and is a conversation between examiner and the student.

The written part of the exam lasts 4 hours and includes a listening test, a reading comprehension test and writing skills.

It is given an overall grade. The written examination will count approximately 2 / 3, and the oral exam counts approximately 1 / 3 of the overall grade.

One must pass both the written and oral part of the examination in order to pass the whole exam.

Regarding the number of assessment attempts, see the regulations on admissions, programs, evaluation and degrees at the University of Bergen § 6.8

Examination Support Material

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

Grading Scale

Graded scale A - F

Assessment Semester


Reading List

The reading list is published at the beginning of the semester. The text material will consist of fiction, nonfiction and relevant newspaper articles and various types of exercises. The text material may consist of a textbook or/and a compendium. Students will also need a dictionary and grammar

Course Evaluation

The course will be evaluated in line with the Department's policies and UiB's quality assurance system.

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

      10.05.2023, 09:00
      4 hours
      Examination system
      Digital exam
    • Exam part: Oral examination