Norwegian Courses for Refugees and Immigrants

A fixed number of places per semester are reserved for refugees and immigrants with a permanent residence permit and who fulfill the basic general entrance requirements for post-secondary studies in Norway.

Admission requirements

Norwegian courses at the University of Bergen are open for refugees and immigrants who meet the general admission requirements but do not have proficiency in the Norwegian language. Applicants with an academic background will be given priority.

The places for this category applicants are allocated at intermediate and higher level. 

Admission to our Norwegian courses is not a sufficient basis for a student resident permit in Norway and for financial support from the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund (Lånekassen). See regulations, chapter 4, §4-7 e

Please note that applicants who have met the Norwegian requirements before, will not be considered for admission to the Norwegian courses at the University of Bergen. The same applies to Undergraduate students who have been accepted throught regular admision (NUCAS) and  guest students with temporary admission (hospitant or poststudent).

Applicants in other categories are not qualified for admission to Norwegian courses at the University of Bergen


NOR-U2 Norwegian Language and Culture for Foreign Language Students, level 2

NOR-U3 Norwegian Language and Culture for Foreign Language Students, level 3

If you have passed NOR-U3 with a grade of C or better, you may apply for admission to NOR-U4.

Please note that lectures are offered during daytime only.

If the application is granted, admission will be valid for one semester only. It is not possible to delay or defer admission to a future semester.

Placement test

Applicants who have not completed a Norwegian course at the university previously, must take a placement test. The test is for use in applicant placement only. 

Applicants who have passed a Norwegian course at one of the other Norwegian universities may not have to take the online placement test. Documentation will be required. Other exams will not qualified for exemption from the placement test.

Placement test: 18 May 2020

Applicants who must take the placement test will be notified by e-mail at least a week before the test date.  

Please note: Applicants who do not attend the test will not be considered for admission, as we do not have the capacity to arrange individual placement tests.

How do I apply

You must apply electronically at Søknadsweb using your Norwegian ID number and creating a 4 digit pin code.

The application must be registered by the stipulated deadlines: 2 May for the autumn semester and 15 October for the spring semester.

It is not possible to apply for admission after the deadline expired.

All information given on the application form must be documented. It is the applicant's responsability to provide the necessary documentation.


An application receipt will be sent upon registration of the online application.

In order to complete the application process you must upload the following documentation on the SøknadsWeb:

  • Documentation of educational background (diploma, transcript)
  • Passport
  • Residence permit documentation (UDI residence card/UDI letter)
  • Other relevant documentation (Nokut recognition of Higher education. marriage license)

Allowable document types are PDF, DOC, DOCX or TXT. The maximum file size limit for an uploaded document is set to 15 MB.

Deadline to upload documentation is 2 May for the autumn semester and 15 October for the spring semester.

We request that you upload only documents that are relevant for your application for admission.

Applications that are incomplete will not be processed!


  • 2 May for the autumn semester

  • 15 October for the spring semester

It is the applicant's responsability to register a correct application and provide the necessary documentation within the deadline. Please note all relevant documentation have to be to uploaded within this deadline.

Applications submitted after the deadline will not be processed!

Please note that your application will not be considered for admission if:

  • You have not provided complete documentation of your academic background and residence permit.
  • The documentation you submit is not satisfactory.