Norwegian language courses
Free language courses in Norwegian are offered to UiB employees and spuse/partners of international researchers employed by UiB.
The university encourage all international researchers to learn Norwegian while working in Norway. This is usually a requirement for permanent positions, and a volunteer option if you have a temporarily position.
Knowing Norwegian will make living in Norway easier, even though you will manage quite well with only English. A certain level of Norwegian is a requirement if you want to apply for permanent resident permit or a Norwegian citizenship - see more information under Permanent Residence Permit.
For spouses/partners of international researchers, learning Norwegians may be necessary in order to be considered for any jobs at all.
Application deadline for first time applicants
The first time you apply for Norwegian language course at the university, we will try very hard to find you a place even though you apply after the deadline. However, if the courses have already started this semester, you will need to wait until next semester before you can get a place, or you can attend an external course while you wait. If you do an external course, you can do a placement test at the university to see if you qualify for a course at a higher level.
Time and commitment
Please be aware that the Norwegian courses offered at the university involve 75 % attendance in class, commitment to study and an ordinary language exam in the end. You should consider the workload with a full job and a Norwegian course in addition. It may be a good idea to discuss your total workload with your superior if you want to start studying Norwegian. A Norwegian course at normal progression is estimated to be the equal workload as 50 % studies (15 credits per semester). If you attend a fast progression course, this means you will do 15 credits during 8 weeks.
Courses outside of the university may be less demanding courses.
External Norwegian course
Courses outside of the university, are usually less demanding courses. Foreign employees at the UiB and their spouse/partner may apply to get the course fee for external course reimbursed. Send email to the HR-division: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nygård skole is a language school belonging to Bergen municipality (kommune). Norwegian courses are offered at different levels: A1, A2, B1 and B2. New participants, who know a little bit Norwegian, are examined first to determine their suitable course level.
Folkeuniversitetet is another option for learning Norwegian. Norwegian courses here are also offered at all levels - from elementary to advanced (A1- C1). The courses at level A1 and A2 are for those with little or no knowledge of Norwegian.
After level B you can continue with a course called “Testforberedende”. This course is suitable for those who are preparing for “Higher level Norwegian Test” known as Bergenstest. Most employers in Norway are familiar with this test. By passing this test your Norwegian knowledge is approved.
More information about all courses and different levels at folkeuniversitetet can be found at: https://www.folkeuniversitetet.no/eng/Language-courses
Online Courses: It is also possible to learn Norwegian online. If you are a busy person, you can try this way of learning!
The Norwegian University of Science and Technology has developed several web-based language learning (Norwegian) which we recommend.
Migranorsk offers self-study learning options in Norwegian on level "Start", A1, A2, B1 and B2.