Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies

Norwegian Language Courses

The Norwegian language courses at UiB are courses in Norwegian language and culture that are offered to international students, exchange students, employees at the University of Bergen and their spouses, as well as immigrants and refugees.

Course Information

The majority of our courses are standard progression courses:

Please click on the different course codes in order to see detailed course information

Two Levels in One Semester

The course NOR-U1/2 covers two levels during one semester, and is a 30 credit course. The course is taught four days a week, and have a total of 104 teaching hours during one semester. This is a fast progression course that demands considerably more homework than courses with standard progression. Additional studies are not recommended.

75% attendance is an obligatory requirement at all Norwegian language courses, and your place can be cancelled if you don’t attend the first day of the course. If you are prevented from meeting the first day, please contact the administration on e-mail.


Schedule autumn semester 2018 (may be subject to change) - updated 12 March 2018

CourseGroupWeekdayTimeWeek number
NOR-U1AMON & WED14.15-17.00WEEK 34-47
 CTUE & FRI08.15-11.00WEEK 34-47
 D*TUE & THU16.15-19.00WEEK 34-47
 EMAN & THU11.15-14.00WEEK 34-47
 FTUE, THU & FRI08.15-10.00WEEK 34-47
NOR-U1/2AMON, TUE, THU & FRI10.15-12.00WEEK 34-47
NOR-U2AMON, THU & FRI12.15-14.00WEEK 34-47
 CMON & THU08.15-11.00WEEK 34-47
 D*TUE & THU16.15-19.00WEEK 34-47
 EMON & WED14.15-17.00WEEK 34-47
NOR-U3AMON & THU08.15-11.00WEEK 34-47
 CMON & WED14.15-17.00WEEK 34-47
 D*TUE & THU16.15-19.00WEEK 34-47
NOR-U4AMON & WED14.15-16.00WEEK 35-47
NOR-UNNATUE & FRI12.15-14.00WEEK 35-40


 * Evening courses are only open for employees at UiB, and/or their partners. 


The following categories can apply for admission to the Norwegian language courses at UiB:

  1. International employees at UiB (at least 100% position for 6 months, or 50% position for 12 months) and their spouses or partners.
  2. International agreement and programme students. Information on admission requirements can be found at the Division of Student Affairs.
  3. Refugees and immigrants with a residence permit. Information on admission requirements can be found at the Division of Student Affairs.

The Norwegian language courses offered at UiB have a limited number of seats, which will be filled according to priority after the application deadline. Employees, partners of employees, international agreement- and programme students are prioritized applicant groups. A certain number of seats are reserved for refugees and immigrants with resident permit at the level 3 courses.


Pre-requirements & Placement Test


Placement test

Applicants who apply for NOR-U2, NOR-U2/3, NOR-U3 and NOR-U4 without having attended the necessary courses at UiB, but have in other ways attained equivalent knowledge and skills in the Norwegian language, must sit a placement test. The placement test is arranged in order to place applicants who already has knowledge of the Norwegian language to a suitable level at UiB. The placement test is not a substitute for passing the exam in NOR-U1, NOR-U1/2 or NOR-U2. The placement test is not graded and no certificate is issued.


Practical Information


International Agreement and Programme Students / Refugees and Immigrants

Persons admitted to the Norwegian language courses as an international agreement or programme student, as well as refugees and immigrants, will find information about exam registration on this page: Examination and Diploma. 

The exam registration deadline is 1 February for the spring semester and 1 September for the fall semester.

Employees at the UiB and their partners

Employees at the UiB and their partners who are admitted to the Norwegian language courses will be signed up for the exam by the administration at the Faculty of Humanities.

E-mail account and Mitt UiB

How do I get access to email, internet and Mitt UiB? All students and employees at the UiB must have an individual user’s account giving access to Mitt UiB , e-mail, and to computers at UiB. Students can create accounts themselves by using SEBRA

Transcript of Records 

Please go to this side for information about ordering your transcript of records.

Norwegian language proficiency – requirement for general admission

The Norwegian language courses offered at UiB are courses that can lead students to pass the examination of NOR-U3, which will give them the Norwegian language proficiency demanded by the Norwegian Universities and Colleges Admission Service to be admitted to Norwegian universities and colleges.


Staff & Contact Information

Academic coordinator



Opening hours: Monday – Friday 09.30 – 14.30

Sydnesplassen 7, room 453 / 433

Telephone 55582255 / 55582354