Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies

Norwegian Language Courses

We offer a range of Norwegian language courses to international students and international employees at the University of Bergen, as well as immigrants and refugees. Partners and spouses of international employees at the UiB may also apply for admission.

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Important information for international students applying for Norwegian course, autumn 2020

We understand that many of you have not gotten a seat in the Norwegian courses yet. Because of summer holiday, our email account studynorwegian@uib.no will not  be answered between Friday 10 July and Monday 3 August and we have gathered the most important information for you here:

  • Are you only staying one semester at UiB and have not learned Norwegian previously?
    • Sign up for NOR-INTRO in studentWeb. If the courses are full, you may sign up for our waiting list. We cannot guarantee free seats, but will  get a better picture of how many students are without seats and can adjust our supply of courses if we have the resources.
  • Are you staying more than one semester in Norway and have not learned Norwegian before?
    • You should choose the course NOR-U1 in studentWeb.  We will open up more seats for Master's students August 3. If the courses are full, you may sign up for our waiting list. We cannot guarantee free seats, but will  get a better picture of how many students are without seats and can adjust our supply of courses if we have the resources.
  • Do you have some previous knowledge of Norwegian and have not taken a Norwegian course at UiB before?
    • We ask all applicants who have applied for an intermediate or advanced level of Norwegian to complete a placement test, in order to ensure that a correct course level is offered to the applicant. You can not register for a higher level course before you get an answer of the Placement test, but you may sign up for our waiting list. All applicants who have registered for the placement test will get more information August 4.
  • Have you taken a Norwegain course at UiB before?
    • We only have the resources to offer one Norwegain course to students during their studies at UiB and you will therefore not get priority when applying for a new course. Sometimes we have free seats in the beginning of the semester, so you may sign up for our waiting list.

On these pages you will find information about the Norwegian language courses that we offer.

CourseLanguage entry requirement

NOR-INTRO - Short Introductory Course in Norwegian 

Recommended for international exchange students

NOR-U1 - Beginner Level Norwegiannone
NOR-U1/2 - Fast Progression level 1 & 2none
NOR-U2 - Intermediate Level Norwegianpassed exam in NOR-U1 or Placement Test
NOR-U3 - Advanced Level Norwegian passed exam in NOR-U2 or NOR-U1/2, or Placement Test
NOR-U4 - Proficient Level Norwegianminimum grade C in NOR-U3 or Placement Test
NOR-UNN - Norwegian Nynorskpassed exam in NOR-U2

Class attendance is an obligatory requirement for all Norwegian language courses at UiB. Maximum allowed absence from class is 25 % of the scheduled classes.   


Schedule autumn semester 2020 (may be subject to change) - updated 24 June 2020

CourseGroupWeekdayTimeWeek number
NOR-INTROAMON & THU14.15-15.00WEEK 35-44
 CTUE & THU14.15-16.00WEEK 35-44
 DTUE & FRI12.15-14.00WEEK 35-44
 EWED & FRI08.15-10.00WEEK 35-44
 FTUE & THU12.15-14.00WEEK 35-44 
 GWED & FRI14.15-16.00WEEK 35-44
 HMON & WED08.15-10.00WEEK 35-44
 ITUE & FRI08.15-10.00WEEK 35-44
 JMON & THU08.15-10.00WEEK 35-44
 LTUE &FRI14.15-16.00WEEK 35-44
NOR-U1AMON & WED14.15-17.00WEEK 35-49
 BTUE & FRI08.15-11.00WEEK 35-49
 CMON & THU11.15-14.00WEEK 35-49
 D*TUE & THU16.15-19.00WEEK 35-49
 ETUE,THU & FRI08.15-10.00WEEK 35-49
 F*MON & WED16.15-19.00WEEK 35-49
NOR-U1/2AMON, TUE, THU & FRI12.15-14.00WEEK 35-49
NOR-U2AMON, THU & FRI12.15-14.00WEEK 35-49
 B**MON, TUE, THU & FRI10.15-12.00WEEK 34-48
 CMON & THU08.15-11.00WEEK 35-49
 D*TUE & THU16.15-19.00WEEK 35-49
 EMON & THU14.15-17.00WEEK 35-49
 F*MON & WED16.15-19.00WEEK 35-49
NOR-U3AMON & WED08.15-11.00WEEK 35-49
 B**MON, TUE, THU & FRI10.15-12.00WEEK 34-48
 CTUE & THU14.15-17.00WEEK 35-49
 D*TUE & THU16.15-19.00WEEK 35-49
 E**TUE,WED,THU,FRI10.15-12.00WEEK 34-48
NOR-U4ATUE & THU14.15-16.00WEEK 35-49
NOR-UNN TUE & THU12.15-14.00WEEK 35-42
Grammar course WED10.15-12.00WEEK 36-46

*) The evening courses are only for employees and their partners.

**) NOR-U2B, NOR-U3B and NOR-U3E are only for immigrants and refugees.

 To see what room you have class in: Schedule for the Norwegian courses

How to Register

In order to register for a Norwegian language course at UiB, you must belong to one of the groups listed below. The registration procedure is different for each group. Specified information about entry requirements and the application/registration process is given for each group.

International students

  • Entry requirement: granted admission to a Master's program at UiB or granted admission as an exchange student  
  • Sign up for a course: international students granted admission to UiB may sign up for a Norwegian language course at Studentweb during the semester registration period.
  • Fall semester 2020:
    • Studentweb opens for semester registration on 6 July 2020
    • Registration deadline: 1 September 2020
  • Please note that there are a limited amount of seats for the Norwegian language courses, and the seats reserved for international students will be given on a first-come first-served policy.
    • If the courses are full, you may sign up for our waiting list. You should also visit studentWeb regulary in July/August to see if there are any seats opening up. 
  • In order to sign up for the courses NOR-U2, U3 and U4 you will have to meet the language entry requirement. Please see Placement Test below for further information.     

International employees at UiB and partners

  • Entry requirement: international employees must be employed by UiB in a 100% position for 6 months, or 50% position for 12 months. Partners of international employees may also apply for admission to a Norwegian language course.
  • Course application: applications must be registered at SøknadsWeb 

Refugees and immigrants holding a residence permit

Placement Test

In order to register for NOR-U2, NOR-U3NOR-U4 and NOR-UNN you will have to meet the language entry requirements specified in the course list. However, if you have in other ways acquired equivalent knowledge and skills in Norwegian, you may complete a placement test in order to qualify for admission.

  • The placement test is only available for internatianal students and international employees & partners
  • The placement test can not replace a previous exam result of one of the NOR-U courses
  • The placement test is not graded and we do not issue any certificate of the test 
  • Students who have qualified for a level after taking the placement test, may be moved up or down a level after the course has started. This is because language skills are better evaluated in class.

SIGN UP FOR THE PLACEMENT TEST (Students & employees/partners of employees only). Remember that you also need to apply for the courses. Employees/Partners need to register their applications in SøknadsWeb, international students must sign up for the course in StudentWeb.

If you are an international employee/partner of employee, then you will complete the test between June 2 and 8. Details will be given in a separate email. International students will complete the test between August 3 and 7.

Norwegian language proficiency – requirement for general admission and application for permanent residency and citizenship

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.

If you can document with a transcript of records that you have passed either NOR-U1 and NOR-U2 (or NOR-U1/2) or NOR-U2 and NOR-U3 (30 CREDITS), this will be  sufficient Norwegian knowledge for permanent residency and citizenship in Norway. You apply to the municipality to get an exemption for the Norwegian requirements. In Bergen kommune, write to: nygard.skole@bergen.kommune.no

We do not offer social studies as a part of our Norwegian courses, and we do not write confirmation of attendance at our courses.


Confirmation and transcript of records

We do not write confirmation of attendance at our courses. The only exemption is if NAV requires it for immigrants/refugees.

To get a confirmation that you have passed a Norwegian course, please go to this page for information about transcript of records and the diploma registry. Together with a link to the course description, this will be sufficient for most purposes.

Already a student?


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