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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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 spring semester 2020 (may be subject to change) - updated 1 October 2019

CourseGroupWeekdayTimeWeek number
NOR-INTROAMON & WED14.15-17.00WEEK 4-13
 BTUE, THU & FRI08.15-10.00WEEK 4-13
 CMON & WED08.15-11.00WEEK 4-13
 DTUE & THU16.15-19.00WEEK 4-13
 EMON & THU16.15-19.00WEEK 4-13
 FTUE & THU14.15-16.00WEEK 4-13 
NOR-U1AMON & WED14.15-17.00WEEK 4-19
 BTUE & FRI08.15-11.00WEEK 4-19
 CMON & THU11.15-14.00WEEK 4-19
 DTUE & THU16.15-19.00WEEK 4-19
 ETUE, THU & FRI08.15-10.00WEEK 4-19
 FMON & WED16.15-19.00WEEK 4-19
NOR-U1/2AMON, TUE, THU & FRI12.15-14.00WEEK 4-19
NOR-U2AMON, THU & FRI12.15-14.00WEEK 4-19
 BMON, TUE, THU & FRI10.15-12.00WEEK 4-19
 CMON & WED08.15-11.00WEEK 4-19
 DTUE & THU16.15-19.00WEEK 4-19
 EMON & WED14.15-17.00WEEK 4-19
 FTUE & THU16.15-19.00WEEK 4-19
NOR-U3AMON & WED08.15-11.00WEEK 4-19
 BMON, TUE, THU & FRI10.15-12.00WEEK 4-19
 CTUE & WED14.15-17.00WEEK 4-19
 DTUE & THU16.15-19.00WEEK 4-19
NOR-U4ATUE & THU14.15-16.00WEEK 4-19
Grammar course WED10.15-12.00WEEK 4-19



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.
  • Spring semester 2020:
    • Studentweb opens for semester registration on 10 December 2019
    • Registration deadline: 1 February 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.
  • 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 

SIGN UP FOR THE PLACEMENT TEST (Students & employees/partners of employees only)

If you are an international student or an international employee/partner of employee, then you will complete the test in late July / early August 2019. Details will be given in a separate email. 



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 page for information about transcript of records and the diploma registry.

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.