Norwegian Language and Society for Foreign Students - one year programme

Varighet: 1 Years

Norwegian Language and Society for Foreign Students - one year programme

Varighet: 1 Years

Application deadline
1 March
How to apply?

This 60 ects study does not require any prior knowledge of Norwegian. The programme is primarily intended for foreign students who wish to qualify for further studies at the Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology in Narvik but will be open for other applicants i case of vacant studyplaces. Completing this study is equivalent to taking "Bergenstesten".

Spørsmål om studiet
Eilertsen, Randi Bolle


The study is designed for full-time students and requires dedication and hard work due to a very rapid progression. While continuously focusing on language learning, students are also introduced to Norwegian civilization, history and literature. Working in groups with a project in the second semester, is an important part of the study and gives the students valuable experience with this work method.


* The program of study is advertised with the proviso of a sufficient number of applicants and approval.

The study is accordant with the following teaching plan: Læreplan i norsk og samfunnskunnskap for voksne innvandrere. The plan is regulated by laws relating to the introduction process for foreigners. ( )

The plan is based upon the level definition in the Common European Framework of References for Languages (CEFR). The framework defines three main levels of competency in language:

A - Basic user, B - Independent user and C- Proficient user

These three levels are divided further to levels: A1, A2, B1 and B2. The Study plan describes language competence at levels: A1, A2, B1 and B2.

According to the national curriculum Norwegian for foreigners the learning outcomes are as follows:


The student has basic knowledge of Norwegian language at level B2. The student is aware of language matters in Norway and has knowledge of the main characteristics of Norwegian culture and society. The student has knowledge of how to compose a text in Norwegian.


The student can communicate in Norwegian and can understand spoken and written Norwegian well. The student is able to read and understand contemporary texts, i.e. academic literature and technical literature. The student can understand lectures in Norwegian and write with a satisfactory level of morphology, syntax and vocabulary. The student can reflect over characteristics of the Norwegian society.

General knowledge 

The student has sufficient prerequisites to be able to complete studies where teaching and course reading material are in Norwegian. The student is able to follow current events in Norway and the rest of the world through Norwegian media.

The applicant must have completed the general entry requirements for the University. This includes a level of proficiency in English that is appropriate for the main course. There is no requirement for prior knowledge of the Norwegian language. 

The program has conditional admission to applicants who would like to study one of our bachelor programmes at the IVT faculty in Narvik Study programmes after completion of this course.This means that you have to be qualified to bachelor engineering programmes which requires more knowledge in mathematics and physics in addition to the general entry requirements.

IMPORTANT! In your application you have to tell us which engineering programme you want to study by using the note field.

The study consists of four parts: basic language, phonetics, civilization and literature. In both semesters there are 16 weekly sessions. After each daily class, the students have to take part in discussion groups with other foreign students and develop experience with group leadership and report writing.

Students are obliged to attend all lectures. Students with more than 20% absence do not qualify for the final examination.

Teaching will alternate between lectures, group work, doing exercises and homework. Tests will be given at regular intervals. All "work to be submitted" is obligatory.

In the second semester, the students will work on a project on a given theme and within a time limit of three weeks. Students have the option of choosing their own subject matter, but tutorial and practical guidance will be provided regardless. The written result from this work must be approved in order to qualify for the final examination.

Portfolio assessments counts for 40 % of the final grade. Students must pass the portfolio assessment in order to qualify for the exam, i.e. achieve the grade E or higher on the two tests that comprise the portfolio. The tests counts for 20 % each.

Examination takes place in May and consists of an exam that counts for 60 % of the final grade. The examination has a duration of 6 hours and is evaluated using the grading scale A - F. The written part of the examination is censored externally. Those who pass the written examination qualify for an oral examination. The oral examination can adjust and confirm the final grade. The examination is also censored externally. The duration of this examination is 30 minutes.

Requirements for exam entry: An approved attendance record, approved project and approved portfolio.

Initially English is used, but gradually Norwegian will be the main language.