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Norwegian Language and Society for Foreign Students - one year programme


Duration:1 År
Credits (ECTS):60
Admission requirements:

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.

Application deadline:15 April
Application code:9012

Programme description

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.

Programme structure

10 ects 10 ects 10 ects
1. sem. (autumn) NOR-0500 Norsk språk og samfunnskunnskap for utenlandske studenter - 60 stp.

Learning outcomes

The study is accordant with the following teaching plan: Curriculumfor Norwegian language training for adults immigrants. The plan is regulated by the Integration Act from 1 August 2021.

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 Norwegian language training for adult immigrants the learning outcomes are as follows:

At level B2, participants can understand complex language and can express themselves objectively, clearly and in a nuanced way on a wide range of general topics and topics within their occupation and areas of interest. Participants can express and respond to views and arguments and participate in interactions with a level of spontaneous and fluent language that enables communication among the parties involved to flow with ease.

The objective of the training is for participants to be able to communicate in writing and to write clear, detailed and coherent texts adapted for various purposes, target groups and situations related to most general topics and topics within their own occupation and areas of interest.

Teaching and assessment

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 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 30 % 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 count for 15 % each.

Examination takes place in May and consists of an exam that counts for 40 % of the final grade. The examination has a duration of 5 hours and is evaluated using the grading scale A – F. The written part of the examination is censored externally. The oral examination counts 30 % of 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.

Students who do not pass a partial exam, consequently fail the course as a whole. Exceptions may be determined in the course description.

Language of instruction

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