NORINT0114 - Norwegian for International Students, 60 hour Introductory Course

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Course content

This is a beginner’s course for international students who are here for just one semester. This course provides instruction in the following four language skills: pronunciation/speaking, writing, listening to Norwegian and reading Norwegian. It introduces Norwegian phonetics and grammar, e.g. word order, the declension of nouns, adjectives and verbs, the use of tenses and pronouns and expressions of time. Topics covered include being a foreign student at a Norwegian university, greetings/presenting oneself, families, food and drink, living conditions, tourist attractions and expressing needs, feelings and assessments.

This is a skill course with a final examination.

Learning outcome

After completing the course, students should be able to read, speak and write about the subjects listed above under "Course content". They should be able to understand oral discourse about topics relating to everyday life. Their pronunciation should be good enough so that communication is not hampered. They should be able to write about those topics addressed in the course and express thoughts and opinions using simple language.

Final marks will show extent to which students have benefited from this course.


Information about deadlines and application procedures can be found on the webpages Norwegian Courses for International Students.

You must have confirmed admission in order to participate in a class. The course is available only to international students at the University of Oslo. Those who are not students at the University of Oslo may apply for admission to Norwegian pay courses  at the International Summer School.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

The prerequisite for this course is basic entrance requirements, with the exception of requirements relating to Norwegian.


Six hours per week for 10 weeks, 60 hours in total. This is a course that requires active student participation. Each week, the students will be given written assignments.

Compulsory activities

In order to sit for the examination, the following compulsory assignments must be approved by the teacher:

  • 75 % attendance (45 hours)
  • One compulsory oral presentation

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


The exam is a 3-hour written examination.               

In order to sit for the examination, the compulsory activities must be approved           

Approved compulsory activities are valid for the next two terms that the course is offered.

Written examination

The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. Read more about written examinations using Inspera.

You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera. Read more about training in Inspera.

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read more about how to submit assignments in Inspera.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in Norwegian, and you submit your response in Norwegian.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Reports from periodic evaluations (in Norwegian)


Please note that passing NORINT0114 does not make you eligible for NORINT0120, Level 2. In order to be eligible for NORINT0120 you must have passed NORINT0110, Level 1, with D or better, in both the oral and written exam.

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