NORINT0130 – Norwegian for International Students, Level 3

Course content

This is a course on the higher intermediate level for international students. The subject builds on skills and knowledge acquired in NORINT0120 or the equivalent. A passing mark in this subject meets the Norwegian language requirements for Faculty admission at Norwegian universities and university colleges. 

The instruction places considerable emphasis on the ability to comprehend different oral forms of expression, so oral practice is a key feature. Topics covered in grammar include sentence structure, modality, the passive voice and participles, among other things.

We work with various non-fictional and fictional texts. Some of the topics covered are drawn from texts about history, politics and intercultural relations.

In this course, practice also focuses on idiomatic expressions, logical relations, abstract vocabulary and subject-related terminology, both in oral and written language.

This is a proficiency course with a final examination.

Learning outcome

After having completed the course, students should be able to follow and take notes from lectures in Norwegian, understand other kinds of oral presentations and participate actively in discussions. Students should be able to read nonfiction and other authentic texts.

They should express themselves well in spoken Norwegian, and they should be able to understand others in conversations and discussions. They should be able to express themselves clearly and nuanced in writing, in referential, descriptive and argumentative presentations, and have a good command of the main rules of Norwegian grammar.

The final mark will show to what extent the student has attained the intended learning outcome for the subject.


This course is only open to international students at the University of Oslo. Read about admission and registering here: Norwegian Courses for International Students.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

It is assumed that students have Higher education entrance qualification with the exception of Norwegian language skills, and that they have passed NORINT0120 – Norwegian for International Students, Level 2, Level 2 or the equivalent with the grade D or better on both the written and oral exam.


Eight hours per week for 14 weeks, 112 hours in total. This is a course that requires active student participation. Each week, the students will be given written assignments.

Compulsory activities

Before the student can sit for the exam, the following compulsory activities must be approved by the teacher:

  • 75 % attendance (84 hours)
  • Qualifying task in the form of an oral presentation
  • Qualifying task in the form of a written presentation

Access to teaching

If you have completed compulsory instruction and have had this approved, you are not entitled to repeat that instruction. If you have been admitted to the course, but have not completed compulsory instruction or had this approved, you are entitled to new instruction permitting available capacity.


The exam consists of a 4-hour written school exam and an oral examination. The written and oral parts account for 50 % of the final grade each. Both the written and oral exams must be passed in the same semester in order for the total grade to be a passing grade.

Before the student can sit for the exam, the compulsory activities must be approved.

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

Written examination

The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.

Read more about written examinations using Inspera.

Submission in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read more about how to submit 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 support material is allowed during the final examinations.

Use of sources and citations

When writing a paper you are obligated to 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.

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.


Feedback from our students is essential providing the best possible courses and study programmes. As a student at the University of Oslo, you will therefore be requested to participate in a number of evaluations regarding your daily life as a student. We have a system in place for the continuous evaluation of this course, and we regularly ask students to participate in a more comprehensive and detailed evaluation, a so-called "periodic evaluation" of the course.


Norwegian courses carrying up to 40 study points can be used toward a single degree by international students at the University of Oslo.

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