Norwegian for international researchers - basic level 1

The course provides a "Norwegian survival kit" for newcomers.

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Teacher Erik Skuggevik introducing the essentials: kjærest = loved one

Photo: Millimeterpress, John Hughes


After completing basic level 1, participants should be able to:

  • understand the key elements of clearly spoken Norwegian on subjects relating to everyday life;
  • talk about such subjects, even if the vocabulary is limited and the way of expressing themselves is simple.


The course is based on dialogues, focusing on the use of Norwegian in everyday life. We practise common situations and use the language actively from the very first session. The main focus is on spoken Norwegian. We also practise pronunciation, intonation and accentuation as part of the feedback process.

Target group

  • International researchers at UiO and accompanying spouses/partners who wish to learn Norwegian.
  • International researchers at other research institutions are also welcome to take this course.

Preliminary knowledge

No previous knowledge of Norwegian is required. However, participants must be able to speak English.

Number of participants

Maximum 25 participants per group


  • 24 class hours; 3 class hours once a week for 8 weeks; start in February, April, September, and November

Next courses

  • Group 1: 6 November 2019 - 15 January 2020, Wednesdays 9-12 (no class 18 and 25 December and 1 January). This course has been cancelled.
  • Group 2: 6 November 2019 - 15 January 2020, Wednesdays 17-20 (no class 18 and 25 December and 1 January). This course is fully booked!

Course fee

  • NOK 3900 for researchers at UiO and their employed spouses/partners
  • NOK 2500 for unemployed spouses/partners of researchers at UiO
  • NOK 4900 for external researchers


  • Researchers should check with their host department whether full or partial sponsorship for Norwegian language courses is available. Please be aware that it is at the department's discretion how to handle this issue. Therefore, conditions will vary throughout the University.
  • The spouse/partner rebate is only valid for spouses/partners who are not otherwise connected to UiO or employed by UiO.

Course material

Participants are required to buy the following books at Akademika Bookstore, Blindern Campus (map), prior to course start:

  • Levende norsk (Egebakken & Bostrup), NOK 229
  • Levende norsk, Grammar and word list (Egebakken, Bostrup & Andersen), NOK 249

Course leader

Morning class: Cathrine Rysst

Evening class: Cathrine Rysst


For further information, please contact the ISS by e-mail,


To register, please fill out this on-line form. Applications are handled on a 'first come, first served' basis. Since the number of spaces is limited, we encourage you to apply early.

Please have the following information ready before you fill out the form:

  1. Your contact information
  2. Your job title and department at UiO or the external institution you are affiliated with
  3. Contact information of the person or department that will pay for the course, if different than yourself. Please include the name, title and address of where we can send the bill


  • Researchers employed at UiO must have their course participation approved by their immediate superior.
  • The local administrator is expected to make the necessary arrangements for the approved course.
  • Enrollment is binding.
Published Apr. 11, 2010 4:56 PM - Last modified Oct. 31, 2019 3:51 PM