This programme no longer admits students


This program will no longer have admission.


No tuition fees.

Non-EU/EAA students must note: Before traveling to Louvain for the second year, you will be asked by Belgian immigration authorities to document your ability to finance your stay.

Admission requirements

Admission to master's degree studies requires:

  • Higher Education Entrance Qualification and a completed bachelor's degree comparable to a Norwegian bachelor's degree. Applicants with foreign education, please refer to the country list.
  • a specialization defined by the programme
  • a minimum grade average of C (in the Norwegian grading scale) or equivalent from the specialization in your degree.
  • a language requirement documented by one of the tests/exams below:
    a) Passed examination in English foundation course (140 hours/5 periods per week) with a minimum grade of 4 in Norwegian upper secondary school (or an equivalent grade from a Nordic upper secondary school) or passed examination in English from second and/or third school year in Norwegian upper secondary school, or
    b) An internationally recognised English language proficiency test.

Required specialization

Admission to the programme requires at least 80 credits major in English, French or German. 20 of the 80 credits must be in English, French or German linguistics courses at an advanced level (comparable to 2000-level from the University of Oslo). The average mark for the 80 credits must be at least C.

Students that have English, French or German intermediate subject (mellomfag), with a grade of minimum 2,7, are also qualified to apply.

You must submit the following documents:

  • A detailed curriculum vitae
  • Motivation letter (maximum two A4-pages) with description of your academic interest within linguistics, specify the type of language analysis you would like to carry on

Recommended language skills:

If your major is English, and you intend to follow courses in French or German, we recommend that you have language skills in French or German

Applicants with a major in English do not need to send in documentation of their language level in French or German, but documentation will be required when they apply for admission to the French and German courses.


You have to upload all required documents in UiO's online application portal.

Ranking of applicants

Applicants are ranked according to their grade average in the specialization of their degree. Applicants who cannot be ranked according to their grade average, will be ranked on the basis of an individual assessment.

You normally cannot be admitted to a master's degree programme or study option within the same subject area as a previously completed master's degree at the University of Oslo.

Furthermore, applicants will be ranked based on their curriculum vitae and motivation letter.

Admission to this to this programme is usually highly competitive. Please note that even if you fulfill the minimum grade requirement, this does not guarantee you a study place in the programme.

Recognition of prior education

If you have previous higher education, you may apply for specific recognition of this education as part of your degree. Education from both Norwegian and non-Norwegian higher education institutions may be recognised. Recognition depends upon whether the education meets the specific requirements of your degree. Read more about recognition of prior education.

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