Norwegian Language Courses for Refugees

The university's International Summer School is offering short informal Norwegian language courses for newly arrived refugees.

Courses are provided on level 1 to level 3. The courses can be taken either in-person or as digital courses.

These courses are not credit-bearing and do not give any formal qualifications.


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 participants' vocabulary is limited and their way of expressing themselves is simple.


This course is based on dialogues, focusing on the use of Norwegian in everyday life.

During the course, we practice common situations and use the language actively from the very first session. The focus is on spoken Norwegian. We also practice pronunciation, intonation and accentuation as part of the feedback process. 

Digital classes will be held once a week via Zoom. In-person classes will be held at Blindern campus.

Preliminary knowledge

No previous knowledge of Norwegian is required. However, in order to benefit from the classes, participants must have substantial knowledge of spoken and written English.


These courses do not have exams or provide university credits. 

Number of participants

Maximum 20 participants per group for digital classes, and maximum 25 participants for in-person classes.


24 class hours; 3 class hours once a week for 8 weeks.

Digital courses:

You can start digital courses in July and September

Course start in July:

  • Level 1: 18 July
    • Teaching: 08.15-11:00, every Monday for 8 weeks
  • Level 2: 19 September
  • Level 3:  7 November

Course start in September:

  • Level 1: 5 September
  • Level 2: 24 October
  • Level 3: 9 January

In-person courses:

  • Level 1: 5 September
  • Level 2: 24 October
  • Level 3: 9 January


The registration for the courses is now open.

Register now

In order to be admitted to these courses applicants must document that they are registered as refugees in Norway with a residence card (oppholdskort) or card for asylum seekers (asyls√łkerbevis).

Published June 17, 2022 11:14 AM - Last modified Aug. 1, 2022 12:56 PM