ILN4900 – Project Semester for Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies

Course content

The Project Term for Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies (30 ECTS) may be undertaken as the third semester in a 2-year masters’ degree in most of the masters’ programmes at the Institute of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies; Viking and Medieval Studies, Linguistics, Multilingualism, Ibsen Studies and Scandinavian Studies.


In the project term, you will intern at a workplace relevant to your field of study. Relevant employers are for example an institution, a company, or a non-profit organisation in Norway or another Nordic nation with operations related to your field of study.


The course is meant to give you relevant work experience within your academic specialty. During the project term, you must also write a project term paper, relevant to both your field of study and the dealings and needs of the institution where you intern.    

Learning outcome

After finishing the course, the student shall:

  • be able to work independently with a project term paper, where the topic of the term paper is decided in collaboration between the institution, the student and the supervisor at the University of Oslo.
  • be able to work in a team at a place of work relevant to your studies.
  • be able to plan, execute and report a professional project.
  • have an increased awareness of their own competence, in particular in relation to the connect between theory and practice.
  • be able to evaluate feedback and comments from their employer and their academic supervisor, and conclude in accordance with these comments.
  • have a solid base of experience for their masters’ thesis process.


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

Only students admitted to the masters’ programmes in Viking and Medieval Studies, Linguistics, Multilingualism, Ibsen Studies and Scandinavian Studies may apply to be accepted to this course.


60 ECTS of your masters’ degree programme must be completed before the project term.


The institute will be able to suggest possible places for internships, but it is the student themselves that must contact potential institutions and secure their own internships.


Further, the student must apply to the study programme for an approval of the internship, by contacting the study consultant for the course.


For students who wish to apply to travel to a Norwegian foreign service mission through the Faculty of Humanities' agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs:


Deadlines: 1 of October for interning in the spring semester, and 1 of March for the fall semester.


The applying student must fill out a form, and write an individual motivation letter of about one typed page, in English. A CV and transcripts of grades, in English, must also be included. Please contact the study consultant for the application form.


The full application must be sent in .pdf-format to the study consultant before the deadline.


Students offered an internship in the Foreign Service Missions/embassies, will be contacted directly by the employer.


(Note: A prerequisite to work for the Norwegian Foreign Service may be that you are a Norwegian citizen.)


Tips for a good application:

Cover letter and CV


Formal prerequisite knowledge

For admission to this course you must have completed courses equivalent to 60 ECTS within the two first semesters of the masters programmes mentioned above.


The course is obligatory for further admission to the 30 ECTS master-thesis course in your study programme.

Overlapping courses

30 credits overlap with NOR4900 – Nordisk prosjektsemester


The course does not have typical lessons.


Throughout the semester, the internship will consist of a normal 5-day work week, where 3,5 – 4 days are used for regular assignments for the employer, and the rest of the time is used for the term project paper.


A condition that must be met by the potential employer before an agreement for the internship is accepted, is that the employer provides the student with work assignments that are relevant to their field of study. The employer is also required to ensure that a contact person is available to supervise the student during the internship period.


The institute will provide the student an academic supervisor.  


The student is offered 7,5 hours of academic supervision, provided by an employee at ILN,  during the internship period.


In cooperation, the student, the employer and the academic supervisor decide on a theme for the project term paper.



The form of assessment in this course is a project term paper, 15-20 pages long (à 2300 characters without spaces). At a set date, the paper must be uploaded into Inspera.

The project term paper is written during the internship semester.


The student, the employer and the academic supervisor decide on a theme for the project term paper in cooperation.


The University has the responsibility of ensuring the quality of the papers’ theme and academic supervision during the project term.

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read 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.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students whose project term paper is not accepted, will be given an opportunity to rework their project term paper within one month after publication of the grades, on the condition that the formal requirements are fulfilled in the version submitted originally. If illness or another valid reason for an extension occurs, please contact the study consultant. 

Withdrawal from an examination

A term paper or equivalent that is passed may not be resubmitted in revised form.

If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline, 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.

There are no limits of admissions to this course, but are subject to the availability of suitable organisations willing to accept interns. 

A letter providing a general explication of what the ILN-student may contribute to a place of work may be provided. It is advisable that this letter is provided to the potential employer together with your application. Please contact the student consultant of the course for a copy. 


Where have students interned earlier?

Examples of previous internship providers:

National Library

Cappelen Damm
Unicef Norge
Norla - Senter for norsk skjønn- og faglitteratur i utlandet
Den norske FN-delegasjonen I New York
NRK Drama
Musikk og ungdom (JM Norway)

Facts about this course






Spring and autumn


Spring and autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)