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NORINT0110 - Norwegian for International Students, Level 1

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Course content

This course provides practice in the following four language skills: pronunciation/speaking, writing, listening and reading Norwegian. It introduces Norwegian phonetics and grammar, e.g. word order, the declension of nouns, adjectives and verbs, the use of tenses and pronouns and expression of time. Covered topics and vocabulary include presenting oneself, family relationships, living conditions, study situations, work, holidays and leisure, tourist attractions and food and drink. Practice is also provided in expressing needs, assessments and feelings.

This is a skills course with a final examination.

Learning outcome

Students will be able to understand oral discourse about topics from everyday life and will be able to talk about these topics using basic vocabulary and simple, specific styles of presentation. Their pronunciation will be good enough to ensure that communication is not hampered. They will be able to read textbooks and similar texts about topics relating to everyday life. They will be able to write about topics addressed in the course and express thoughts and opinions using simple language. Finally, they will be familiar with the main rules of Norwegian grammar covered in the course.

Final marks will show the extent to which students have benefited from the course.


This course is reserved exclusively for international students at the University of Oslo, given an admission to the course. International students will receive information about registering for Norwegian courses when they arrive in Norway. Those who are not students at the Univeristy of Oslo may apply for Pay courses in Norwegian Language.

It is not possible to take this course as an external candidate. You must have been accepted into a course in order to take the examination.

The examination in this course is not available for external candidates. Only students admitted to the course may sit for the examination.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

The prerequisite for this course is basic entrance requirements, with the exception of Norwegian language requirements.

Recommended previous knowledge

No previous knowledge of Norwegian is required.


This 84-hour course will run the whole semester. Written assignments must be submitted on each class day. Self-funded Bachelor's students who need to make faster progress will be offered an intensive course which covers the NORINT0110 and NORINT0120 (levels 1 and 2) courses. The intensive courses will run for 14 12-hour weeks during the autumn semester.

The course is closed, i.e. instruction is reserved only for students who have been accepted into the course.

Attention: 75% attendance required for all courses.

Instruction takes place throughout the semester in accordance with Section 4.1 of the Regulations governing studies and examinations at the University of Oslo.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.

Students who have completed and received certification of an obligatory course are not entitled to further instruction.


A 3-hour long, written final examination will be given and graded according on a scale from A to F, and a final oral examination will be given and graded according to the same scale. Each parts will account for 50% of the final grade, and each part must be passed.

In order to progress to Level 2, NORINT0120 - Norwegian for International Students, Level 2, students must pass the Level 1 written and oral examinations with grades of D or higher.

Examination support material

No support material is allowed during the final examinations.

Grading scale

The course uses grade ranging from A to F, with A representing the highest marks and F indicating a fail, in accordanse with Section 6.1 of the Regulations governing studies and examinations at the University of Oslo.

This course has an external programme supervisor who will evaluate the overall academic quality of the course, including the evaluation process itself.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who cannot complete scheduled examination because of an unavoidable absence (illness etc.) have the right to apply for a postponement. Postponed examinations are held either later in the same term or early in the following term. Documentation of an unavoidable absence must be enclosed with the application for a postponement, in accordance with Section 5.5. of the Regulations governing studies and examinations at the University of Oslo.

Withdrawal from an examination

Students who fail an examination or students who wish to improve their original marks are not entitled to take a postponed examination, but must wait until the next time the ordinary examinations is given.

Special examination arrangements

If you have a disability or a health problem that entails significant inconvenience in an examination situation, you may be considered for special examination arrangements. Mothers who are breastfeeding may apply for extra time to complete the exam.


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.


A maximum of 20 students per class. 1-3 classes each semester. NORINT0110 can provide benefits in the form of credits for exchange students. NORINT0110 is part of the introductory programme in Norwegian that is compulsory for international students who have been accepted into ordinary departmental studies where the instruction is provided in Norwegian.

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

A compulsory statement concerning cheating must be submitted with all obligaoty assignments and examinations.

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