NORINT0110 – Norwegian for International Students, Level 1

Course content

This is a course on the elementary level for international students.

The subject provides practice in the following four language skills: pronunciation/speaking, writing, listening to and reading Norwegian. It offers an introduction to Norwegian phonetics and grammar, with topics such as word order, declension of nouns, adjectives and verbs, use of tenses, use of pronouns, expressions of time, and quantifiers.

Topics and vocabulary include, among other things, family relationships, living conditions, study situations, work, holidays and leisure, tourist attractions, and food and health. Practice is also provided in expressing needs, assessments and feelings.

This is a proficiency 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.


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.

This course is only open to international students at the University of Oslo. Read about admission and registering here: Norwegian Courses for International Students.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

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


Six hours per week for 14 weeks, 84 hours in total. This is a course that requires active student participation. Each week, the students will be given written assignments.

Compulsory activities

In order to sit for the examination, the following compulsory assignments must be approved by the teacher:

  • 75 % attendance (63 hours)
  • One compulsory oral presentation

Access to teaching

If you have completed compulsory instruction and have had this approved, you are not entitled to repeat that instruction. If you have been admitted to the course, but have not completed compulsory instruction or had this approved, you are entitled to new instruction permitting available capacity.


The exam consists of a 3-hour written school exam and an oral examination. The written and oral parts account for 50 per cent of the final grade each. Both the written and oral exams must be passed in the same semester in order for the total grade to be a passing grade.

Before the student can sit for the exam, the compulsory activities must be approved.

Approved compulsory activities are valid for the next two terms in which the course is offered.

In preparation for the exam, you can practice using a demonstration exam in Inspera.

Here you will find an earlier assignment that is used for the exam, as well as the answers.

Guidance for examiners

The guidance for examiners for exams from autumn 2019 is published here (NORWEGIAN ONLY)

The guideance for examiners for the exam is published here (NORWEGIAN ONLY).

Written examination

The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.

Read more about written examinations using Inspera.

Submission in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read more about how to submit 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.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Use of sources and citations

When writing a paper you are obligated to 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

The examination text is given in Norwegian, and you submit your response in Norwegian.

Grading scale

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

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


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.

Reports from periodic evaluations (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.

Facts about this course




Spring and autumn


Spring and autumn

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