NORINT0114 – Norwegian for International Students, 60 hour Introductory Course

Course content

This is a beginner’s course for international students.

The course provides practice in the following four language skills: 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 and expressions of time.

Topics and vocabulary include, among other things, introducing oneself and greeting people, family, food, living conditions, one’s own travels, study situation, and expressing wishes and feelings.

This is a proficiency course with a final examination.

Learning outcome

After completing the course, students should be able to understand oral and written representations that include vocabulary and structures covered in the course.

Students should be able to write and talk about topics covered in the course and express their own thoughts and opinions. Their pronunciation should be good enough for the communication not to be obstructed.

They should know basic rules of grammar that have been covered in the course.

The final mark will show to what extent the student has attained the intended learning outcome for the course.


This course is only open to international students at the University of Oslo. Please see our information about admission and registration: Norwegian Courses for International Students.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

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


Six hours per week for 10 weeks, 60 hours in total. This is a course that requires active student participation. Each week, the students will be given written and/or oral assignments.

Compulsory activities

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

  • 75 % attendance (45 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 is a 3-hour written examination.               

In order to sit for the examination, the compulsory activities must be approved.          

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

Previous exams

In preparation for the exam, you can practice using the demo 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 the exam from autumn 2020 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.

Submit assignments in Inspera

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

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

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.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Reports from periodic evaluations (in Norwegian)


Please note that passing NORINT0114 does not make you eligible for NORINT0120, Level 2. In order to be eligible for NORINT0120 you must have passed NORINT0110, Level 1, with D or better, in both the oral and written exam.

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