NORINT0130 – Norwegian for International Students, Level 3

Course content

This is a course on the higher intermediate level for international students. The subject builds on skills and knowledge acquired in NORINT0120 or the equivalent. A passing mark in this subject meets the Norwegian language requirements for Faculty admission at Norwegian universities and university colleges. 

The instruction places considerable emphasis on the ability to comprehend different oral forms of expression, so oral practice is a key feature. Topics covered in grammar include sentence structure, modality, the passive voice and participles, among other things.

We work with various non-fictional and fictional texts. Some of the topics covered are drawn from texts about history, politics and intercultural relations.

In this course, practice also focuses on idiomatic expressions, logical relations, abstract vocabulary and subject-related terminology, both in oral and written language.

This is a proficiency course with a final examination.

Learning outcome

After completing the course, the students will

  • be able to master Norwegian so well that they can start studying at Norwegian universities or colleges with Norwegian students, with Norwegian lecturers and Norwegian literature
  • be able to attend lectures and take notes, understand radio and television programs and other types of oral presentations
  • be able to participate actively and independently in seminars, conversations and discussions. They must be able to express themselves easily and understand others themselves. Speech, prosody and speech speed must not inhibit their presentations
  • be able to express themselves in writing referential, descriptive and argumentative presentations, and know the main rules for effective textualization
  • have knowledge of some of the most common writing styles used at the university, such as writing of reports, papers and academic texts
  • be able to master the main rules for conjugation, wording and word order
  • be able to read academic literature, factual prose, newspapers and other authentic material without any special difficulties
  • be able to demonstrate a good knowledge of Norwegian culture and society, and have a vocabulary that allows them to express independent views on relevant questions

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


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

It is assumed that students have Higher education entrance qualification with the exception of Norwegian language skills, and that they have passed NORINT0120 – Norwegian for International Students, Level 2, Level 2 or the equivalent with the grade D or better on both the written and oral exam.


This course has eight hours seminar teaching per week for 14 weeks (112 hours in total), and two hours grammar lectures per week for 11 weeks (22 hours in total).

The seminar teaching requires active student participation and students will be given written assignments every week.

The seminar teaching has mandatory attendance. The grammar lectures are not mandatory.

Compulsory activities

Before the student can sit for the exam, the following compulsory activities must be approved by the teacher:

  • 75 % attendance in the seminar teaching (84 hours)
  • Qualifying task in the form of an oral presentation
  • Qualifying task in the form of a written 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 4-hour written school exam and an oral examination. The written and oral parts account for 50 % 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 the oral exam is published here (NORWEGIAN ONLY).

The guidance for examiners for the written 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 support material is allowed during the final examinations.

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 scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. 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.


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

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