ENG0111 – English for international students

Course content

This course is a practical writing course for international students and aims at improving the students' writing skills and at raising their awareness about various aspects of the English language.

The teaching focuses on elements of English style, proper referencing, grammar and English usage, so that the students may communicate correctly and efficiently in an academic context.

In the first part of the course, the students will learn about basic reading, writing, paraphrasing and summarizing techniques, and the importance of good referencing.

The second part of the course deals with specific grammar topics and general writing tips.

Learning outcome

After completing this course you will:

  • have a basic proficiency in written English;
  • know how to avoid plagiarism;
  • have skills in the English Language that enables you to benefit from and perform in the various courses taught in English at the University of Oslo;
  • know how to write a summary of any given text, and how to use different types of visual material (tables, diagrams, graphs and charts), and set up a bibliography.


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 exchange students are admitted to this course, and admission to the course is required.

Cannot be taken by students who have already taken ENG1111 – The English Language. Awareness and Writing Skills, an introduction.


Recommended previous knowledge

The course assumes a basic knowledge of English.


Seminar, two hours per week for 14 weeks, 28 hours in total. The course will be a mixture of lectures and exercises. There is a mid-term reading week during which students are expected to work on their own and revise the material taught.

Obligatory activity:

  • Attendance is obligatory at least 11 out of 14 seminars. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of every class.
  • Students are required to hand in 2 compulsory assignments in order to qualify for the final examination. All assignments should be handed in via Canvas. All assignments handed in for evaluation must be accompanied by an obligatory statement concerning cheating, to be found here. The deadlines are found in the reading schedule. Students should prepare for classes by following the schedule, posted in Canvas and distributed in class. Read more about guidelines for compulsory activities.
  • Additional absences must be justified to the exam coordinator. Read more about rules concerning valid excuses and how to apply for approved absences or postponements. Please note that absence exceeding 50 % of all seminars may not be approved, regardless of any excuses.


There will be a 4-hour written exam at the end of the term.

The exam in this subject will be digital and will be conducted in Inspera Assessment. For more information see the semester page for this subject.  You can find a link under the heading "Schedule, syllabus and examination date" on this page.  

Previous exams and assessment guidelines

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.

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

Macmillan Dictionary will be offered in the digital examination system Inspera. You are not allowed to bring your own dictionary to the exam.

Language of examination

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

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.

The results will be available on the StudentWeb within three weeks of the exam.

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.

Once the course requirements have been fulfilled, they remain valid for the current and the next two semesters that the course is taught.

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)

Facts about this course




Spring 2020

After spring 2020, this course will be discontinued.


Spring 2020

After spring 2020, this course will be discontinued.

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