NORA0110 – Elementary Norwegian, Level I

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Course content

NORA0110 is the first of a total of three courses that foreigners (or Norwegian citizens who do not master the Norwegian language) can take in order to meet the Norwegian language requirement for university studies in Norway.

Students work with texts and exercises relating to daily life (family, home, work, shopping, food etc.). Extensive practice in communicative speech functions, such as greetings, asking for and providing information, and expressing opinions and feelings. Work with the main features of Norwegian phonetics and grammar is also central to this course.

Learning outcome

To understand clearly spoken Norwegian, to read textbooks and similar texts and to talk about subjects relating to everyday life. To pronounce Norwegian in a way that does not interfere with communication. To write about topics dealt with in the course and to express thoughts and opinions, albeit simply. To know the basic rules of Norwegian grammar.


  • This is a pay course and the course fee is NOK 13 550. You must also pay the semester fee to complete your registration at UiO.
  • It is impossible to get a student visa to attend Norwegian language courses. If you need a visa to attend the course, you cannot apply.
  • NORA0110 does not qualify for financial support from Lånekassen.

Application period

Applications for spring 2021 is closed. The application period for the autumn will be May 3 - June 3. 


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Applicants must meet basic requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway, except in Norwegian, and to be admitted you must submit required supporting documents.

Recommended previous knowledge

No previous knowledge of Norwegian language is necessary for this beginner's course.

Overlapping courses

This course is equivalent to the courses listed above, and is also equivalent to Folkeuniversitetet's Levels 0-A2 and European levels A1-A2, but does not automatically qualify one for a residence permit.

Norwegian courses up to a maximum of 40 credits can be used as part of a degree at the University of Oslo. Contact your department for more information.


Classroom sessions include instruction, language laboratory and group work for a total of 84 classroom hours. One classroom hour lasts for 45 minutes.

Regular attendance is expected of all participants, but mandatory attendance is not required.

For spring 2021, we offer daytime and evening classes: Spring term courses will run from week 3 to week 21. See the semester page for information about time and place. 

For autumn 2021 we offer daytime and evening classes: This course will run from week 34 to week 50. See the semester page for information about time and place. 

Books: Elisabeth Ellingsen & Kirsti MacDonald (2018): På vei. Norsk og samfunnskunnskap for voksne innvandrere. Tekstbok og Arbeidsbok. Oslo: Cappelens forlag.


Exams spring and autumn 2020

Due to the current Covid-19 situation, there has been a change to the examination format for the spring and autumn semester.

The exam will consist of a written and an oral examination. The written examination counts for 25% of the total grade and lasts for 1,5 hours. The oral examination counts for 75% of the total grade and lasts for 45 minutes. The written examination will be a take home exam i Inspera, the oral exam will be held in Zoom. 

Grades spring and autumn 2020

The exam will be graded on pass/fail scale. All parts of both the oral and the written exam must be passed to receive a passing grade

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

Regular exams

The exam will consist of a written and an oral examination. The written examination counts for 50% of the total grade and lasts for 3 hours. Part of the written exam includes a dictation. The oral examination counts for 50% of the total grade and lasts for 10-15 minutes. 

The oral exam will be arranged before the written exam, your teacher will tell you when your oral exam will take place. There will also be information about the time and place of the written exam in StudentWeb.

Previous exams

Previous exams are available for download as a study aid.

Digital 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.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination


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.

Examination results are available three weeks after the exam, at the latest. Grades and transcripts will be available via StudentWeb.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Candidates may re-sit an exam free of charge if they: a) have a valid absence (doctor’s note), or b) failed the examination.

Candidates who want to re-sit the exam to improve their grades, or did not show up for the scheduled exam must pay a fee of NOK 2 250 to re-sit the exam.

You can take the exam up to three times. You cannot re-sit an examination if you have used the maximum number of examination attempts. Candidates who re-sit the exam must take all parts of the exam again (both written and oral exams). 

Candidates who re-sit the exam may take the exam in May, July and December when regular exams are arranged. Candidates who are re-sitting NORA exams can also re-sit the exam in the summer at the ISS exam.

To re-sit the exam, contact the ISS office by email (

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.

Students who need a specially adapted exam must submit a Request for Special Examination Form along with medical documentation to NORA by September 1 for the autumn semester and February 1 for the spring semester.


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

Payment and cancellations

See information about payment.

See information about cancellation.

UiO employees

UiO employees have special conditions for Norwegian courses, see here for more information

Facts about this course






Spring and autumn


Spring and autumn

Teaching language


Course fee

NOK 13 550,- plus semester fee