ISSN0120 – Intensive Intermediate Norwegian, Level II

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Course content

Students work primarily with non-fiction texts and exercises with themes from Norwegian daily life and society. Important and basic points of grammar are examined, and attention is given to variations in the Norwegian language. Students increse their vocabulary and learn idioms and varied ways of expressing themselves in different contexts.

Learning outcome

To understand oral presentations on everyday life and current issues, including the ability to understand the main ideas of radio and television programs. To read textbooks and simple authentic texts and newspaper articles. To have sufficient command of both oral and written Norwegian that errors do not interfere with communication.


If you would like to take this course, you must apply directly to the International Summer School

Only students admitted to the course may take part in instruction.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Applicants must meet the minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway. Minimum academic requirements.

The applicant must have passed Norwegian Level I with a minimum of “D” or better in both the oral and written examinations. If you have attended a Norwegian level A2 course outside of the UiO (Norskprøven level A2 or an equivalent course), documentation of this must be uploaded in the application portal. There will be an in-class test on the first day of class. Students who fail to document their A2 level will be demoted to level I.

Overlapping courses

This course is equivalent to the courses listed above, and is also equivalent to Folkeuniversitetet's Levels B1 (4-5) and European level B1.

Norwegian courses up to a maximum of 40 credits can be used as part of a degree at the University of Oslo for international students.


The course consists of 26 lectures, each 3 hours daily (10:15-13:00), Monday to Friday, for six weeks. Classroom sessions include instruction, language laboratory and group work.

Daily attendance is expected of all participants. Students must attend a minimum of 75% of the lectures in order to take the final exam.


All classes on level 2 will use;

Ellingsen, ELisabeth og Mac Donald, Kirsti, Stein på stein. Tekstbok og Arbeidsbok. Oslo: Cappelen Damm, 2014


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

Detailed information about the exams will be published on the ISS website in the week preceding the exams.

Previous exams are available for download as a study aid.

You can check your results and order transcripts in Studentweb three weeks after the exam.

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.

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 1500 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 choose to 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

A student can take the class and sit for this exam up to 3 times. If a student wishes to withdraw from the exam, s/he must submit the Course Change Request Form to the ISS Reception before the exam. Failure to do so will be counted as one of the three opportunities to sit for the exam, which is the general rule at UiO.

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.


This course can be combined with other summer courses, see which courses you can combine in the course schedule.

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