Short Introductory Course in Norwegian Language

Undergraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

Students with Norwegian as their first language cannot receive credits for NOR-INTRO or any of UiB's Norwegian language courses.

The target audience for NOR-INTRO is exchange students with admission to the University of Bergen. The course is ideal for international students who are studying at UiB for only one or two semesters and plan to take a short introductory course in Norwegian language in addition to regular courses.

Completion of NOR-INTRO does not qualify for admission to NOR-U2.

This introductory language course focuses on vocabulary connected to topics such as introducing oneself and others, study, food, clothing, accommodation, weather and familiar situations, and events.

The course focuses to a large extent on oral language skills. Students will practice basic Norwegian phrases and pronunciation, and they will be able to have simple conversations in Norwegian about their daily life. Students will also practice reading and writing simple texts and listening to spoken Norwegian.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills, and general competence:



  • can understand and use common expressions and very basic Norwegian phrases



  • are able to introduce themselves and others
  • are able to ask and answer basic questions about topics covered in the course
  • can communicate in a simple way and use very basic Norwegian vocabulary and grammar
  • can understand spoken Norwegian provided other people talk slowly and clearly about topics covered in the course
  • can read and write simple texts about topics covered in the course

General competence


  • are able to produce and understand basic Norwegian expressions and phrases related to topics covered in the course

ECTS Credits

7.5 ECTS credits.

Level of Study

Not applicable.

Semester of Instruction


Place of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Some English proficiency is necessary as classes are partially taught in English.
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
There is an overlap between NOR-INTRO and topics covered in NOR-U1 and NOR-U1/2. NOR-INTRO combined with one of these courses will therefore give a credit reduction of 7.5 ECTS credits. Example: NOR-INTRO and NOR-U1 combined will give a total of 15 ECTS credits.
Access to the Course
The course is open to international master's students and exchange students admitted to the University of Bergen.
Teaching and learning methods
The course has approximately 36 teaching hours. Students are expected to be prepared and participate actively in lessons.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Attendance is mandatory. Students who are absent more than 25% of the time will not be permitted to take the exam. Students must also submit at least three written assignments during the course.

The compulsory requirements are valid for three semesters. This includes the semester when the lectures are given and the following two semesters.

Forms of Assessment

The course concludes with an oral examination in Norwegian.

The oral exam lasts about 15 minutes and normally consists of a conversation between an examiner and two or three students.

The oral exam is graded as pass/fail only. Results cannot be converted into the grading scale A-F.

Students may only sit for the exam once per semester.

As a general rule, students cannot sit for an exam more than three times. The number of examination attempts is regulated by Forskrift om studium ved UiB § 8-1 (UiB's regulations on admissions i.a.).

Grading Scale
Assessment Semester
Reading List
The reading list will be announced at the start of the semester.
Course Evaluation

The course will be evaluated in line with the Department's policies and UiB's quality assurance system.

The evaluation may be conducted in writing or as a discussion with the responsible teacher.

Examination Support Material
Support materials are not permitted.
Programme Committee
Programme Committee for Norwegian Language and Culture for Foreign Language Students.
Course Coordinator
Programme Committee for Norwegian Language and Culture for Foreign Language Students.
Course Administrator
Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies.