Norwegian Language and Culture for Foreign Language Students, level 3

Undergraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

Students with Norwegian as their first language cannot receive credits for NOR-U3 or any of UiB's Norwegian language courses.

NOR-U3 is an advanced course based on NOR-U1/2 or NOR-U2.

Students will learn to use oral and written Norwegian with reasonably good precision, both receptive and productive, in general and academic contexts.

Norwegian language structure, vocabulary and idiomatic expressions will be emphasized, various topics will be covered, and participants will gain knowledge and insight into topics such as Norwegian geography, history, literature and current events.

UiB's Norwegian language courses can be combined as follows:

  1. NOR-U1 (15 cred.) + NOR-U2 (15 cred.) + NOR-U3 (15 cred.) + NOR-U4 (10 cred.)
  2. NOR-U1/2 (30 cred.) + NOR-U3 (15 cred.) + NOR-U4 (10 cred.)

Learning Outcomes

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


Students will

  • be able to master the main rules of Norwegian grammar


Students will

  • be able to converse in Norwegian about general topics and carry on an academic discussion in relatively fluent Norwegian
  • be able to understand lectures in Norwegian and take notes
  • be able to read and understand Norwegian textbooks, newspapers and fiction without special difficulties
  • be able to express themselves in writing about general and academic topics without distorting the content

General competence

Students will

  • have acquired sufficient skills and knowledge to meet the Norwegian language requirement for studying at universities and colleges in Norway

ECTS Credits

15 ECTS credits.

Level of Study

Not applicable.

Semester of Instruction


Place of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
NOR-U2 or equivalent knowledge and skills in Norwegian language.
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

There is an overlap between NOR-U3 and the decommissioned course NOR-U2/3.

NOR-U3 combined with NOR-U2/3 will give a credit reduction of 15 ECTS credits.

Access to the Course
Teaching and learning methods

The course has approximately 80 teaching hours.

It is expected that students are prepared and participate actively in lessons.

If fewer than five students are registered to a course, the department might reduce the teaching, please see the department's guidelines regarding this on "Mitt UiB". For courses where this is a possibility, students will be informed at the beginning of the semester, and before the semester registration deadline (February 1 / September 1).

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 five written assignments during the semester.

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 examination that includes an oral and a written part in Norwegian Bokmål.

The oral part of the exam lasts about 15 minutes if the exam is a conversation between an examiner and one student, and about 20 minutes if the exam is a conversation between an examiner and two students.

The written part is a five hour, digital, on-campus exam covering listening tests,reading and writing skills. An overall grade is given. The written part of the exam counts for approximately2/3 of the final grade, while the oral part counts for approximately 1/3.

Students may only sit for the exam once per semester and both parts of the exam must be passed in order for the student to pass the course.

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
Grading scale A-F.
Assessment Semester
Reading List
The reading list is 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 in any written or oral exam.
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.