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Short Introductory Course in Norwegian Language and Culture (Short Introductory Course in Norwegian Language and Culture )

Master (ISCED 2011 level 7)


Duration 1 semesters
Cost 590 NOK

ECTS Credits


Teaching semester


Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

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

After successfully completing this course, students:


  • 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 persons 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

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge


Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

There is 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 credits.

Example: NOR-INTRO and NOR-U1 combined will give a total of 15 credits.

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Teaching and learning methods

The course totals 36 hours of instruction.

Students are divided into seminar groups and it is expected that they are prepared and participate actively in lessons.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Attendance is mandatory. Participants who are absent more than 25% of the time will not be permitted to take the exam.

Students will 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 examiner and two or three students.

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

Regarding the number of assessment attempts, see the regulations on admissions, programs, evaluation and degrees at the University of Bergen § 6.8

Examination Support Material


Grading Scale


Assessment Semester


Reading List

The reading list is announced at the start of the semester.

Students will also need a dictionary. A primer in Norwegian or a compendium of texts at the beginners¿ level will be used.

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 discussion with the responsible instructor.

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

Structural components
International component
Language training

ISCED Categories

Personal skills and communication