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One year advanced programme in Norwegian language and literature for international students

This programme is a so-called "Quota programme". In the proposed state budget for 2016, the Norwegian government has decided to phase out and eventually replace the Norwegian Quota Scheme. Therefore, the University of Oslo regrets to announce that there will not be a Quota Scheme admission for the 2017/18 academic year. You can read more about this here.


Professional qualification and courses primarily aimed at:

• Incoming international students who are studying Norwegian in their home country and who wish to document that they are qualified to teach Norwegian in their home country.


General Information

This programme of study comprises six courses – four language and applied linguistics courses and two literature courses.

Each course is equal to 10 credits. Three courses are taught each autumn term and three courses are taught each spring term.

Four of these courses form part of a so-called 40-group as defined by the Language Programme. When taken as a part of a 40-group, at least three courses must be in the language or applied linguistics category, while the fourth course may be a literature course.

A full programme of six courses corresponds to a full-time course load for a single academic year.


2. semester

NORINT2112 - Tekstkompetanse i et fremmedspråksperspektiv NORINT2014 - Litteratur og samtid - norsk litteratur fra 1850 til 1980 NORINT2115 - Dialektar, nynorsk og språkhistorie i eit framandspråksperspektiv

1. semester

NORINT1110 - Norsk grammatikk i et fremmedspråksperspektiv NORINT1111 - Norsk uttale i et fremmedspråksperspektiv NORINT1310 - Norsk samtidslitteratur - en innføring for internasjonale studenter
  10 ECTS credits 10 ECTS credits 10 ECTS credits



This programme of study covers essential aspects of Norwegian language, literature and culture.

As the various course topics will be presented from the perspective of foreign language learners, the programme will prepare students to teach Norwegian to learners who did not grow up in a Norwegian-speaking community.

The courses also cover language pedagogy.

This programme of study does not provide sufficient preparation for teaching Norwegian in Norwegian schools.


Formal prerequisites: Basic Entrance Requirements for University Studies in Norway.

Students must have a sufficient knowledge of Norwegian to enable them to work with written course material and follow class discussions at a high level without any comprehension or communication problems.

Instruction is in the form of lectures and discussions. Students are required to give oral presentations, make active contributions to seminars and discussions, and hand in written assignments.


Literature courses will cover central works of Norwegian literature and the main features of Norwegian literary history in the periods studied.

Students are also expected to become familiar with the literary debate of the time and with important secondary literature associated with the works examined.

Courses will focus on the relationship between literature and its cultural context.

There will be emphasis on discussing central issues raised in various literary works and explaining the literary devices used by the author.

Literature courses will also familiarise the students with different styles and genres, and with literary terminology and narrative devices.

Students are also expected to practice using academic Norwegian in speech and writing, thereby improving their overall fluency.


Language and applied linguistics courses are intended to provide students with an insight into the workings of contemporary Norwegian as well as proficient mastery of spoken and written Norwegian.

Although the main emphasis is on Bokmål and Standard Eastern Norwegian, students will be expected to read both Norwegian written standards, and they must choose either Bokmål or Nynorsk as their primary language.

Students are expected to understand the phonetic and phonemic basis of Norwegian pronunciation as well as the Norwegian grammatical system in general, on the morphological and syntactic levels and from the perspective of text linguistics. They are expected to familiarise themselves with the current standard pertaining to the form of Norwegian they have chosen as their primary language. Students are also expected work on idiomatic usage. The focus will be on development of the students’ own language skills and textual proficiency.

Language and applied linguistic courses will be devoted in large part to studying authentic texts and audio recordings, including texts in interlanguage produced by second language learners.

Combination options

These courses may be combined with courses in other programmes in language, literature or history.

These courses may also be taken as part of a 40-group in a Bachelor’s degree for international students in programmes that allow this.

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Published June 26, 2014 1:11 PM - Last modified Oct. 26, 2016 2:07 PM