Questions and Answers
Before you decide to send us an email with general questions concerning Norwegian courses, please read through this section. Maybe your question has been answered already.
I wish to study Norwegian. How do I apply?
The Norwegian Courses for International Students (NORINT) at the Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies are only available for international students with admission to a program at the University of Oslo(UiO), or who are exchange students on an exchange agreement from a university outside of Norway.
If you are an international student at UiO you can apply through StudentWeb. See the instructions on our web page under "How to sign up for courses".
If you wish to take Norwegian courses even if you are not an international student at UiO you should consider the courses at the International Summer School. Please contact them here if you have questions regarding their courses. They have courses all year, not only during the summer.
For all questions about application and admission to the UiO, please contact the International Student Reception:
I did not get admission to NORINTxxxx, do you have a waiting list? If you do, what place do I have on the waiting list?
Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to grant admission to all applicants. The admission is done in accordance with the Priority list that you can see on our webpage.
We do not have an official waiting list, but if a free spot opens up in a class and we are able to offer you a place you will receive an email within the first week of classes. You don`t need to contact us.
I am not able to attend the class I got placed in. Can I change?
Please use our web form to apply for a class change.
I passed the first level, i.e. NORINT0110, with the grade B on both the oral and written exams and applied for the second level but now my status is “Not Qualified”. What should I do now?
We understand that the status «Not Qualified» can be confusing. That is the status given to all students who did not get admission, regardless of their earlier courses in NORINT or the placement test. It means that we were not able to give you a place in the course due to capacity issues.
If a free spot opens up in a class and we are able to offer you a place, you will receive an email within the first week of classes. You don`t need to contact us.
I passed NORINT0110 but got an E on the oral and written exam. Can I apply for NORINT0120?
You cannot proceed to the next level with an E on the oral or written exams.
You need a D or better on both the oral and written exams to be able to proceed to the next level. This means you need a D or better on both exams on NORINT0110 to get accepted to NORINT0120, and a D or better on both exams in NORINT0120 to get accepted to NORINT0130.
I got an E on the oral exam. Does this mean that I can`t take the written exam?
You can take the written exam with an E on the oral exam. At UiO, E is the lowest pass grade and F is fail. If you pass both the oral and written exam, you will pass the course and get the credits for the course. But if you want to proceed to the next level, you will have to resit both exams, and get a D or better in both the oral and written exam.
I got an E on the written exam and a D on the oral exam, which means that I can`t proceed to the next level. But can I take the placement test to get into the next level?
Our placement test is only for students who haven`t taken any NORINT courses, but have previous knowledge in Norwegian language. Therefore, you cannot use the placement test to improve your grade.
I want to learn Norwegian but I don`t know what course I should sign up for. What`s the difference between NORINT0114, NORINT0110 and your online based course(MOOC)?
NORINT0114 (10 credits) and NORINT0110 (15 credits) and our online based course (MOOC - 5 credits) are all level 1 courses.
NORINT0114 has fewer teaching hours over fewer weeks, and fewer credits than NORINT0110, and does not qualify for level 2 (NORINT0120). NORINT0110, with the grade D or better on both the oral and written exams, qualifies for level 2.
Our online based course is for students who want to get some Norwegian knowledge on their own. Our online course does not qualify for level 2, but is a good preparation if you want to take NORINT0110 or NORINT0114.
So, if you wish to continue with NORINT0120 you need to take NORINT0110 and get a D or better in both the oral and written exam.
I participated in the course NORINTxxxx. The recognition process at my university requires an official paper or course certificate. How can I acquire this?
At UiO, you need to order your transcript from Studentweb. You can read more about ordering transcripts here.