Norwegian language requirements

Non-Norwegian students who wish to take a degree from NTNU that is taught in Norwegian must meet the university's Norwegian language requirements. Students must either pass the Norwegian for Foreigners course level 3 exam or the national written Bergen Norwegian Language Test  to be eligible for admission.

Note that Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, or Swedish applicants who have graduated from upper secondary school (videregående skole) in Denmark, Finland, Iceland or Sweden do not need to document their proficiency in Norwegian.

NTNU Permanent Employees
Anyone who has been hired into a permanent position at NTNU who does not already speak Norwegian or another Scandinavian language is required to master Norwegian (or another Scandinavian language) within three years of the start date. This means being able to communicate at "level 3" (or the equivalent) of the Norwegian for Foreigners course given by the Department of Language and Communication Studies.

Norwegian language courses at NTNU

Living in Norway gives you an unparalleled opportunity to learn Norwegian. NTNU offers part-time classes to help you learn Norwegian as a second language. A good place to start is our online course Norwegian on the Web (NoW).

During the semester you can enroll in Norwegian for Foreigners. This is a four-level course, which successful completion of level 3 fulfils the Norwegian language requirement. We also offer an intensive course in late summer for exchange students.

Course

Duration

International Students

Exchange
Students

Staff/PhD
Fellows

Others

Norwegian for foreigners
(4 levels)

Semester

x

x

x

x

Summer course

3 weeks

 

x

 

 

Norwegian on the Web

Online

x

x

x

x

 

Office of International Relations

International House
Gløshaugen campus
O. S. Bragstads plass 3
NO-7491 Trondheim, Norway

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Telephone: +47 73595700
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