for Exchange Students

Intensive Norwegian Summer Courses

The Norwegian summer course for Norwegian language and nature is fun and challenging, and a good way to make new friends and learn about your host country: the course is a great opportunity for exchange students who want to learn Norwegian and build a social network. We welcome about 160 students from all over the world. Please note that we cannot guarantee a place in the language course due to the large number of applicants. You will be notified about the results approximately one week after the registration deadline.

We offer two different course periods:

  • Course A:  Thursday, 23.7.2015 – 15.8.2015
  • Course B:  Monday, 27.7.2015 – 15.8.2015

Both courses are organized by NTNU's Office of International Relations and are open for students who will stay for an exchange periode at NTNU. Erasmus students can apply at their home institution for additional support (prolongation of the Erasmus periode abroad).

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The programme

The language course is comprised of a total of 70 hours of training. You also work with your fellow students in self-study groups on different language tasks. Because of the high-speed progress it is extremely important that the participants take part from the very beginning. It is not possible to work part-time jobs during the course!

Difference between course A and B
Both courses have the same amount of teaching hours (70) and the lectures will start at the same day. But course A gives you more time to socialise with your future fellow students, to start the first weekend with an exciting hiking trip and other social activities. It might also be easier to get cheaper tickets when you can avoid weekend arrivals.

Our enthusiastic language team encourages you to participate in cultural and social events in Trondheim and our main focus is on out door activities.

Course level/difficulty
We offer 7 different groups. Each group has a maximum of about 20 students. In general courses start at the beginners level.  Two courses are reserved for students with some knowledge.

Social programme
The Office of International Relations offers a social programme, which includes "get-to-know" Trondheim activities, various dinners/barbecues, weekend and day trips in the surroundings of Trondheim and, of course, a lot of fun. Teambuilding in the context of your host country is our main goal. Some of the activities can be challenging physically and will definitely need appropriate clothing and equipment. The social programme is an integral part of the language course.

Course fees

Exchange students
Course A: 3950 NOK
Course B: 3900 NOK

The course fee does not cover text books (NOK 450 ).

The course has to be paid after arrival by bank transfer (no cash).


The Office of International Relations will arrange accommodation for students unless you are at PhD level. Students at PhD level are not allowed to live at the student village and must arrange private accommodation on their own.  In most cases you will keep your room during your entire stay at NTNU. A room at the student village will cost about 3400 NOK for one month.


  • Application Deadline: 30.5.2015
  • Results of the selection round deadline: 11.6.2015
  • Confirmation of participation deadline: 16.6.2015
  • Online application form

Want to prepare for the language course?

Try NOW! Introductory lessons developed by NTNU staff for students heading to Trondheim.

IMPORTANT: Students who will continue with their studies at NTNU can apply for advanced Norwegian language courses during the autumn semester. Students with a passes exam beginner course can apply for level 2 courses and students with a passed exam advanced course can apply for level 3 courses.

Application deadline for Norwegian semester courses is 1.6.2015.


Questions concerning the summer course can be sent to Kristine Halvorsen.

Quick course overview

Duration: 3-4 weeks
Application deadline: 30 May
Contact: Kristine Halvorsen for any questions
Fee: Yes, but varies for different categories of participants

Application form