Norwegian for Foreigners
- Levels 1-4 and Short Course
Applicants are divided into two main categories:
- Applicants with NTNU affiliation
This includes Academic staff at NTNU, PhD Candidates, Postdoctoral Fellows, International master's students and Exchange students. Also for spouses/partners of Academic staff with a permanent position at NTNU, who will be paid for by their spouse's Department/Faculty.
- Applicants without NTNU affiliation
Immigrants who have a residence permit in Norway, also spouses of PhD Candidates, of Postdoctoral Fellows (temporary employed) and of students at NTNU. Please note that applicants belonging to this category can not apply for level 1 or Short course.
Applicants must fulfill the minimum NTNU entrance requirements, with the exception of the language requirements, and have a residence permit in Norway. Applicants for level 4 must have passed level 3 or equivalent, and are ranked by level 3 results.
Course fee and Semester fee
Academic staff (including PhD Candidates, Postdoctoral Fellows) with a duration of stay of minimum 1 year are guaranteed a place in level 1-3, provided their faculty/department covers the course fee.The course fee is NOK 3500 per Level, and NOK 1750 for the Short course. A letter of confirmation from their department/faculty for coverage of the course fee must be submitted. This also applies to spouses/partners of Academic staff with a permanent position at NTNU, who will be paid for by their spouse's Department/Faculty. Academic staff will not be granted admission if their department/faculty does not cover the course fee. In addition the ordinary semester fee must be paid by the applicant.
International students and other applicants will be ranked in accordance with the Admission Regulations and have to pay the ordinary semester fee (do not apply for exchange students).
All documents must be officially certified copies stamped, dated and signed by an employee at an educational institution, police, lawyer, certified copying agency or another public authority. For some countries additional conditions applies, see here for more information
The following documents must be submitted:
- For Academic staff (including PhD Candidates and Postdoctoral Fellows) at NTNU:
a. A certified copy of your work contract
b. A statement from your Department/Faculty guaranteeing that they will pay the course fee
- For International students (Masters students/Exchange students) at NTNU:
No documents or application file needed - only online application.
- For Spouses of Academic staff with a permanent position at NTNU:
a. Certified copies of both high school and university/college education in the original language and authorised translations if the original documents are not in English or a Scandinavian language
b. A certified copy ofyour spouse's contract of employment at NTNU
c. A certified copy of your marriage certificate
d. A statement from your spouse's Department/Faculty guaranteeing that they will pay for the course
- For Applicants without NTNU affiliation:
a. A certified copy of your residence permit
b. A certified copy of your passport
c. Certified copies of both high school and university/college education in the original language and authorised translations if the original documents are not in English or a Scandinavian language
Applicants not holding a Norwegian personal ID number have to submit a copy of their passport. When the Norwegian personal ID number is received, you have to notify Student Services office at Dragvoll or Gløshaugen.
Deadline for forwarding missing documentation is 1 July for the Autumn Semester and 1 December for the Spring Semester.
Results are announced end of July for Autumn semester and
beginning of January for Spring semester . All applicants will be notified by email about the outcome of their application ....
How to apply
1. Register your application online by using Søknadsweb. (click here for help). Opens 1 October 2013.
2. After the online registration you have to print out the Application File Aand return it with the requested documentation within one week (does not apply for NTNU Master and exchange students, registration on Søknadsweb is sufficient).
1 June for Autumn semester
1 November for Spring semester
NTNU Master and exchange students can not use their temporary ID number sent from the Student and Academic Division, only the Norwegian national ID number from the Norwegian Tax Administration. Before you apply on søknadsweb you have to notify the Student Services Office email@example.com that you have received your national ID number. After your new number is registered, you have to log on Søknadsweb with this number and your pin. Use your NTNU student email account.
Applicants who have not recieved their Norwegian personal ID number must send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org within the application deadline.
Applicants who apply for level 2 or 3 and who have not attended level 1 or equivalent previously, must sit for a placement test. The test is for internal use only, and is used to evaluate the level of proficiency in Norwegian to see if the applicant qualifies for level 2 or 3.
The placement test is arranged 20 November 2013. Applicants who have to sit for a placement test will receive an email ca 2 weeks beforehand with further information on how to register.