Norwegian for Foreigners

Norwegian for Foreigners

The Norwegian for Foreigners courses consist of:

Level 1: Beginners' course, Level 2: Intermediate course, Level 3: Advanced course, Level 4: Proficiency course and Short course (basic) at Campus Trondheim. I addition we offer some online courses for students and staff at the Ålesund and Gjøvik campuses. 


Courses for refugees

We are allocating temporary student places in our level 1 courses in Trondheim, Gjøvik and Ålesund, for refugees who have registered for collective protection or received individual asylum in Norway in 2022 from this autumn onward.

Level 1 is a language course for beginners or students with very little previous knowledge of Norwegian. The course focuses on basic grammar and use of everyday language in both oral and written production.

Please note that you must be present in Norway when applying. How to apply


Norskkurs forside engelsk toggler

It is important to follow these steps in the correct order:

1. Accept the offer

This is done in the in the application portal Søknadsweb. Information will be given to you in the email from the Admissions office.

2. Find a timetable / group

You can choose between different course codes

3. Sign up 

Sign up in Studentweb. You can only sign up for one group. Note that groups are filled on a first come, first serve basis.

Remember to register both for classes and exams (and to save between the two registrations). 

Sign up deadlines:

  • 15 September (Autumn)
  • 1 February (Spring)

3. Pay the semester fee / Recieve the semester card

All students have to pay a semester fee before 15 September (Autumn) or 1 February (Spring). Please note that you will not get access to Blackboard until the fee payment is registered in our system.

4. Follow the "New Student Guide"

Infomation regarding how to get your student card, student ID, and to get better aquainted with NTNU.

For applicants to levels 2 and 3 with no formal proof of competence, a placement test will be offered to evaluate the proficiency level.

Applicants who need to take the test will be called to do so after the deadline has passed. You need not apply to take the test. 

The test consists of a listening part, a grammar part and a written part (essay). There is no oral part. Applicants will recieve an email with username and password to the test portal Inspera a few days before the test.

Placement test autumn 2022

The test requires physical attendance and will be held on Wednesday 16 November 2022 from 4 to 7 PM. If you need to take the test you will receive more information via email about a week beforehand. 

In order to be granted a permanent residence permit, you must normally complete tuition in the Norwegian language and social studies and pass tests. Please check which rules apply to you on UDI’s website 

Our Norwegian courses do not qualify for exemption from the social studies tuition for permanent residence permit applications. Please contact your municipality if you believe you qualify for an exemption.

Exemption from the social studies tuition can be granted for some applicants. Please check UDI’s website  for details about the requirements in your specific situation.

The Computer-Assisted Listening and Speaking Tutor (CALST)

Do you speak a foreign language in addition to Norwegian? Or maybe you teach foreign students Norwegian? If yes, I guess you probably know how difficult it can be to learn how to pronounce words correctly. The computer programme CALST may be of great help to those learning Norwegian.

NoW - Norwegian on the Web 

The NoW course is a Norwegian Course for beginners. Level A2/B1 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). 

The Now2-course is based on NoW and equivalent to Level 2 in our regular Norwegian courses. Level B1/B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). 

NOW - other versions

NTNU has collaborated with other educational institutions in order to create tailor-made versions of NoW. These may be used free of charge.

LearnNoW - in collaboration with VOX (Norwegian Agency for Lifelong Learning) - an agency of the Ministry of Education and Research.

NoWiN - in collaboration with Narvik University College (HiN).

Other online resourses 

Contact information

Contact information

Questions regarding application and admission:
opptak@ntnu.no

Questions regarding courses: norskkurs@ntnu.no

Important dates

Important dates

Spring semester

Autumn semester