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. More information about the courses.

The courses start in January (Spring) and August (Autumn).  Each course lasts one semester. Attendance is compulsory for the first lecture.


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It is important to follow these steps in the correct order

1. Accept the offer in the application portal Søknadsweb

Information will be given to you in the email from the Admissions office.

2. AFTER 13 January: Find a timetable/group and sign up

This is done in StudentWeb. 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" 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. 

The test for admission to courses in the spring semester 2022 will be held on 11 November, from 16.00. The test last 3 hours, and will be held digitally. 

Applicants will recieve an email with username and password to the test portal Inspera a few days before the test.

The test will only be held at the given date and time.

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 deadlines

Important deadlines

Spring semester

Autumn semester