Course content

The Courses consist of:

  • Level 1: Beginners' course
  • Level 2: Intermediate course
  • Level 3: Advanced course
  • Level 4: Proficiency course
  • Short courses, which corresponds to half of Level 1.

Each course lasts one semester.

Levels 1-4

Each Level consists of 4-6 hours of classroom teaching per week  including language laboratory exercises. To pass the course, a minimum of 80% attendance is required, in addition to several items of written coursework. Attendance is compulsory for the first lecture.

The Level 1-3 Courses consist of  78 hours of classroom teaching, and the Level 4 course has a total of 60 hours. Level 3 constitutes a part of the matriculation requirements for regular studies at Norwegian universities.

The Level 1-4 Courses each give 15 credits.

Short course (basic)

The short course corresponds to half of Level 1 and consist of 30 hours of classroom teaching.

The short course gives 7,5 credits. The examination result is passed/not passed. There are no grades given. Exchange students who are staying in Norway for one semester, are only allowed to apply for the Short course, and not for Level 1. Attendance is compulsory for the first lecture.

After attending the Short courses, you cannot apply for Level 1. Passed Short course exam does not qualify you for a Level 2 course.

College credit

Each course level counts for 15 study credits (short courses 7,5). As part of a degree at NTNU, level 4 counts for 15 study credits, and levels 3 and 4 combined count for 30 study credits. A level 3 course on its own as well as a level 1 and 2 course do not count as part of a degree at NTNU. These courses are not eligible for funding by the State Educational Loan Fund.

Course fee for academic staff

Academic staff (including PdD-candidates, postdoctoral fellows) with a duration of stay of minimum 1 year are guaranteed a place provided their Faculty/Department covers the course fee. The Course Fee is NOK 3500 per Level, and NOK 1750 for the Short course.

Groups and timetables

The students sign up for the courses themselves. The information about timetables will be given in the Admissions letter/email.

Note that there are a limited amount of places in each group. It is only possible to sign up for one group and only possible to sign up once.

Contact information

Please contact us at:
Dragvoll Campus, Building 5, Level 5.

Phone: (+47) 73 59 65 47

Questions regarding application and admission:
Phone: (+47) 73 59 77 00

Questions regarding emailadress/Internet access: