Intensive Norwegian Summer Course

for Exchange Students

Intensive Norwegian Summer Course

The Norwegian Summer Course is fun and challenging, and a good way to learn Norwegian while making new friends and learning about your host country. Every summer, we welcome 150 students from all over the world.

Course dates: Cancelled for the summer of 2020 due to Covid-19

The course is organized by the NTNU’s Office of International Relations, and is open for new exchange students at NTNU. The application form is now available here.

The language course

The language course consists of 70 hours of classes. Because of the intensive nature of the course, it is extremely important that you take part from the very beginning. It is not possible to work part-time during the course.

Course level/difficulty

You will be divided into groups of approximately 20 students. We offer two levels: beginner and intermediate. Please read the course descriptions to find the right level for you:

Beginner's level 

  • Requirements: No previous knowledge required
  • Learning outcome: A2

Intermediate level

  • Requirements: A2
  • Learning outcome: B1/B2

Social programme

The social programme is an integral part of the language course. Teambuilding in the context of your host country is our main goal, and our focus is on outdoor activities. The programme includes several day trips in the surroundings of Trondheim, and a weekend excursion to nearby mountains in the region of Trøndelag. Included are also city games, barbecues, study nights, and of course, a lot of fun! 

Some of the activities can be challenging physically and you will need appropriate clothing and equipment: good hiking shoes, a medium sized backpack, and warm comfortable clothes.

We will do our best to accommodate students with special needs/disabilities in the social programme. Please contact us for more information.

Important information about the Orientation Week

The NTNU Orientation Week for new international students in Trondheim is an integral part of the Summer Course. You will have the chance to take part in most of the activities; however, some may collide with your lectures. We will do our best to facilitate your participation in both.

Fee for the social programme

While NTNU covers the majority of the costs for the social programme, you will have to pay a contributing fee of NOK 1500. You will also have to buy your own textbooks (NOK 200 – 750) and pay for accommodation.


Erasmus students can apply at their home institution for additional support (prolongation of the Erasmus period abroad).


The Office of International Relations will arrange accommodation for new exchange students. A room at the student village will cost about NOK 4000 for one month. In most cases you will be able to keep the same room for the rest of your stay at NTNU.


The application form will be available 1 April

Please note that there is a limited number of places on the Summer Course. We can therefore not guarantee admission. Exchange students from partner institutions will be given priority. Academic disciplines and geographical distribution will also be taken into consideration. The student’s academic performance will be considered in cases where the above-mentioned criteria do not suffice.

International master’s degree students at NTNU are welcome to apply for the course, and will be considered if there are places left after the normal intake. 


Important dates

  • Application deadline: 1 June
  • Results of the selection round: 8 June

Other Norwegian courses at NTNU

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

If you want to apply for one of the Norwegian for Foreigners courses taught during the autumn semester, the deadline is 1 June.

Please note that in most cases exchange students are offered only one Norwegian course per semester, due to a limited number of places. If you are offered a place for the Intensive Norwegian Summer Course, you will most likely not be offered a place in a language course in the autumn semester. 


Questions concerning the summer course can be sent to



14 May 2020


Quick course overview

Dates: Cancelled for 2020
Credits: 10 ECTS
Application deadline: 1 June
Fee: NOK 1500

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