Admission to Norwegian for Foreigners

Admission to Norwegian for Foreigners

You apply for this course via NTNU's Søknadsweb (registration on Studentweb is not considered an application). Course information is available on the web page of the Department of Language and Literature

Applicants must fulfill the general entrance requirements (with the exception of the Norwegian language requirement), and have a valid residence permit in Norway. You have to cover the English language requirement to be considered for admission.

Admission information

Admission information

Beginner courses

The beginner courses (level 1 and the short course) are only available for applicants with NTNU affiliation. 

The short course

You need to be an employee at NTNU at least half a year to be considered for admission for this course. For NTNU students the requirement is a period of stay of at least 3 months. Partners of permanent academic employees can also be considered for admission. 

Level 1

You need to be a student/employee NTNU for at least one year to be considered for admission for this level. Partners of permanent academic employees can also be considered for admission. 

 

Level 2, 3 and 4 are open for all applicants. 

  • Applicants with NTNU affiliation
    • Employees/partners of permanent employees
      • Permanent administrative employees
      • Academic employees
      • PhD candidates/Postdoc
      • Partners of permanent academic employees
    • NTNU-students
      • International master's students
      • Exchange students
         
  • Applicants without NTNU affiliation (external applicants)
    • Immigrants with a residence permit
    • Partners of temporary employees and students at NTNU

You have to upload the required documents on Søknadsweb. 

Employees

  • Work contract at NTNU
  • Letter from your department confirming that they are willing to cover the course fee
  • Possible documentation of Norwegian language skills

Partners of permanent employees

  • Partner's work contract at NTNU
  • Letter from your partner's department confirming they are willing to cover the course fee
  • High school and university education, both in the original language and a certified translation to English/a Scandinavian language
  • Residence permit
  • Marriage certificate or documentation showing that you live with your partner
  • Documentation showing that you cover the English language requirement
  • Documentation of Norwegian language skills if you have this

NTNU-students

  • You do not need to upload documentation, unless you have documentation of your Norwegian language skills

External applicants

  • Diploma and transcripts of records from high school and university education, both in the original language and a certified translation to English/a Scandinavian language
  • Residence permit
  • Documentation showing that you cover the English language requirement
  • Documentation of Norwegian language skills if you have this

Please note that there are additional requirements for educational documents from specific countries.

If any documentation is missing from your application, we will send you an email. 

Information about the course content is available on the web page of the Department of Language and Literature.

 

Level 2 requirement

  • Passed level 1
  • Norskprøven (organised by Kompetanse Norge) with a B1 result on the written part and A2 results on the listening, reading, and oral parts. 

Level 3 requirement

  • Passed level 2
  • Norskprøven (organised by Kompetanse Norge) with a B2 result on the reading part of the test, and B1 results on the listening, reading, and oral parts. 

Level 4 requirement

 

If you have other documentation of your Norwegian language skills, we will check if this can cover the requirement. 

If you have applied for level 2 and/or 3, and you do not have (sufficient) documentation of your Norwegian language skills, you must take a digital placement test. This test is not an official exam but is used to see which level you qualify for.

If you need to take the test you will receive login information via email about a week beforehand. 

If you have questions about the test, please contact the Department of Language and Literature: norskkurs@hf.ntnu.no

NTNU employees/partners of permanent employees

If you are an academic employee/a permanent administrative employee or partner of a permanent employee, you are guaranteed a place on the course if your department/your partner's department is willing to cover the course fee for you. 

NTNU students

  • If you have not yet taken a Norwegian language course at NTNU, you will be prioritised for admission.
  • If you have taken a Norwegian language course at NTNU before, you will be ranked according to your grade from a previous course. 

External applicants

  • You are ranked according to the number of credits you have documented from higher education. Only that which is equivalent to higher education in Norway will be included. 
  • Applicants who have not previously taken the level will be given priority.

Exceptions

  • Short course: Students with a period of stay up to 5 months are prioritised. 
  • Level 4: All applicants will be ranked according to their grade for the level 3 course or an equivalent. 

Information about ranking is also available in the admission regulations.

Course fee

Employees/partners of permanent employees

The course fee is to be paid by your department. This fee is 4000 NOK for each level (level 1, 2, 3) and 2000 NOK for the short course. Please note that you yourself have to pay the semester fee in addition to this. 

You cannot receive admission if your department is not willing to cover the course fee for you. If you are a partner of a permanent employee and your partner's department will not cover the course fee for you, you can compete for admission as an external applicant. 

Semester fee

All applicants, except exchange students, must pay the semester fee.

Important dates

Important dates

Spring semester 2022

  • You can start applying from 1 October.
  • 1 November: Application deadline
  • Middle of November: Placement test
  • 1 December: Documentation deadline
  • Beginning of January: Admission results are published

Autumn semester 2022

  • You can start applying from 1 May.
  • 1 June: Application deadline
  • Middle of June: Placement test
  • 1 July: Documentation deadline
  • Beginning of August: Admission results are published

 

Contact Admissions Office

Contact Admissions Office

Email: opptak@ntnu.no

Telephone:
Monday to Friday
09:00 to 11:30 (Norwegian time)

Trondheim: +47 73 59 77 00
Gjøvik: +47 61 13 54 00
Ålesund: +47 70 16 12 00