Norwegian For Foreigners

Norwegian For Foreigners

Information about the courses and levels is available on the web page of the Department of Language and Literature:




You have to upload the documents listed below. If you have applied and uploaded documents previously, please check My documents on Søknadsweb. If nothing has changed since your last application, and your application was complete, you do not have to upload anything. However, applicants who need to document a statement from the Department or a valid residence permit in order to qualify, have to upload this for every time they apply.

Diploma and transcript of records have to be in the original language. If your original documentation is not in English or a Scandinavian language you also have to upload an official translation. Both sides of two sided documents must be uploaded. If you have more than one degree you have to upload all of them in order to get credit for it (ie. both Bachelors and Masters degree if you have a Masters degree/ PhD). The following documents are required:

If you are an international master's - or exchage student at NTNU, you do not have to upload any documents.

For administrative and academic staff (including PhD candidates and Postdoctoral  Fellows) at NTNU:
1. Work contract at NTNU
2. A statement from your Department guaranteeing they will pay the course fee
For spouses of academic staff with a permanent position at NTNU:
1. High school and university education
2. Your spouse's contract of employment at NTNU
3. Marriage certificate
4. A statement from your spouse's Department guaranteeing that they will pay
5. Valid residence permit

6. Documentation of fulfilled English language requirements

For applicants without NTNU affiliation:

1. A valid residence permit
2. High school and university education (transcripts and Diploma from Bachelor and Master if you have both)
3. Norwegian course documents (for courses not taken at NTNU)

4. Documentation of fulfilled English language requirements


If you apply for level 2 and 3 and have documentation of your Norwegian language skills (from courses not taken at NTNU) you should upload this.
Applicants not holding a Norwegian personal ID number have to submit a copy of their passport. When you have received your Norwegian personal ID number please notify Student Services:

Directly from your institution
From some countries we require that original documentation is sent directly from your institution to NTNU. See a complete list of countries here. If your education is from one of the listed countries you have to contact your institution as soon as possible and request that your diploma and transcript of records are sent directly to the admissions office at NTNU. 

Residence permit
One of the requirements for the Norwegian for Foreigners course is that you have a residence permit in Norway (valid for the duration of the course). If you have applied for a renewal of your permit, but have not received it around the end of July/December, you need to upload a statement from the police/UDI showing that your application is still being processed. 

Insufficient documentation
We send notifications to the e-mail address you have registered on Søknadsweb. It is therefore important that you make sure your e-mail address is correct, and that you check your e-mail regularly. The Admissions Office will notify you if more documentation is required. The deadline for uploading missing documentation is 1 July for autumn semester, and 1 December for spring semester. 

Document verification
NTNU will carry out verification of uploaded documents, and original documents must be submitted if requested. Applicants who are unable to submit this documentation will lose the right to study.