Study plan

Norwegian Language and Society (one year programme)

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Programme description

Studies in the autumn semester consist of two course units, one with a focus on basic language skills and grammar, the other an introduction to the Norwegian political system.

In the spring semester, students are introduced to advanced Norwegian language training, with a focus on vocabulary and literature. Social studies in this semester focus on the Norwegian welfare state and the Norwegian community.

Students who achieve a grade of A or B in the first language unit (Norwegian Language and Grammar), are encouraged to take a society studies course taught in Norwegian in their second semester. PO111S Norwegian Political institutions. Such students are not required to complete SO122S Development Theories. Please contact student advisor Synnøve Dalmo Tollåli, email: 

Students must pass NO135L Norwegian Language and Grammar, 20 credits, in order to proceed onto the course NO218L Norwegian Language and Culture, 10 credits.

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Learning outcomes


Upon completion, students should have knowledge of:

  • Norwegian grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, literature
  • The Norwegian political system, both locally and centrally
  • The values and principles that characterize the contemporary Norwegian political system
  • Basic sociological theories of social and human interaction.


Upon completion, students should be able to:

  • Communicate effectively in Norwegian (bokmål), both orally and writing
  • Analyze political processes
  • Participate in political decision-making
  • Perform elementary analysis of the importance of culture for human interaction, and analyze social relationship and problems
  • Reflect upon global and Nordic regional development in the 20th century.

General competence

Upon completion, student should have:

  • Competency in the Norwegian language, written and oral
  • Understanding of how the Norwegian political system works
  • Understanding of problem-oriented causal explanations and be able to use analysis and conduct reflective assessments.

Admission requirements

Higher Education Entrance Qualification 

Language requirement 

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Most applicants from outside EU and applicants who does not have a Norwegian citizenship, residence permit or have a renewable residence permit in Norway, will not get a (student) residence permit based on the one-year programme 'Norwegian Language and Society'

Further education

Students completing Norwegian Language and Society successfully meet the requirements for proficiency in Norwegian Language for admission to higher education in Norway, according to the Regulations for admission to higher education,

Students passing their exam in NO218L with a minimum grade of B possess the knowledge and skills in Norwegian at the recommended level in order to continue their studies at higher education level with Norwegian as the language of instruction.

For students who are not using this program to meet the admission requirements for entry in an Norwegian bachleor's programme, courses from this program can be recognized as a part of a bachelor's degree, if approved by the institution giving the degree.

If this one-year-program is a part of the admission requirement for a Norwegian bachelor's program, it cannot be recognized as a part of this degree. 


No specific costs other than semester registration fee and course literature.

Specific arrangements for recognition of prior learning

If the applicant does not fulfill the requirements for the Higher Education Entrance Qualification but has experience-based competence relevent to the field of study, he or she may apply for recognition of this competence in order to fulfill the admission requirements.


General arrangements for recognition of prior learning

Examination regulations, assessment and grading

The Norwegian system for grading and assessment using the letter grades A - F, in which A denotes the best/highest grade and F denotes "not passed". Work can also be assessed as "passed", "not passed", "approved" and "not approved".

Refer to applicable legislation, rules and regulations

Assessment methods

Individual written school examinations and individual oral examinations

Graduation requirements

The programme has no final examination, but all 65compulsory subjects must be passed in order to complete the programme.

Programme evaluation

The study programme is evaluated annually via student questionnaire and by the programme director. These evaluations form a part of the university's quality assurance system.

Qualifications requirements and regulations

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ECTS Credits 60 Study level One year programme Teaching language English Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences Course location Bodø