Study plan

Norwegian Language and Society, one year

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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 PO106S Norwegian politics and policy. 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

Learning Outcome

The students will learn about:

  • Political Science as a field of study and as a means of introducing them to political processes within Norway
  • Parliamentarism, including the structure and role of both parliament and the cabinet
  • Local governance and the three-tier political structure of Norway
  • The welfare state and key Norwegian Policies
  • Minority Politics and political agenda towards the Sami population
  • International Relations in line with how regional integration and cooperation

The student will:

  • Acquire knowledge on the basic structures of the Norwegian political arena
  • Learn about some policies that have implications for certain categories of the Norwegian population
  • Appreciate the similarities within the political organization of Norway and some other Nordic countries

The student will be in a position to:

  • Discuss the general patterns of Norwegian politics in relation to operational structures
  • Participate in general discussions on political processes in Norway
  • Speak to the influence of political policies on minority populations (e.g., Sami)

Appreciate the role of local governance in the Norwegian context.

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'

Career possibilities

Successful graduates will have the language skills and knowledge to find employment with Norwegian as the spoken language.

Further education

Completion of this programme qualifies graduates to apply for admission to study programmes taught in Norwegian language. It is recommended that students achieve a grade of B or higher in NO218L in order to undertake studies taught in Norwegian.

Study abroad

This one-year-program has no exchange possibilities


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".

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Assessment methods

The students at this program will be evaluated by individual written school examinations, individual home exams, assignments 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
Faculty of Social Sciences
Course location Bodø