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One year programme

Norwegian Language and Society


Norwegian Language and Society covers topics from the welfare state to Norway's literary traditions. Students develop both language skills as well as understanding of the cultural, political and historical contexts.

The Norwegian Language and Society programme will not be offered in the academic year of 2024/2025

Programme description


Norwegian Language and Society covers topics from the welfare state to Norway's literary traditions. Students develop both language skills as well as understanding of the cultural, political and historical contexts which have shaped modern Norwegian society and Norwegian language.

Career opportunities

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

Student exchange

This one-year-programme has no exchange possibilities.

Following further studies

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

Students who successfully complete the one-year study programme Norwegian Language and Society fulfil the requirements for skills in Norwegian language for admission to higher education in Norway, according to the regulations for admission to higher education, § 2-2.

Students who receive a grade B or better in their exam in Norwegian Language and Culture (NO218L, 10 ECTS), have knowledge and skills in the Norwegian language at the recommended level for continuing their education on bachelor's or master's level in Norwegian-taught programmes.

For students who do not use this programme to fulfil the admission requirements for a Norwegian-taught bachelor's programme, courses from this programme can be recognized as part of a bachelor's degree, if approved by the institution that grants the degree.

If this one-year study programme is part of the admission requirements for a Norwegian bachelor's programme, it cannot be used as part of this bachelor's degree.

Admission to the programme is open for exchange students, other international students and foreigners living in Norway. 
Admission takes place on the basis of the Norwegian Higher Education Entrance Qualification, or a corresponding qualification from the applicant's home country. If applicants do not have English as their first language, proof of knowledge of the English language (for example TOEFL) must be provided. 

Please note: Most applicants from outside the EU and applicants who do not have any other form of residence permit in Norway, will not get a residence permit for studies (study permit) based on the one-year programme 'Norwegian Language and Society' alone.

View language requirements and admission requirements for higher education in Norway for international applicants: 

View general admission information 

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Please direct any questions regarding admission to Nord University´s admissions office at

The study does not provide a basis for grants or loans from Lånekassen.


The student has knowledge of:

  • Norwegian grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary and culture
  • the Norwegian political system, both locally and centrally
  • social institutions and key characteristics of Norwegian culture and society
  • the economic, demographic, social and political history of Norway


The student is able to

  • communicate effectively in Norwegian (bokmål), both orally and in writing
  • critically analyse, explain and discuss key historical developments, political processes and social institutions in the Norwegian context
  • reflect upon and discuss the development of the Norwegian welfare state
  • apply basic sociological perspectives in understanding culture, society and social institutions

General competence

The student has: 

  • competency in the Norwegian language, both orally and in writing 
  • basic understanding of how to examine culture, society and political institutions through scientific approaches
  • awareness of past and current political dilemmas and societal issues in Norway