The Council of Europe has created a Common European Framework of Reference for Languages which is a common European framework for describing skills and competencies for each level. The foreign language proficiency scale has six levels.
When the departments at the University of Stavanger enter into Erasmus+ exchange agreements, the language proficiency level expected of students is stated. Normally, level B2 is required, but this may vary. Information about language requirements can be found in the description of the individual agreement.
To improve language proficiency among Erasmus+ students and to provide a tool that is used to test language proficiency, Online Linguistic Support (OLS) is used:
Online Linguistic Support (OLS) before travelling
Students whose working language or language of instruction during an Erasmus stay is Danish, Dutch, Czech, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish or Swedish must do an OLS language level test before travelling. Students who achieve a score that does not meet the language requirements agreed with the relevant partner will be offered an OLS language course in the relevant language.
The International Office gives out licences for OLS level tests and courses.
Language courses in the host country
For students who would like to refresh their foreign language skills, it is recommended that they consider doing a language course in the host country before the exchange.
Erasmus+ students receive a grant per day of the exchange programme. For students who would like to follow an introductory course in language and culture in the host country, the start date of the exchange programme can be the first day of the course.
There are no specific requirements for the length and scope of the course, but it must be relevant to the period of study/traineeship afterwards. The course can be done under the auspices of either the host educational institution or another course provider. It is up to the individual student to find out about such courses. Documentation must be submitted to the International Office.