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Norwegian Language and Culture for International Students, Level 3

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

Norwegian Language and Culture is a full-time study programme for students for whom Norwegian is not their first language and who will study in Norway. The subject is the second in an upper secondary school course in Norwegian language, culture, literature and society and further builds on knowledge and skills acquired from HNO220 (B1). The programme requires fulltime study and is difficult to combine with other study programmes or work. Successful completion of the HNO230 exam qualifies the student for enrolment in study programmes at universities and university colleges in Norway (level 3/B-2 level). HN0230 is offered as an individual course in the autumn, and in the spring the course is offered as part 2 of the one-year programme.

The objective of this course is to expand knowledge and skills relating to Norwegian language and culture, both receptively and productively, with a high level of precision in general and academic situations.

Learning outcome


Upon completion of the study programme, the students will have:

  • expanded their knowledge of Norwegian morphology and syntax,
  • expanded their listening comprehension and pronunciation skills,
  • a functional vocabulary that makes it possible to understand varied and authentic texts,
  • knowledge of text structure and knowledge of different oral and written texts,
  • experience with the production of written and oral texts at a relatively high level,

In terms of social studies, students will gain knowledge on:
  • the information society, media and source criticism,
  • religion and important aspects of Norwegian history,
  • important aspects of Norwegian language history and the present language situation,
  • politics and society with law and justice (equality),
  • Norway in the world

In terms of literature, students shall gain knowledge on:
  • a selection of fictional texts,
  • the societal context of the texts.

Skills (listening, reading, speaking and writing)

The students will:
  • be able to use a varied and nuanced vocabulary and have good grammatical structure,
  • be able to express and provide grounds for their viewpoints in understandable Norwegian,
  • be able to express themselves argumentatively, both in writing and orally,
  • be able to present material from the curriculum,
  • be able to read, understand and critically discuss authentic non-fiction texts,
  • be able to read, talk about and discuss literary texts,
  • be able to discuss social science issues,
  • be able to understand lectures on known topics,
  • be able to retrieve information from unknown authentic texts,
  • be able to write different texts with good structure and a high level of grammatical precision.

General proficiency

The student will:
  • be able to plan and complete varied work tasks and projects, both individually and in groups,
  • be able to disseminate important subject matter both in writing and orally,
  • be able to discuss and exchange views relating to subject matter and experiences,
  • be able to understand some frameworks of cultural reference relating to study, work and life in Norway,
  • be able to effectively and critically use ICT tools.

Required prerequisite knowledge

The student must have passed the B-1 exam (Norwegian exam, level 2, HNO200, HNO220 or the equivalent).


One written and an oral exam
Weight Duration Marks Aid
One written exam3/56 hoursA - FNorwegian-Norwegian dictionary.
An oral exam2/530 minutesA - F
One written and one oral exam. Both parts of the exam have to be passed in order to be awarded an overall grade for the course.

Coursework requirements

Obligatoriske øvinger
Compulsory exercises

Compulsory attendance at the course (75%) and compulsory submission of five written texts.

The students are obligated to comply with the written submission deadlines. Failure to submit work will mean that the students will not be able to sit the exam.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Unni Puntervold Pereira
Course teacher
Wenche Elisabeth Thomassen , Ann Elisabeth Laksfoss Cardozo
Programme coordinator
Karen Marie Espeland

Method of work

All teaching takes place in Norwegian. The students will receive guidance and feedback regarding the texts during the study programme. The teaching combines classroom teaching, lectures, group teaching, use of ICT and language laboratory. Work in colloquiums to improve the development of oral and written skills is compulsory. Individual guidance can also be provided when necessary and there is an individual development discussion with the subject teacher each semester.

Open to

Norwegian language and culture for international students

Course assessment

Evaluations constitute a key part of the quality management system at UiS. The system at the Department of Cultural Studies and Languages includes student evaluation of the teaching in the form of final evaluation of a minimum of two courses per subject during a teaching year. Individual discussions are conducted each semester and there is an evaluation at the end of the semester.


Textbooks and workbooks in Norwegian as a second language - level 3 (B-2 level).
(For example, Ellingsen, E. and Mac Donald, K. (2016): Her på berget, Cappelen Damm, Oslo.
Nilsen, G.K. (2016): Klart det! Fagbokforlaget, Bergen)
A Norwegian-Norwegian dictionary
A novel
Selected short stories
Selected authentic texts will be discussed during the semester.

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

Sist oppdatert: 27.05.2020