Are you a foreign student who wishes to acquire the language skills and cultural background necessary to study at university or college level in Norway? Are you in Scandinavian Studies in your home country and want to go to Norway to study and practice your subject on the spot?

Then the study programme in Norwegian language and culture at Hedmark University College is something for you:

  • It is designed to give you a competence where practical language mastery is combined with an insight into the society and culture of present-day Norway
  • It takes place in Hamar, a medium-sized town centrally located in the south eastern part of Norway, only an hour by train from Oslo Airport Gardermoen

Duration, scope and level

Norwegian language and culture for foreign students is a full-time primary degree course which lasts for one year, the programme starts in August with Level 1. Each of the three levels is taught for about 9 weeks. Each week students have 12 hours of tuition, and student led seminars are added.


Aims, content and assessment

Level 1 (20 ETCS)

  • is aimed at foreign students with no prior knowledge of Norwegian
  • will provide students with general background and skills in Norwegian language and culture
  • will make students able to understand and speak Norwegian in day-to-day situations and about general topics, to read simple authentic texts in Norwegian and write simple texts themselves

Level 2 (20 ETCS)

  • will make students able to keep updated on relevant topics and events, both locally and nationally, based on their knowledge of Norwegian society and culture
  • will make students able to write about ordinary topics dealt with in the course
  • basic grammar knowledge will be improved
  • students will increase their vocabulary and learn idioms and varied ways of expressing themselves in different contexts.

Level 3 (20 ETCS)

  • will give students a good command of spoken and written Norwegian
  • will make students able to read and understand texts in Norwegian, including academic prose, and to write formal texts themselves
  • will provide students with an insight into Norwegian society both from a contemporary and a historical perspective and into Norwegian culture, including some history of Norwegian literature as well as modern literary work

Written assignments are to be handed in every week. An obligatory assignment is also required.
Each Level is completed with a written and an oral exam. In order to be permitted to do the exams, students must have attended at least 80% of the classes.


General entry requirements

All international applicants must meet the minimum requirements for admission to higher education in Norway set by the Norwegian agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT general recognition) . That includes English proficiency.


English language requirements

All non-native English speakers must provide official documentation of English language proficiency at the level of Norwegian upper secondary school/high school. Please see NOKUT .



Among the NOIS-applicants meeting  the academic requirements mentioned in  the GSU-list  , the following applicants will have priority:

Priority 1 A) Applicants residing in Norway on the basis of residence permit spanning for a longer period than the duration of the NOIS program. Applicants staying on student visa will not come into this category.
B) EU/EEA citizens.
Priority 2 Applicants from countries exempted from  entry-visa  , and without academic education equivalent to a Master's degree in Norway, see  GSU-list  .
Priority 3 Applicants not holding an equivalent to a Master's degree in Norway, see  GSU-list  , from these countries:
Bahrain, Belize, Bolivia, Botswana, Colombia, Dominica, Ecuador, Fiji, Indonesia, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Kazakhstan, China, Kiribati, Comoro Islands, Kuwait, Laos, Lesotho, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Salomon Islands, Saudi-Arabia, Surinam, Swaziland, South Africa, Thailand, Tonga, Tuvalu, Ukraine, Zambia.
Priority 4 Applicants from countries not included above (1-3), and without academic education equivalent to a Master's degree in Norway, see  GSU-list  .

This concerns NOIS-applicants only, and is due to  restrictions  from the  UDI   (The Norwegian Immigration Authorities) . Applicants holding Master's degrees with citizenships from outside the EU/EEA cannot expect their residence applications to be granted for NOIS and following studies, which is why they are not prioritized.

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