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Norwegian and English language requirements

All applicants for undergraduate programmes taught in Norwegian at universities and university colleges in Norway, apply through the Norwegian Universities and Colleges Admission Service (NUCAS) and must meet Norwegian and English language requirements.

How do you meet the Norwegian language requirement?

The Norwegian language requirement can be met in different ways, depending on your educational background.

A

If the Norwegian language requirement is the only entry requirement left for you to meet in order to qualify for admission, you can choose one of the following tests:

  • Norwegian (393 hours, third-year level) from Norwegian upper secondary school: Norwegian (exam) or Norwegian as a second language (exam).

  • Test in Norwegian – advanced level, written test, (Test i norsk – høyere nivå, skriftlig) with a minimum score of “pass” (bestått) or 450 points if you took the test before 2009

  • Norwegian for International Students, Level 3: examination for international students at Norwegian universities (Trinn 3)

  • A minimum of 60 Norwegian university credits/ECTS in Norwegian language and social science for international students.

  • Norwegian Language test for adult immigrants from Kompetanse Norge/Vox with the result B2 in all the 4 diciplines.

You meet the Norwegian language requirement if you have attended 9 or 10 years of primary and lower secondary school where the language of instruction was Norwegian, and hold a Norwegian Leaving Certificate for lower secondary education.

B

If you are required to complete a year of higher education in order to qualify for admission, there is only one way for you to meet the Norwegian language requirement:

  • Norwegian (393 hrs, third-year level) from Norwegian upper secondary school: Norwegian (exam) or Norwegian as a second language (exam).

How do you meet the English language requirement?

A

All applicants can meet the English language requirement by completing one of the following tests:

  • English (140 hours) from Norwegian upper secondary school: written and oral exam.

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 500 points from TOEFL PBT (paper-based test) or 60 points from TOEFL iBT (internet-based test).

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing Service), academic test with a minimum score of 5.0.

  • Cambridge ESOL Examinations:
    - First Certificate in English
    - Certificate in Advanced English
    - Certificate of Proficiency in English

  • Pearson PTE Academic with a minimum score of 51

  • The European language certificate - telc:
    - telc English B2
    - telc English B2-C1 University
    - all telc certificates at C1-level

B

You can also meet the English language requirement if you have

  • completed a university degree in English language and literature.
  • completed a minimum of one year of university studies taught in English in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Great Britain or the USA.

  • completed an English language Masters' degree

How do you document the requirements in Norwegian and English

Norwegian

Norwegian from Norwegian upper secondary school

You must document Norwegian from upper secondary school (393 hours) with kompetansebevis.

Test in Norwegian- advanced level, written test

You must document the test with certificate from Norsk språktest

Norwegian for International Students, Level 3

You must document the result with transcript from the university or university college

60 credits (ECTS) in Norwegian language and social science for international students

You must document the result with transcript from the university or university college

Norwegian Language test for adult immigrants with the result B2 in all the 4 diciplines 

You must document the result with prøvebevis with the result B2 on all four disciplines

If you have an hearing impairment you can replace the  two disciplines "lytteforståelse" and" muntlig prøve" with a specific test in tegnspråk og kommunikasjonsprøve i norsk tegnspråk. Avlesningsprøven godkjennes på B1-nivå, men kommunikasjonsprøven må være på B2-nivå.

Norwegian language primary and lower secondary school

You must document that you attended primary school with a confirmation from your school that you were a student all 7 years. You must document lower secondary school (ungdomstrinnet) with Norwegian Leaving Certificate 

English

English from Norwegian upper secondary school 

You must document English from upper secondary school (140 hours) with kompetansebevis

TOEFL

You must give your case handler permission to view  you score report online by giving ETS Samordna opptak's DI code which is 5166. If you have another case handler than Samordna opptak, you must provide this instituion's DI code. 

IELTS

You must document IELTS with Test Report Form. 

Cambridge ESOL Examinations

You must submit your Candidate ID-number and Candidate Secret Number to your case handler for verification purposes.

Pearsons PTE Academic

You must inform the test centre which institutions that will handle your application.

telc

You must document telc with a certificate

University degree in English language or English literature 

You must document a degree with diploma and transcript of grades from your university 

One year university studies in an English speaking country

You must document your studies with transcript of grades from your university. You must have passed a minimum of 60 credits (ECTS) in an Englsih speaking country

English language Master's degree

You must document your degree with diploma and transcript of grades from your university. The language of instruction must be English and it must be mentioned in the documents. 

Published Feb. 20, 2015 12:04 PM - Last modified Sep. 29, 2017 10:23 AM