Proof of Norwegian Proficiency

The information on this page is intended for the following applicants:
  • You intend to apply for Norwegian-taught study programmes.
  • You intend to apply  for English-taught programmes within the deadline 15 April.
  • You intend to apply for English-taught Singular Courses (Enkeltemner).

Proficiency in Norwegian language can be proved through any of the following methods:

NB! This category of applicants are considered ORDINARY/LOCAL applicants in our system of admission. The applications for admission will be handled by the Local Admission Office (Opptakskontor) and NOT the International office.



Applicants from the other Nordic countries with qualifications granting general admission to higher education in their home country, and who have studied their native language at the most advanced level at upper secondary school are not required to take a Norwegian language proficiency test.

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

  • Norwegian test for adult immigrants from VOX with result B2 in all four parts.

  • Test of Norwegian - advanced level, written test, with a minimum score of "pass" ("bestått") or 450 points ("Test i norsk, høyere nivå",  skriftlig), also called "Bergenstesten"

  • Norwegian for International Students, Level 3: exam for international students at Norwegian universities ("Trinn3")
  • Completed one-year programme (60 ECTS) in Norwegian language and soial science for foreign students, at a Norwegian university or university college.

B- If you are required to complete one year or two years of higher education in order to satisfy the Higher Education Entrance Qualification (GSU), there is only one way for you to meet the Norwegian language requirement:

  • Norwegian (393 hrs, third-year level Vg3-level) from Norwegian upper secondary school: Norwegian (exam) or Norwegian as a second language (exam).
  • The Norwegian language requirement can also be satisfied if you have completed a 9- or 10-year primary and lower secondary school education in Norwegian or another Nordic language as the language of instruction. This must be documented with the corresponding school diploma and in addition with a confirmation stating that you attended each grade of the Norwegian or Nordic language primary and lower secondary school education.

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