Immigrant integration

Various measures have been introduced in order to achieve integration of immigrants into Norwegian society. One important measure is language training.

immigrant integration

The Introduction Act of 2003 states that refugees, persons granted humanitarian status and persons who have collective protection are to be offered a two-year introductory programme which includes Norwegian language training for newly arrived immigrants. This arrangement also applies to persons who immigrate to be reunited with their family members. 

National tests in Norwegian language and social studies

Information to adult immigrant test takers:

Norwegian language test

Test in social studies

Stakeholders

Who is responsible for what in the field of immigration?

Ministry of Education and Research

Ministry of Education and Research is responsible for primary and secondary school, upper secondary and tertiary vocational education and higher education sectors, kindergartens, cultural schools, vocational education and training and adult learning. The Ministry is also responsible for research and integration. The Ministry supervises Skills Norway and the Directorate of Integration and Diversity (IMDi).

The Ministry of Justice and Public Security (JD)

The Ministry of Justice and Public Security is responsible for the preservation and development of basic guarantees of the rule of law. The Ministry supervises the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI), and the Norwegian Immigration Appeals Board (UNE) through Acts, regulations, budgets and letters of allocation. View JD's website

The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI)

The UDI ensures regulated immigration through processing of applications for various types of residence and work permits, and ensure that refugees receive protection through the processing of asylum applications. The UDI also gives professional input as regards the development of policy and rules.
View UDI's website

The Directorate of Integration and Diversity (IMDi)

IMDi is responsible for immigrants who have been granted residence permits in Norway, and for other tasks in the field of integration and diversity, including implementing The Introduction Act and The Introductory Programme, and deciding about settlement of refugees. View IMDi's website

The obligations of the municipalities

Ministry of Education and Research and its directorates are responsible for the Norwegian immigration and integration policy. The municipality where the refugee/immigrant settles down has the obligation to provide language tuition within three months after settlement.

Skills Norway

In matters concerning immigrant integration, Skills Norway is knowledge provider for the Ministry Ministry of Education and Research and a partner for the Directorate of Integration and Diversity (IMDi).

Skills Norway is a competence centre and an advocate for the development of content and pedagogical approaches related to the teaching of Norwegian language and social studies to adult immigrants. This includes the responsibility for the implementation and further development of The national curriculum in Norwegian language and social studies for adult immigrants.

Skills Norway has the responsibility for the development and implementation of the final tests in Norwegian language and social studies for immigrants.

Further responsibilities of Skills Norway include developing and implementing continuing education courses for teachers and school management involved in Norwegian language and social studies training, accreditation of private providers of such tuition, and initiating the development of teaching methods and materials.

Skills Norway also carries out research and analyses in the field, for instance in relation to the national Norwegian language tests.

Laws and regulations

Introductory programme for newly arrived refugees

From September the 1st 2004 newly arrived refugees between 18 and 55 years of age have the right and obligation to full-time training in basic qualifications and Norwegian language tuition through an introductory programme. The refugees receive financial support whilst participating in the introductory programme.

Taking part in the programme is a statutory right and obligation, which applies to refugees, persons granted humanitarian status, persons who have collective protection and to those who immigrate to be reunited with family members in these categories.

Further information:

IMDI – The Introduction Scheme

Training in the Norwegian language and social studies

Right and/or obligation to Norwegian language tuition

Immigrants’ right and/or obligation to free Norwegian language tuition and social studies are determined by residence permit and age.

Immigrants who want to apply for residence permit and subsequently, for Norwegian citizenship, must complete 600/300 hours of tuition in Norwegian language and social studies depending on certain criteria. The training ends with final examinations.

50 of the 600/300 hours are set aside for social studies taught in a language the participant can understand. The municipality should provide tuition within three months of settlement. The 600/300 hours must be completed within three years.

It is possible to be exempted from the obligation if the immigrant can document sufficient knowledge of the Norwegian or Sami language.

Who gets free language tuition?

Newly arrived refugees, their family members and persons who have been granted family reunification with a Norwegian or Nordic citizen are given 600 hours tuition free of charge.

Immigrants who come from outside the EEA-/EFTA area with a work permit are obliged to take part in 300 hours of tuition, but they have no legal right to get the courses for free.

EU citizens, students and au-pairs have to pay for their tuition and for the Norwegian language test.

Additional training

Participants who need more than 600 hours of tuition can get up to 2 400 hours in addition to the initial 600. The municipalities have an obligation to offer additional training. The tuition must be completed within five years.

Read more on the web page of The Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion.

Read more on the web page of The Introduction Act.

Norwegian language tuition

Free Norwegian training programs online

LearnNow, Duolingo and CALST are training programs available for anyone who wants to learn Norwegian. Training centers can use the programs as part of, or in addition to, their Norwegian course.

LearnNow (Learn Norwegian on the Web)

LearnNoW uses text, sound and images to introduce the learner to the Norwegian language up to level A2. The program is available with English, Spanish and Polish as supporting languages. It includes vocabulary, grammar exercises, grammar checking, and interactive exercises.

The program is developed by NTNU with support from Vox.

Go to LearnNoW

CALST (Computer-Assisted Listening and Speaking Tutor)

CALST is a program for practicing pronunciation of approximately a thousand Norwegian words and phrases. It also includes writing exercises. It consists of two modules and is on level A2. CALST automatically picks exercises that are relevant to the user's native language.

The first module have exercises where an animated «talking head» shows how words should be pronounced. The user can choose from eight Norwegian dialects.

The second module contains exercises that distinguish between different speech sounds, such as the difference between <lys> and <lus>.

CALST is developed by NTNU with support from Norgesuniversitetet and Vox.

Go to CALST

Other free sites to practice online

Level A1:

På vei, cirka kap. 1-6

Lexin / Bildetema

Her bor vi 1

Ny i Norge

Level A1–A2:

På vei, cirka kap. 7

Her bor vi 2

Ny i Norge

Level A2–B1:

Stein på stein

Mer norsk

Level B1–B2:

Her på berget

No special level:

Jobb i sikte

Providers of Norwegian language tuition

In order to be granted permanent residency or citizenship, immigrants must meet specific language requirements. Norwegian tuition with a qualified provider can be used as documentation of the language requirements.

Approved providers of tuition are:

Municipal adult education centers or other parties, municipality has entered into an agreement with, such as education associations or private providers.

Approved providers - Norwegian and Social Studies
Aftenskolen Rogaland

Postboks 641 sentrum
Stavanger
Approved until 31.12.2019
Language 50 hours social studies: english

Aftenskolen Agder

Kongensgt 29
4610 Kristiansand
Approved until 31.12.2019
Language 50 hours social studies: english 

Alfaskolen As

Kongens gate 15
0153 Oslo
Approved from 18.01.2011 until 15.09.2016 and from 15.11.2016 until 15.11.2019
50 hours social studies: english og french

Allservice AS

Auglendsdalen 77
4017 Stavanger
Approved from 20.05.2015 until 19.05.2018
Language 50 hours social studies: english, german

Folkeuniversitetet Tromsø

Sjøgata 2
9253 Tromsø
Approved until 31.12.2019
Language 50 hours social studies: english og russian

Folkeuniversitet Nordland

Postboks 444
8001 Bodø
Approved until 31.12.2019
Language 50 hours social studies: english and russian

Folkeuniversitet Asker

Lensmannslia 30
1381 Asker
Approved until 31.12.2019
Language 50 hours social studies: english

Folkeuniversitet Vestlandet

Postboks 33, sentrum
5838 Bergen
Approved until 31.12.2019
Language 50 hours social studies: english and russian

Ikt – huset AS

Jerikoveien 26
1067 Oslo
Approved from 01.06.2017 until 01.06.2020
Language 50 hours social studies: english

International Language School AS

Rådhusgata 23
0158 OSLO
Approved from 21.05.2015 until 20.05.2018
Language 50 hours social studies: german, english, spanish, portugees, polish

Jocher Invest AS

Hegreveien 8
6514 Kristiansund S
Approved from 26.05.2015 until 25.05.2018
Language 50 hours social studies: swedish, danish, english

Kari Hennum

Folke Bernadottesv 32
0862 OSLO
Approved from 21.05.2014 until 15.05.2020
Language 50 hours social studies: english

Kurskollektivet

Storgata 32
8006 Bodø
Approved from 06.01.2016 until 06.01.2019
Language 50 hours social studies: english, spanish

Nordic House

Omveien 4
6510 Kristiansund
Approved from 01.02.2016 until 31.12.2019
Language 50 hours social studies: english, german, spanish

NoTe Norwegian Teaching AS

Gangstuveien 19
0952 OSLO
Approved from 23.11.2015 until 22.11.2018
Language 50 hours social studies: english

Stavanger Relocation

Trine Støle
Sleireveien 25
4317 SANDNES
Approved from 06.05.2011 until 01.02.2020
Language 50 hours social studies: english

Approved providers - Norwegian
Adoracion AS

Hovinveien 19
0576 OSLO
Approved from 28.02.2015 until 15.11.2020

As3 Employment Norge AS

Storgata 32
0184 Oslo
Approved from 15.09.2016 – 01.09.2019

Berlitz Languages Services

Akersgata 16
0158 Oslo
Approved from 07.06.2010 until 01.09.2019

BS KUTO

Putten 2
1727 Sarpsborg
Approved from 22.02.2016 until 31.12.2019

Folkeuniversitet Midt-Norge

Postboks 2116
7411 Trondheim
Approved until 31.12.2019

Folkeuniversitetet Øst

Rolf Wickstrømsvei 15
0402 Oslo
Approved until 31.12.2019

INTERA AS

Chr. Kroghsgate 2
0186 OSLO
Approved from 12.06.2013 until 10.06.2019

Jurate Lemante

Kalksteinveien 9 a
4027 Stavanger
Approved from 01.09.2017 – 01.09.2020

Language Power International AS

Dronningensgt 23
0154 Oslo
Approved from 20.06.2013 until 19.06.2016 and from 01.02.2017 until 01.02.2020

Lingu Stavanger As

Madlaveien 10
4008 Stavanger
Approved from 16.06.2014 until 01.02.2020

Netped AS

Nye Teglverksvei 9
4632 Kristiansand
Approved from 11.10 2016 until 15.05.2019

Norwegian Development Institute

Storgaten 8
3611 KONGSBERG
Approved from 04.02.2014 until 03.02.2017 and from 01.06.2017 – 01.09.2018

Suzanne Marti Suzalingua Språktjenester

Stensgata 36a
0358 Oslo
Approved from 01.06.2017 – 01.06.2020

 

Approved providers of web-based learning - Norwegian and Social studies
Campus Online

Kanalveien 51
5068 Bergen
Approved from 31.12.2019
Languages 50 hours social studies: English and russian

Lingu Norge AS

Madlaveien 10
4008 Stavanger
Approved from 16.06.2014 until 01.02.2020
Languages 50 hours social studies: English

NoTe Norwegian Teaching As

Gangstuveien 19
0952 OSLO
Approved from 01.02.2017 until 01.02.2020
Languages 50 hours social studies: English

Approved providers of web-based learning- Norwegian
Folkeuniversitet Midt-Norge

Postboks 2116
7411 Trondheim
Approved from 31.12.2019

Folkeuniversitetet Øst

Rolf Wickstrømsvei 15
0402 Oslo
Approved from 31.12.2019

Approved providers of web-based learning- Norwegian
Folkeuniversitet Midt-Norge

Postboks 2116
7411 Trondheim
Approved from 31.12.2019

Folkeuniversitetet Øst

Rolf Wickstrømsvei 15
0402 Oslo
Approved from 31.12.2019

Online Norwegian language tuition

There are both public and private providers of online Norwegian language tuition for adult immigrants.

Public providers:

Johannes Learning Centre in Stavanger and Nygård school in Bergen

Johannes Learning Centre in Stavanger and Nygård school in Bergen have been offering online tuition for many years. They have both collaborated with Vox to develop models for online tuition.

Johannes Learning Center provides courses with personal guidance to participants across the country, while Nygård school offers courses with personal guidance to participants in Bergen and the surrounding municipalities.

See Johannes Learning Center's website or send email to:
nett@johannesls.no

See Nygård school's website or send email to:
nygard.skole@bergen.kommune.no

Oslo VO Helsfyr

Oslo VO Helsfyr provides various types of online courses.
Participants can choose whether they will both go to school and learn online, or if they want to learn Norwegian online only. Participants receive personal guidance from a tutor. Oslo VO has been offering online tuition since 2009. Visit Oslo VO Helsfyr`s website.

Norwegian School at Larvik Learning Center

Norwegian School at Larvik Learning Center provides online course in Norwegian. New participants may start at the beginning of each month.
The course is based on individual work with guidance from your teacher.
Visit Norwegian School’s website.

Oslo Adult Education Center Rosenhof

Oslo Adult Education Center Rosenhof offers NorskPluss Akademi, an interactive online course in Norwegian. The course runs from beginners’ level A1, via A2 (Norwegian Test level 2) and up to B1 (Norwegian Test level 3). A personal tutor follows the student throughout the course. Read more about the course on Rosenhof’s webpages.

Private providers

Campusonline.no, which is an initiative from Fagbokforlaget, are approved by Vox as a provider of online tuition. They offer online courses with personal guidance to participants across the country.

Tools and resources