Learning Norwegian

Whether you've moved to Norway recently or some time back, it's never too late to learn Norwegian. Here's a selection of courses to suit your needs. 

I do not speak/speak a little Norwegian but I’d like to learn (more) - A1-B1 courses

Welcome Hub Agder (in collaboration with The Arendal Adult Learning Center)

Courses from A1-B1 levels

The Arendal Adult Learning Center (Arendal Voksenoplæring)

Courses from A1-B2 levels:


  • Address: Myreneveien 30, 4847 Arendal
  • Email: kundesenter@folkeuniversitetet.no


Folkeuniversitetet language courses

My goal is to reach B2 level  -Academic Norwegian B2

Course: Academic Norwegian B2

The Academic Norwegian B2 course is aimed at highly educated immigrants who would like to take their Norwegian proficiency to a B2 level quickly.

The course has 18 hours of teaching per week during the day on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. There are opportunities to get an internship, work or have self-study on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

In order to qualify for the course, one must:

  • have started a minimum of 1 year of higher education at their home country
  • be able to demonstrate rapid progression
  • have B2 as a target
  • have a minimum of A2+ in all skills* by August 2023
  • be able to work independently and follow up on homework and self-study

There are two start dates to choose from - December 2023 and May 2024.

If you have any questions about the course, contact:

Annette Kirkedam
The Arendal Adult Learning Center - Arendal Voksenoplæring (AVO)
Address: Kystveien 2, 4841 Arendal
Email: Annette.Sissener.Kirkedam@arendal.kommune.no

*reading comprehension, listening comprehension, writing and oral communication 

I am keen to learn Norwegian but I have a rather busy schedule and need a course that is flexible - online courses

The Arendal Adult Learning Center - Arendal Voksenoplæring (AVO)

Online course:


Online course:


I am not sure what all the different levels mean. How do I gauge what level I'm at?

There are four levels that are used to determine your level of proficiency in the Norwegian language, starting from A1 (the lowest level) to B2. You may also wish to further your study of the language to C1 (higher academic) level.

Currently, you are required to have a minimum B2 level for admission to higher education. This means securing a B2 in all four skills - reading comprehension, listening comprehension, writing, and oral communication. 

What each level means


You can understand and use familiar, everyday words and expressions. You can participate in a conversation easily if you're spoken to slowly and clearly.


You can participate in simple conversations about common and practical activities that are familiar to you. You can read and understand short, simple texts related to your work. You can write short and simple messages about experiences and events using simple phrases and sentences.


You can understand the main points in a passage and talk about familiar topics that you often encounter at work, school and leisure. You can manage in most situations and can write simple texts on familiar topics and briefly explain and justify opinions and plans.


You can understand the main content of complex or academic texts, professional discussions within your own subject area and can participate in conversations spontaneously and fluently. You can write clear, detailed and argumentative texts on a wide range of topics.

Test yourself

Take a test online to gauge your level of proficiency in Norwegian. 

Last modified 19 December 2023
Welcome Hub Agder is a programme operated by Inklusiv Agder AS in collaboration with the Arendal Municipality, as an integrated part of the community to welcome international talent and their families to Arendal and Agder.
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