Language Requirements

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Norwegian Language Requirements for International Students

Applicants to the 1st Module of all Bachelor programmes and other programmes where the language of instruction is Norwegian, must demonstrate sufficient proficiency in the Norwegian language. This will be tested by interview during the audition.

An approximate level of B1 according to the European language levels (CEFR) is expected. The Norwegian language test level B1 or higher is also valid proof of proficiency in Norwegian for these programmes. Please see exceptions listed below.

Special requirements for Music Education and Music Therapy programmes

Applicants to the following programmes must demonstrate Norwegian language proficiency:

  • Bachelor of Music in Music Education
  • Master of Education in Music
  • Master of Music Therapy
  • Practical Pedagogical Education (continuing study)
  • Music and Health (continuing study)

The Norwegian language requirement can be met by using one of the following methods:

  • Norwegian (as a second language) in upper secondary school, 3rd year with the mark 2 or better
  • Test of Norwegian Language (Bergenstesten) – Advanced Level with a score of minimum 450 points or the mark “Bestått”
  • Certificate of completion of Level 3 in Norwegian Language Programme for Foreign Students at one of the Norwegian universities
  • One-year programme in Norwegian Language and Civilization for Foreign Students

Scandinavian applicants whose primary language is Swedish or Danish are exempt from the Norwegian language proficiency documentation requirement, but are advised that instruction will be in Norwegian.

English Language Requirements for International Students

If your primary language is not English and you graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English, you must demonstrate your proficiency in the English language. All international students must meet the English requirements that apply to their country.

Read the information carefully. Secondary education from European countries with English as first foreign language is often accepted as proof of English proficiency. Check your own country in the GSU-list provided in the link.

You 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). DI Code: B387
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing Service), academic test with a minimum score of 5.0.
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic), academic test with a minimum score of 51. 
  • Cambridge ESOL Examinations:
    •  First Certificate in English
    • Certificate in Advanced English
    • Certificate of Proficiency in English

Test results must be uploaded before the application deadline expires.  

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.

Applicants from the Nordic countries are exempt from the English language proficiency documentation requirement.

Programmes Offered with Instruction in English

The 2nd module (3rd and 4th years) of the following programmes can be completed with instruction in English:

  • Bachelor of Music Performance - Classical; Improvised Music/Jazz
  • Bachelor of Music in Conducting
  • Bachelor of Music with Individual Specialisation

For more information about programme admission requirements, go to the applications and admissions pages.


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Last updated: 13. October 2016