The One Year Norwegian Language & Social Studies Program (OYP) is a full-time course designed for those who are interested in a comprehensive study of Norwegian from "A til Å" (from A to Z).


About the One Year Program

The program consists in total of 700 lesson hours and offers a combination of classroom-based, online study and self study lesson hours. The program includes the Norwegian language levels A1-A2, B1, and B2. You will also have study blocks consisting of Norwegian grammar and written assignments.

You will study in small groups from 8 to 16 students. You will experience an intensive and pleasant atmosphere to learn Norwegian with maximum results. The study plan is built on the basis of "Læreplan i norsk og samfunnsfag for voksne innvandrere", the official curriculum for teaching the Norwegian language as a foreign language and social studies for adult immigrants program developed by Kompetanse Norge.

After completing the program, you will be at level B2 based on the language levels described in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). If you have attended all sessions and completed all assignments, you should be ready to take the Bergenstest exam ("test i norsk - høyere nivå''). This test will document your competence in the Norwegian language. You can continue on to C1-1 level after completing the One Year Program.

Completing the Program - OYP 700 hours

You will need to complete a combination of classroom-based and online study lesson hours and written assignments.

The classroom-based sessions are held from Monday to Thursday from 9:00 to 13:10 and have the following format: 

 Format of classroom-based sessions:

 Session 1


 Practical Norwegian:
  • conversation
  • self-study
  • project work
  • language lab


 Session 2

 Session 3

You will progressively build up your knowledge of Norwegian by working regularly with different texts, applying new vocabulary in everyday conversation, and working with grammatical structures. During this intensive program, your ability to communicate will improve after each hour.

The One Year Program gives you the possibility to practice the Norwegian language and encourages you to use the language outside of Alfaskolen. Through this immersive study schedule, you will notice that your ability to communicate and understand your surroundings improves with every session.

In Practical Norwegian, you will work with vocabulary and grammar, as well as pronunciation and listening skills, in small groups. The focus of the session will vary from day to day.

Course Materials

The use of books and other learning resources on levels A1-A2, B1, B2 and grammar is obligatory. The cost of books is NOT included in the course price. You can buy the required books at our school, in Norwegian bookstores or online. For the grammar study blocks, materials are included in the price and are prepared by the teacher.

For a detailed curriculum, click here.

Sign-up requirements:

To apply for the One-Year Program at Alfaskolen AS you must fulfill the following:

  • Minimum age of 18 years.
  • Be familiar with the Latin alphabet (a,b,c, etc).
  • Completed or are in the process of completing secondary school education.

Participation in our courses does not require advanced knowledge of the English language. You do not need to present certificates of passed exams in English such as TOEFL and IELTS.

Classes are taught in Norwegian.


At the end of the OYP, if you have completed more than 90% of the lesson hours (classroom and online) and paid the course fee, you will receive an official certificate. Each lesson hour will be documented and the total number of lesson hours you completed will be included on the certificate.

Course start

The 2019/2020 OYP starts on 02.09.2019 and ends on 19.07.2020.

Course price

NOK 64 750,-