New Immigrant in Norway

Tuition in the Norwegian language and social studies

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A right and an obligation to participate in tuition in the Norwegian language and social studies

Some immigrants have a right and an obligation to participate in free Norwegian language and social studies tuition. This applies to:

  • refugees
  • people granted residence on humanitarian grounds
  • people granted collective protection
  • family members reunited with persons in one of the above-mentioned groups
  • family members reunited with Norwegian or Nordic nationals
  • family members reunited with persons who have been granted a permanent residence permit
  • Only persons in the age group 16–67 have a right and an obligation to participate in Norwegian language tuition. This right means that the education is free, and the obligation means that these people must complete 600 hours of tuition in order to be granted permanent residence (or citizenship). Of these 600 hours, 50 hours shall consist of tuition in social studies in a language that the participants understand. It is also possible to be granted additional free Norwegian language tuition. Additional hours are allocated as needed, up to 3,000 hours in total.

    A right and an obligation to participate in Norwegian language and social studies tuition

    Some immigrants are not entitled to free tuition, but are obliged to complete 300 hours of tuition in the Norwegian language and social studies in order to qualify for a permanent residence permit. This applies to:

    • labour immigrants from outside the EEA/EFTA area
    • people who come to Norway as a result of family reunification with such persons

    Neither a right nor an obligation to participate in Norwegian language and social studies tuition

    Some groups are neither entitled nor obliged to participate in free Norwegian language tuition. This applies to:

    • students
    • au-pairs and other persons with temporary residence
    • Nordic nationals
    • persons who are resident pursuant to the EFTA/EEA rules

Facts

Norwegian language courses

Everyone who lives in Norway should be able to speak and understand Norwegian. In Norway, everyone is expected to participate in society, and most people will participate in the labour market and have to support themselves. Most municipalities offer Norwegian language courses, and there are several private course providers. Some immigrants get free Norwegian language courses paid for by the municipality, while others have to pay for such courses. This depends on which type of residence permit you have.