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Tuition in Norwegian

If you have been granted family immigration with a spouse, registered partner or cohabitant who is Norwegian or a Nordic national, or a person who has a permanent residence permit here, you have both a right and an obligation to take 600 hours of tuition in Norwegian and social studies. Some applicants who have family in Norway can choose between applying for a family immigration permit or for a residence card for family members of EU/EEA citizens. You must apply for a family immigration permit, not a residence card, to be entitled to free tuition in Norwegian. You can be given up to 3,000 hours of tuition if you need it.

The obligation you have is that you must have completed the mandatory tuition prescribed in the Introduction Act if you later wish to apply for a permanent residence permit in Norway or for Norwegian citizenship. The right you have is that you are entitled to this tuition free of charge during the first three years you live in Norway.

Only persons in the age group 16–67 have a right and obligation to participate in Norwegian language tuition.

From 1 January 2017, new conditions apply for permanent residence permits. Applicants must document that they have minimum A1 skills in spoken Norwegian, have passed the test in social studies in a language they understand, and have completed tuition in Norwegian and social studies. The requirements apply to all applicants between the ages of 16 and 67.


You can apply for exemption from the obligation if:

  • You can document that you have adequate knowledge of Norwegian or Sami
  • There are special health grounds or other weighty reasons

The provision of tuition pursuant to the Introduction Act is the municipalities' responsibility. If you would like more information about rights and obligations in relation to tuition in Norwegian, contact the municipality where you live.

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