Language course

Language courses for studying abroad

You may be eligible for grants and/or loans for preparatory language before studies abroad.

Who may be eligible for support for language courses?

You may be eligible for support for language courses both if you will be undertaking your entire studies abroad and in connection with exchange stays.

You can only receive support if the language course is intended to prepare you for studies abroad that you have already started or are planning to undertake. 

Short and long language courses

Lånekassen can provide support for both short and long language courses. However, different rules apply to the short and long language courses.

You cannot receive support for short and long language courses at the same time.

Language grant
NOK 22,164

Short language courses

If you will be studying abroad and the teaching language is not English, Danish or Swedish, you may be eligible for a language grant for a preparatory language course.

Full degrees and exchange programmes

You may be eligible for a grant for short language courses whether you are undertaking your entire programme of education abroad or whether you are going on an exchange programme.

Requirements for short language courses

The course duration must be a minimum of four weeks, with 15 hours of teaching per week. It is not a requirement for the language course to have a continuous duration. Language grants may be given for language course combinations with a combined duration of at least four weeks.

As a general rule, you will need to take the course in the country where you will be studying, which has to be a country outside of Scandinavia.

You must have been admitted to a main programme of education that entitles you to support from Lånekassen. The course must be taught in a language other than English. We may approve parts of the programme of education being taught in English.

The language course must be taken in addition to the credits you are otherwise planning to take in order for you to be eligible for a language grant.

You cannot normally receive grants for language courses in the same language more than once

No separate application

You should apply for a language grant at the same time that you apply for ordinary support.

Basic support
NOK 11,229
per month

Longer language courses

If you will be studying in a non-englishspeaking country outside of Scandinavia , you may be eligible for support for up to two semesters in order to take a preparatory language course.

You may be eligible for the same support as other students abroad to take a longer language course.

Basic support

All students can receive basic support, which is what most people call a student loan. Basic support is a loan, not a grant, but up to 40 per cent of this may be converted to a grant if you complete your programme of education and have income and assets below the set limits.

Other support

You may also be entitled to support for travel and for tuition fees, if you have to pay them

Requirements for longer language courses

The course duration must be a minimum of three months, with 15 hours of teaching per week.

The course must take place at a university or an accredited language school.

Courses at language schools must conclude with an official language exam that forms the basis for admission to university and university college education in the country in question.

You must be planning to study in the country in question

You do not need to have been admitted to a further programme of education in order to apply for support for the language course, but you must be planning to attend university and university college education in that country. The course you are planning to study for must be eligible for support from Lånekassen.

If there are no approved language courses in the country where you are planning to study after the language course, you will be able to take the language course in another country where the language is an official language.

Conversion

Up to 40 per cent of basic support may be converted to a grant if you pass the language course. In order for us to convert the basic support to a grant, you will need to submit a copy of the course certificate (confirmation of passing the examination)

Go to application

Approved examination in various countries

In Germany, you can take a language course at the Goethe Institut or government-approved language schools.

You must complete your training with one of the following language tests:

  • Goethe-Zertifikat
  • DSH (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang)
  • TestDaF (Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache)
  • Telc (The European Language Certificates)

In France, you can take a language course at Alliance française or other DELF or DALF examination centres approved by CIEP (Centre international d`etudes pédagogiques) or FLE (Français langue étrangère).

You must complete your training with one of the following language tests:

  • DELF (Diplôme d`etudes en langue française)
  • DALF (Diplôme approfondi de langue française)
  • TCF (Test de connaissance du français)

In Spain, the language school must be approved by Instituto Cervantes.

You must complete your training with one of the following language tests:

  • DELE (Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extranjera)
  • Selectividad  

You need to attend a government-approved language school or accredited examination centre.

You must complete your training with one of the following language tests:

  • CILS (Certificaziones di Italiano come Lingua Straniera)
  • CELI Conoscenza della Lingua Italiana)
  • PLIDA (Progetto Lingua Italiana Dante Alighieri)