Foreign nationals between 16 and 55 years of age who have a residence permit that forms the basis for a permanent residence permit in Norway, will have the right and obligation to participate in Norwegian language training and social studies. A minimum of 600 hours of Norwegian language training and social studies will be given free of charge within the first three years.

Work immigrants and their family members are not covered by the right to free Norwegian language training and social studies, but have the obligation to complete a total of 300 hours of tuition.

Foreign nationals have to complete their mandatory tuition, to be granted permanent residence permits or become Norwegian citizens.

If you hold a residence permit pursuant to the EEA regulations or if you are a national of one of the Nordic countries, tuition in the Norwegian language is not mandatory. The tuition is not free.

Contact your municipality

Norwegian municipalities provide information about immigrants' rights and obligation to participate in Norwegian and social studies tuition. Your request should be addressed to the municipality where you live, or to the municipality where you plan to move.

There are also many online courses available. Contact your municipality for more information about what applies in your case.