Student information:


There are no classes on the following dates 2018:

1. May (Labor Day)

10. May (Ascension Day)

17. (Constitution Day) + 18. and  19. May

21. May (Whit Monday)




Our summer courses in Oslo are designed especially for those who wish to use the summer holiday period to study the Norwegian language and learn to communicate more efficiently. The courses are also for those who know some Norwegian from before, who want to improve their current level of Norwegian during the summer or simply maintain contact with the Norwegian language between courses.


About the Norwegian summer course

The Norwegian summer courses take place in the period between June and August for a total of 10 weeks. Every week counts as its own course and the students choose themselves how many weeks they want to attend. The summer course uses a flexible approach in which the instructor can vary their teaching methods based on the group's needs. Although we emphasise a pleasant "holiday" atmosphere, the Norwegian summer course is intense, which significantly accelerates the language-learning progress. The coursework focuses on comprehension of written and spoken Norwegian and improving Norwegian pronunciation.

Course levels

The course is offered at five levels according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR):

  • Basic (people without knowledge of the Norwegian language)
  • Beginner (participants at CEFR level A1 or who have previously studied Norwegian and know the basics of the language)
  • Lower intermediate (participants at levels CEFR A2)
  • Intermediate (participants at levels CEFR A2 - B1)
  • Advanced (participants at CEFR levels B2 - C1) 

In addition to the ordinary Summer courses, Alfaskolen offers additional Conversation courses (Summer course PLUS), on every level for each week in which enough people have expressed their interest. 

Placement test

Participants are asked to provide the school with information regarding their current level of Norwegian in the comments section when signing up for the course. All summer course participants will automatically be sent a placement test by e-mail, when confirming their registration through our website. The Placement test is conducted online. The placement test is obligatory for all participants that will be taking levels higher than A1-1 (new beginners). Based on the result of the placement test and in consultation with the student, we will place each student on the appropriate level of Norwegian. The test will be sent by email. Participants can also complete the placement test at the school where it takes place on each Monday at 08:00. We recommend visiting the school during the week prior to your first week of the summer course in order to conduct the placement test.

Course structure

The course length varies from 1 up to a maximum of 10 weeks. Sessions are held daily from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 12:15. Each session consists of 3 lesson hours and one self-study hour for a total of 20 lesson hours per week or, by registering for the Summer PLUS, 4 lesson hours and one self-study hour for a total of 25 lesson hours per week. Participants purchase the desired number of weeks. One lesson hour last 45 minutes.

2 x 45 mins: During this session, you will learn new vocabulary and grammar related to the theme of the day. You will be introduced to new idioms and their uses.

Self-study: During self-study, you will study tasks and assignments together with assigned co-students in a small group of 3-4 persons. Together you will apply new vocabulary and complete grammar exercises.

1 x 45 mins: During this session, you will discuss your self-study group assignments with your teacher. You will also train your practical understanding of spoken Norwegian through comprehension exercises.

Conversation (Summer PLUS course): During this session, you will practice your conversational ability, pronunciation, and grammar in daily conversation.

  Summer course (20 lesson hours per week): Summer course PLUS (25 lesson hours per week):
 Two lessons a 45 min   09:00-10:30  09:00-10:30
 Break  15 min  15 min
 Self-study  10:45-11:30  10:45-11:30
 One lesson a 45 min  11:30-12:15  11:30-12:15
 Break  XXXXXXXX  15 min
 Conversation  XXXXXXXX  12:30-13:15


Course materials

Materials are included in the price of the course and are prepared for lessons by the teacher according to the requirements of participants.

Course start dates 2018

  • Basic level:  18.06, 02.07, 16.07, 30.07, 13.08
  • Other levels:  18.06, 25.06, 02.07, 09.07, 16.07, 23.07, 30.07, 06.08, 13.08, 20.08

The last day of the summer courses in 2018 is Friday 24.08.


Course certificate

At the end of the last lesson of each course, each participant who has been attending more than 80 % of the classes and paid the course fee will be issued an official course certificate.

Course prices

 Participants can purchase a minimum of 1 week and up to a maximum of 10 weeks.

         Price per week of attended course
                (from the moment you start):
                        Summer course
                (20 lesson hours per week)
                     Summer PLUS
 (20 lesson hours + 5 lesson hours of  conversation per week)
 1st week  NOK  2 000  NOK  2 600
 2nd week  NOK  1 900  NOK  2 500
 3rd week  NOK  1 800  NOK  2 400
 4th week  NOK  1 700  NOK  2 300
 Any additional week  NOK  1 700  NOK  2 300


If a participant wants to add additional course-week(s), this should be booked by Wednesday the week before next course-week begins. The school does not reserve places in the courses for students who are not pre-registered or have not yet confirmed their registration for the following course-week.

*Any discount given for summer course weeks are for those that book 4 or more weeks. The price for additional Summer course weeks will be 1700, - and 2300,- for Summer course Plus. When booking several weeks, one invoice for the whole period will be issued.

**Alfaskolen reserves the right to cancel/mix groups where there aren’t enough students. If students are registered for several weeks, they must take into account that changes will occur, as for example, change of teacher and change of students within the group, through the whole Summer course period.

Cancellation and absence

Cancellation of the whole or parts of Summer course must be done in writing. Schools rules regarding cancellation are as described under Resignation and Cancellation fees point 4.

Participants missing one or more sessions can catch up lost tuition hours only by showing a doctors notice. Sessions can only be replaced at the same level, and during the same Summer course period. Absence beyond sick leave is considered invalid absence and tuition hours are not replaced.

Alfa TIP: Depending on your level, continue your education with one of our Standard or Intensive courses after you are finished with summer courses.