The course is a part of the 300 lessons specified in the Introductory Act, and is compulsory for those immigrants to whom this law applies. The purpose of the course is to inform immigrants about living in Norway as early as possible after their arrival in Norway, and the course should be taught in a language you understand.
To apply for a permanent residence permit, and later on for citizenship, you must complete 250 lessons in Norwegian language and 50 lessons in social studies. If you have both a right and a duty to fulfil these requirements, then you must complete both within 3 years from your first settlement permit in order to get the tuition free. If you are a paying student the price is NOK 3750 for 50 hours.
The course covers the following topics:
New immigrant in Norway
Democracy and welfare society
Education and qualifications
Work and the labour market
Children and family
History, geography and way of life
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“This is a highly recommendable course for those who want to have good insight of Norwegian culture, laws and socio-political system. Many difficult-to-find information about Norwegian society are systematically presented in a lucid manner. Moreover, the healthy discussion between participants leads to immensely valuable experience and information transfer. A must-have course for immigrants indeed.”
“This course is an extremely valuable source of information for anyone coming to live in Norway, providing useful contacts with local services, language courses, finding work, health and legal issues and much more besides. It covers a brief history of the country and the museum trip provides a fascinating glimpse into Norwegian culture. There were other interesting cultural insights when the participants shared their own experiences and backgrounds with one another in discussions. Although married to a Norwegian and already been living in Norway for nearly three years, this course proved really useful and interesting - I only wished I had found out about it sooner!“
Dawn Williams Cappelen
“The social studies course offers a broad spectrum view on life in Norway, from political and cultural to the historical and economic events that have shaped this relatively new country. Conversing with immigrants from different cultural and economic backgrounds offers a unique view into the challenges associated with moving to a new country. Perhaps a little idealistic in places, it sometimes portrays Norwegian society as maybe a little more altruistic and socially balanced than the reality would suggest. Overall, it offers some good insights of life in Norway and is an interesting source of important information for the newcomer.”
Questions? Contact Voksenopplæringssenteret i Bærum.
Visiting address: Emma Hjorths vei 58, 1336 Sandvika
Mail address: Voksenopplæringssenteret i Bærum, 1304 Sandvika
Phone: 67 50 66 00
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