Language Learning at Kompetanse Norge
Newly arrived refugees, their family members, and persons who have been granted family reunification with a Norwegian or Nordic citizen are given 600 hours tuition free of charge. Immigrants who come from outside the EEA-/EFTA area with a work permit are obliged to take part in 300 hours of tuition, but they have no legal right to get the courses for free. EU citizens, students, and au-pairs have to pay for their tuition and for the Norwegian language test. Immigrants' right and/or obligation to free Norwegian language tuition and social studies are determined by residence permit and age. Immigrants who want to apply for residence permit and subsequently, for Norwegian citizenship, must complete 600/300 hours of tuition in Norwegian language and social studies depending on certain criteria. The training ends with final examinations. 50 of the 600/300 hours are set aside for social studies taught in a language the participant can understand. The municipality should provide tuition within three months of settlement. The 600/300 hours must be completed within three years. Participants who need more than 600 hours of tuition can get up to 2 400 hours in addition to the initial 600. The municipalities have an obligation to offer additional training. The tuition must be completed within five years.