Category: Living in Norway
There are plenty of schools in Oslo that have Norwegian language courses for foreigners. Here is the list of schools and courses:
- Skapago offers 1:1 Skype lessons for all levels including exam preparation (Norskprøve, Bergenstest).They have also published Norwegian textbooks.
- Folkeuniversitetet i Oslo This school offers courses in 7 levels, which are available as evening, daytime or weekend courses as well as intensive or common courses. A course in each level ususally starts every month. Homepage: www.fuoslo.no
- Rosenhoff voksenopplæringsenter The learning center offers Norwegian courses at all levels. Immigrants from non-EU/EEA area can take the courses for free. Waiting time can be up to three months. More information in English www.rosenhof.oslovo.no/aktuelt/aktuelt2.shtml
Homepage in Norwegian www.rosenhof.oslovo.no
- Universitetet i Oslo Oslo University offers pay courses in Level 1 to 4. One level course lasts for one academic semester. You have to apply for a course well in advance. For details in English see their website here: www.hf.uio.no/iln/studier/programmer/norskkurs/betalingskurs-i-norsk-spraak/
- International Language School has Norwegian business language courses for non-native speakers. Homepage: www.ils.as
- Aftenskolen offers courses in 2 levels which are held 2 days a week in the evening time. Homepage: www.aftenskolen.no
- NorLearn mainly offers individual lessons, but groups of friends, colleagues etc can order group lessons as well. Homepage: www.norlearn.no
- New 2 Norway offers customized Language Packages with or without Cultural Aspects which meet your requirements and needs. Homepage: www.new2norway.com
Looking for a Job in Norway
Two best websites to search for vacant positions in Norway are:
- www.finn.no– the biggest database of job advertisments (there are also many other categories you can search in, e.g. travel, housing, etc.)
- www.nav.no – the official website of Norwegian Labour and Welfare Organisation
When looking for a job, it might also be wise to use help of a staffing agency. There are many companies that match candidates and employers. You can register and create your professional profile on their websites for free. Some of the largest staffing companies in Norway are:
Of course, it is also a good idea to contact potential employers directly, via an open application on a company website. Some companies use their website as an only channel advertising vacant positions, so make sure you visit the websites of those you are most interested in on a regular basis.
It is very common in Norway to rely on personal recommendations, when looking for job candidates. Therefore you should never underestimate the importance of networking in a job search process. Having contacts from various industries can vastly increase your chances on the work market. That is why it is a good idea to take part in events organised by different organisations, for example Norway International Network, Toastmasters, etc.