50 hours social studies

Lingu offers the most flexible course in social studies for expats. During the course you will learn about Norwegian society, culture, politics, education, labour market and much more.

Prices and registration

If you are considering applying for permanent residence or citizenship in Norway, you need to do a short course with 50 hours social studies before you apply. The social studies course is also known as the civics course, and covers seven topics as defined in the official syllabus:

  1. New immigrant in Norway
  2. History, geography and way of life
  3. Children and family
  4. Health
  5. Education and learning
  6. Working life
  7. Democracy and the welfare society


The course will be lead in English, and all participants must understand and speak English at an intermediate (B1) level or higher.


How does the course programme work?

The course in social studies combines several different learning methods. You will watch video lessons, and work independently with interactive exercises, read, listen, take quizzes and you will participate in instructor-led classes conducted in a virtual classroom.

In a period of 7 weeks, one new chapter will be introduced every week. You will get instant access to the first chapter when you sign up, and then chapter 2 will come a week later, and chapter 3 one week thereafter and so on. If you cannot follow the weekly schedule, you will still have access to the online lessons depending on the package you chose for 3 months and can complete the course at your own pace. The earliest one can complete the course is within 8 weeks for the regular course, and 2 weeks for the fast-track students (see more information below).

The learning platform will closely track your work and attendance during the course. In order to pass the course you need to complete all lessons and attend the virtual classroom lessons.

The virtual classroom lessons are held in the evening.


Learning objectives

The course participants will achieve

  • knowledge about important historical, social, economic, cultural, legal and political events and institutions in Norway, and ability to express this knowledge.
  • knowledge about his or her own rights, opportunities and duties in the Norwegian society, and ability to use this knowledge in everyday life.
  • ability to reflect upon and discuss basic values and challenges in the Norwegian society related to democracy, equality and human rights, and ability to to express his or her own opinions about these matters.


Who is the social studies course for?

The online course 50 hours social studies is designed for adult immigrants and expats in Norway who have the duty to complete 300 hours Norwegian language training and social studies according to the Introduction Act. This training can only be taken with an approved course provider (such as Lingu).

The course will also work well if you have the right to free municipal training in Norwegian language and social studies, but would like to take the course online rather than in a traditional course setting.

In brief, the course is for you if you want to:

  • apply for permanent residency in Norway
  • apply for Norwegian citizenship
  • learn about Norway


Approved course

Lingu is accredited by Kompetanse Norge. This means that the course certificate you get at the end of the course will be valid documentation of your social studies training.


In order to pass the course and receive the certificate, you need to achieve the following criteria:

  • Participate a minimum of 6 meetings in the virtual classroom
  • Submit all required essays
  • Complete all lessons
  • Pass the test at the end of the course


The fast-track option

If you are short on time and would like to complete the course as soon as possible, you should choose the fast-track option. This will grant you instant access to all lessons in the course and you can complete the requirements in 2 weeks.


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Yngvil Vatn Guttu


Course lessons

Chapter 1 - New immigrant in Norway



Estimated time

3h 16m



This is the first chapter of the social studies course. You will learn about your obligations and rights, the introduction programme and what is expected from members of the society. This particular chapter is the only chapter that has information that is applicable only to immigrants. All the subsequent chapters apply both to immigrants as well as Norwegians.


Course evaluation and qualification for course certificate

In order to pass the course and receive the certificate, you need to achieve the following criteria:

  • Participate a minimum of 4 hours in virtual classroom
  • Complete all lessons in every chapter (Score 100)
  • Pass the test at the end of each chapter (Score 100)


Please note that some exercises involves writing a text. These will have to be corrected by the teacher of the chapter in order for the score to be evaluated. This will be done on a regular basis, and your score will be updated accordingly.

Participants who achieve these criteria will receive a valid certificate in the post. If you do not pass the tests or get high enough score, you can repeat it until you get high enough score.

Chapter 2 - History, geography and way of life



Estimated time

3h 26m



Welcome to chapter 2 of the social studies course

In this chapter you will:

  • Learn about the key historical events and turning points;
  • Understand what has shaped the modern society in Norway today;
  • Learn geographical details about our country and where cities and counties are located;
  • Learn the most important celebrations of life events and holidays;
  • Be able to discuss topics like religion and traditions offer your point of view on these matters. 


This chapter is lead by Yngvil Vatn Guttu.

Chapter 3 - Children and family



Estimated time

3h 34m



In this chapter, you will learn about:

  • different family structures and households in the Norwegian society
  • values appreciated when raising children
  • laws that regulate marriage, divorce, equality and rights of children
  • violence, genital mutilation, forced marriage and the consequenses for these acts in Norwegian law

Chapter 4 - Health



Estimated time

5h 33m



In this chapter you'll learn about:

  • The history of the Norwegian health system;
  • Different health care services and systems;
  • Mental health;
  • Children and health;
  • The elderly and health;
  • How to prevent disease.

Also at the end of the chapter, there is a crash course in Norwegian health language, containing words you're likely to come across when you live in Norway.

A lot of the material is provided by VOX - you can see the originals here.


Learning objectives:

  • Know and understand how the Norwegian health system works;
  • Know and understand how one access the rights to health services;
  • Be able to discuss different points of view regarding physical and mental health;
  • Understand how your lifestyle impacts your health and how you can prevent health issues.

Chapter 5 - Education



Estimated time

7h 8m



This chapter of the course covers the Norwegian education system. You will learn about:

  • rights and obligations, and opportunities in the Norwegian educational system, and how this is financed;
  • important values that this system is based upon;
  • what is expected from parents, and how parents can support the learning process.

Chapter 6 - Work life and career in Norway



Estimated time

6h 8m

This chapter covers the working life in Norway and introduces several highly interesting topics from career development training. You will learn what legal rights you have as an employee in a company in Norway, what rights self-employd persons have and have not, and what you can do to achieve your career goal with a company in Norway.


Work life in Norway

  • A brief history of labour in Norway
  • Work and welfare
  • Historic development
  • Employment rights and obligations
  • Organisations and participation
  • The welfare state creates jobs
  • Job search
  • Wages and taxes
  • Illicit work

Chapter 7 - Democracy



Estimated time

3h 43m

During this chapter, you will learn about the different processes in the political system in Norway. You will learn about the important, underlying principles that supports the democracy such as voting rights and freedom of speach and freedom of organisation.

Furthermore, you will learn about the history of this welfare state, and how it has evolved over time, and how the government is organised and who decides what.

Many of the texts here are from Vox' website and are used with permission.

Social studies final test



Estimated time

1h 55m

Test your skills from the whole course



Uploaded Sunday, July 03, 2016



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