University of Iceland

Viking and Medieval Norse Studies

A two-year Nordic Master’s Programme that offers an interdisciplinary approach to Viking and Medieval Scandinavia.

Icelandic as a second language

Studies in Icelandic as a second language are an excellent choice for students who want to improve their practical and/or academic skills in Icelandic.

Faculty of Languages and Cultures

ASIS – Icelandic Centre for Asian Studies

ASIS – Icelandic Centre for Asian Studies

Asíusetur ÍslandsASÍS – Icelandic Centre for Asian Studies was founded on 16 Desember 2005 at the University of Akureyri but moved to the University of Iceland in the autumn of 2007.

As the name suggests, the Centre seeks to increase understanding and appreciation of the Asian region among Icelandic academics, students and general public. Since its establishment, it has played a central role in expanding contacts with Asian or Asia-related institutes of research and higher education at the University of Iceland. It administers the university's contact and collaboration with the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS) and membership of the Nordic NIAS Council (NNC).

The Chinese studies programme at the University of Iceland was designed and constructed by ASIS, and it also oversaw the establishment of the Northern Light Confucius Institute. The university's memberships of the Nordic Centre at Fudan University in Shanghai and the Nordic Centre in India are both administered by ASIS.

A number of events, conferences, symposia, lectures, etc., have been and are expected to be held by ASIS.

Director of ASIS is dr. Geir Sigurðsson, e-mail:

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