This programme is primarily designed for students who have an academic interest in Icelandic language, literature and culture. The emphasis is both on practical language courses, where students develop their capacity to speak, understand and write Icelandic, and on the academic study of Icelandic linguistics, literature and history. Core courses are devoted to the study of inflection, syntax and phonetics in Icelandic as well as to Icelandic medieval literature, folk-tales, history and contemporary literature. Optional courses in translation studies and second language studies are also offered.
The aim of the programme is to provide students with solid language skills in Icelandic, both written and spoken, as well as a sound general knowledge of the main characteristics of Icelandic language, literature, culture and society.
The BA programme comprises three years of study. It is possible to take Icelandic as a second language as a major (earning 180 or 120 credits) or a minor (earning 60 credits). Teaching consists of lectures, seminar sessions and work in smaller groups. Assignments and homework are also an important part of the course work in the majority of courses. Classes take place once or twice each week, and in addition students are expected to devote a lot of time to homework, which requires discipline and independent study habits. A steady and dedicated study effort is the key to success in all language learning. Course assessment is based on a variety of elements depending on the course in question, and may consist of: Written and oral exams, course essays, individual assignments and performance in class.
The general entrance requirement is a foreign equivalent to the Icelandic matriculation examination (stúdentspróf). The programme also requires a proof of English proficiency from international applicants whose native language is not English (Minimum score TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5).
Additionally, students have to pass a special admission exam held in the beginning of the academic year, for which the required level of skills equals that of Icelandic Online 1 and Icelandic Online 2, self-study courses which are to be found free of charge on the web. The BA programme is only open to students who are registered in the programme and have passed the admission exam. Other students are advised to take ÍSE025G Icelandic - the basics which is offered in both the Fall and the Spring semester.
New students who have a good prior knowledge of Icelandic language beyond the required basic skills may take examinations comparable to the first-year examinations at the beginning of the term. Students who pass all these 6 examinations may go directly into the second year.
The application deadline for enrolment is February 1. We only accept new students for the Fall semester of each academic year.