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.

Icelandic and Comparative Cultural Studies

Entrance requirements and applications

Entrance requirements and applications

Entrance requirements

The general entrance requirement for Icelandic as a Second Language is a foreign equivalent to the Icelandic matriculation examination (stúdentspróf) and a proof of English proficiency from international applicants whose native language is not English (Minimum score TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5). If you have questions regarding the entrance requirements, please contact

Students who apply for the BA programme also have to pass a special admission exam, offered online, in the second week of June. The required level of skills needed to pass this exam equals that of Icelandic Online 1 and Icelandic Online 2, self-study courses which are to be found free of charge online ( Applicants who do not pass this exam will be offered to apply for the Practical Diploma programme.

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 of the BA programme around the middle of August each years. Students who pass all these 6 examinations may go directly into the second year of the BA programme.

Entrance fees and grants

There are no tuition fees at the University of Iceland but students pay a yearly registration fee, ISK 75.000 for the academic year (more information). The University of Iceland does not offer any grants for foreign students but each year around 15 state grants are offered by Icelandic authorities to students who are studying Icelandic as a second language (more information).

Deadlines for applications

Icelandic as a Second Language only accepts new students for the Fall semester of each academic year. The application deadline for general foreign applicants is February 1, for exchange students it is March 1, and for applicants from the Nordic countries and applicants who have live in Iceland for more than 4 years it is June 1.

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