University of Iceland

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Viking and Medieval Norse Studies

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

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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

Individual courses in Icelandic as a Second Language

Individual courses in Icelandic as a Second Language

The following courses are open to exchange students and other students at the University of Iceland who are not registered as students in Icelandic as a second language. Credits from these courses cannot be used towards a degree in the two programmes of Icelandic as a second language (neither the BA programme nor Practical Icelandic). Students can sign up for these courses with Student Registration or on Ugla, the university intra-website.

Icelandic – the basics

This is a practical 10-credit course which is designed for beginners in Icelandic, and is offered in the Fall and Spring semester. The focus is on basic elements of language proficiency and grammar, but students are also provided with a general overview of Icelandic culture and society. The aim is to provide students with the capacity to conduct a simple conversation in Icelandic, to read and understand simple texts in Icelandic, and to write basic sentences. The teaching consists of a combination of working sessions with the teacher and independent study. Students are required to be active participants in the course.

Icelandic culture

The course, which is taught in English, gives an overview of Icelandic culture from the Settlement to modern times with empasis on contemporary culture and art. It covers the settler society, the literary culture, the rapid shift from rural to urban culture, music, visual arts, films, theatre, architecture and environmental issues. Students read a varied selection of literary texts. Teaching will be in form of lectures, discussions, shows and museum visits.

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