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English - BA


180 ECTS - BA degree

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During this programme students will master the main concepts, methods and theories in the areas of language and culture, business, society, history, literature and art.

Admission requirements

Undergraduate studies

Icelandic matriculation examination (stúdentspróf: school leaving examination from secondary school) or equivalent qualification. Further information can be found in article 15, regulation on admission requirements for undergraduate study no. 331/2022.

New students must have English language proficiency on the C1 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. TOEFL 93, IELTS 7,0.

Students' comments

Lára Dawn Michelsen
English - BA

Because I am very interested in improving my writing skills in English and deepening my knowledge of literature, studying English at the University of Iceland seemed perfect to me - and it has been. I have become acquainted with a large selection of significant literary works in the literature courses, learned to analyze them critically and to understand what characterizes significant literature. What has impressed me the most about my studies is that I have met people who have the same passion for literature as I do and who spend hours discussing literature and analyzing them deeply.

Samuel Patrick O´Donnell
English - BA

I chose to major in English to gain an understanding of how and why books are written and to improve my own writing. I have certainly come to a critical understanding of texts and contexts at HÍ, but I have also learned that one's writing is never perfect, it is only due. The faculty and staff are knowledgeable and more than willing to answer any questions, recommending ancillary reading and pointing in the right direction, which naturally makes for an enjoyable experience. I also love how easy it is to join study groups. The students here are friendly and welcoming, and it really feels like I fit in here. 

Samuel Hogarth
English - BA

As a writer, I realised that in order to improve my writing, I must study the works of great writers. As I have progressed in my studies at HÍ, I have also realised that hidden in great works of fiction are important lessons, such as where we are as a species, how we came to be here, and why we behave the way we do. I have been very impressed with the range of literary analysis that is offered in the English BA programme and has found every course both engaging and applicable. If you love reading, writing, or just want to learn more about yourself and Western society through the lenses of Linguistics and Literature, this programme is for you.

Contact us

The office of School of Humanities is located at the 3rd floor of the Main Building, Sæmundargata 1. Opening hours are from 10-12 and 13-15 on weekdays.

You can call us at +354 5254400 or send us an e-mail at

Our students can use the University Service Desk as the point of access for all service.