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Icelandic as a second language - BA programme

This programme is 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 BA 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.


It is possible to take the BA programme as a major for two or three years (earning 120 or 180 credits) or a minor for one year (earning 60 credits). Teaching consists of lectures, seminar sessions and work in smaller groups. Classes take place once or twice each week, and in addition students are expected to devote considerable time to homework, which requires discipline and independent study habits. 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.