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Aims and structure

The programme is designed to provide regular students and exchange students with general language proficiency in Icelandic. It is an excellent choice for people who want to improve their language skills as a preparation for further university study or to develop their career options in Icelandic society. Credits from this programme does neither count towards the BA programme in Icelandic as a second language, nor towards any other University degree programme.


The aim of the programme is to provide students with basic language skills in Icelandic. The focus is on speaking, writing and understanding modern Icelandic.


This is a one-year programme (60 credits), ending with a practical diploma. The teaching consists of lectures, seminar sessions and work in smaller groups. Assignments 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 considerable of 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.

Further information on Icelandic as a Second Language.