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About the Program

The Medieval Icelandic Studies (MIS) program at the University of Iceland is designed for international students who hold a bachelor’s degree with a medieval component in at least one of the following areas: literature, history, religion, linguistics, anthropology, archaeology, art history or folklore. The medieval component is typically a university course with a medieval element.

Prior knowledge of Old Icelandic/Old Norse is not required, but applicants are strongly encouraged to complete levels 1–2 of the free online course Icelandic Online before enrolment.

The program is run in cooperation with the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies (Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum), a research institute with close ties to the University of Iceland. The program is aimed at providing graduate students with the necessary tools to study Old/Medieval Icelandic texts in the original and in their manuscript context, with a special emphasis on interdisciplinary study. The program provides preparation for those interested in pursuing research in Viking Studies, Old Norse Myth, and religion, the history of the medieval north as well as medieval Nordic literature (sagas, eddic and skaldic poetry).

The language of instruction is English.

The MIS program welcomes qualified students with different academic backgrounds from all over the world.

The application deadline for enrolment in the autumn of 2018 has passed. Late applications cannot be accepted. New applications for enrolment in the autumn of 2019 will be accepted from early December 2018 through January 2019 with the deadline of February 1st, 2019.

Next application deadline: February 1, 2019 (online application).

Please study the Entry and Application Requirements before proceeding to the online application form. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Inquiries should be directed to oldnorse@hi.is.

Program director

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