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International Summer School in Modern Icelandic Language and Culture

Date: July 5th30st, 2021
Application deadline: February 15th each year.

Each year the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies, in cooperation with the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Iceland, organizes an International Summer School in Modern Icelandic Language and Culture. The Summer School consists of classes that are held in-situ and online. Classes in-situ are held in Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland, on the University of Iceland campus near the city centre. Online language classes are held in live-stream via Zoom with the teacher, and recordings of classes on culture, history, art and literature can be viewed as arecording at the university‘s intranet.

Although the Summer School is primarily intended for university students of language and literature, anyone interested in the Icelandic language and Icelandic culture is welcome to apply. Applicants must have completed at least one year of university level study. Applicants may not be residents of Iceland.

Approximately 40 students can be accepted in the in-situ mode and about 17 to the online mode. The language classes will be taught in two groups, based on the participants’ previous knowledge of Icelandic, which will be tested online before the start of the Summer School (see Prerequisite below).


Completion of the course Icelandic Online 1, which is available free of charge on the website of the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies, is a prerequisite for participation.

Participants’ language skills will be tested following the deadline for application with an online test. The test takes about 1 hour and has to be completed within 10 days after it opens.

Application deadline is February 15th each year.

The course

The groups will have 80 hours of instruction in language and cultural competence, four classes a day.

70 hours of instruction in grammar, language exercises, and text reading and 10 lectures about modern Icelandic society and culture.

For the in-situ mode, two excursions are planned to places of historical and geographical interest. In addition, the participants will be given the opportunity to have guided tours of the National Museum, Cultural House, and of the Alþingi. (This might change because of COVID-19 restrictions). 

For the online mode, neither excursions nor visits to museums are included as it is not possible to arrange that.

Classes are scheduled 5 days a week, Monday through Friday, in the morning and early afternoon. Class attendance is obligatory. Restrictions due to COVID-19 may apply at the university campus.  

Teaching during online mode will be adjusted according to the different time zones of participants, but most likely they will occur during afternoon hours Iceland time, which will enable participants from other time zones to take part during morning (Americas) or afternoon/evening/night time (Europe, Asia).

Language instruction is mainly in Icelandic, but English will serve as the second language in teaching.

The students in the in-situ mode will have an access to the University's computers during the daytime, they can also use the University's wireless net. The students in the online mode are kindly requested to have working technology (PC, laptop, Internet connection) and other tools enabling a good communication with the teacher (headphones, microphone, camera). 

A certificate will be issued upon successful completion of the Summer School. Credits: Up to 10 ECTS at BA level. A successful completion means reaching a minimum mark 5 (on the scale 1 to 10; whereas 1 is the lowest mark and 10 is the highest mark) in the oral and written exam. 


The tuition fee for the in-situ course in Reykjavík is EUR 590 and for the online course is EUR 380 (according to the currency exchange rate 26.9.2018). The tuition fee for the in-situ course covers instruction, lectures, xeroxed teaching material and excursions. The tuition fee for the online course covers instruction, lectures, and online teaching material. The tuition fee is not refundable.

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For the in-situ course, simple accommodation (some may have spacious shared bedrooms) can be arranged for those students who wish. (Due to the current situation of COVID-19, the availability may vary and we may not be able to accommodate all students, but we will try to assist everyone). 

Students arriving earlier have to find themselves a place to stay until July 5th when they can move into the accommodation. The students can stay until noon July 31st.

No food service is available, but the lodgers have access to a kitchen. Please notice that smoking is not allowed.

 The rent is about EUR 650. The payment is due in ISK at the time of confirming your participation in the school. The payment will proceed online via the Institute’s secure system.

Please note that there is no possibility to accommodate family members and friends of the students.

Students get their address and directions to their accommodation with all the course information before arrival to Iceland. The key will be handed in either by the owners of the accommodation or by the Institute’s staff upon your arrival.


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