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International Summer School in Modern Icelandic Language and Culture

Date: July 6th31st, 2020
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 Course in Modern Icelandic and Icelandic Culture. The course is held in Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland. Classes are held on the University of Iceland campus near the city centre.

Although the course 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 course. They will be taught in two groups, based on their previous knowledge of Icelandic.


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.

Two excursions to places of historical and geographical interest

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). 

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.  

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

The students will have an access to the University's computers during the daytime, they can also use the University's wireless net.

A certificate will be issued upon completion of the course. Credits: Up to 10 ECTS at BA level.


The tuition fee for the in-situ course in Reykjavík is EUR 580 and for the online course is EUR 350 (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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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 8th when they can move into the accommodation. The students can stay until noon August 3rd.

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 600 (ca. 75.000 ISK according to the currency exchange rate 14.9.2018). The payment is due in ISK at the beginning of the course.

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

On arrival students get their address and directions to their accommodation.


Application form