On a mountain top above the town of Ísafjörður. Photo:
On a mountain top above the town of Ísafjörður. Photo:

We want to bring you forward during your language course. For that end, you should come well prepared. The free Internet course is an excellent learning tool that we want to make sure you take advantage of. We expect all participants in the beginners courses to have worked through the Bjargir part (= survival part for absolute beginners) of the course. Our teachers will build upon that level. Please calculate approximately 50 hours of work for the Bjargir online course.

The online course is free, but our colleagues at University of Iceland, who provide, need to have information about how many learners are using it and therefore require registration.

The course materials/textbook are provided by the teachers in form of photocopies and other materials. The material is included in the course fee, and will be available at Guesthouse Núpur on arrival. We expect you to bring your own basic dictionary. Basic dictionaries are also available in the local bookstores in Ísafjörður.

There will be up to four groups depending on the number of students, A-D. Please indicate in the application, which group you think is best for you. You will find the CEFR-standards under the following link: Common European Framework of References for Languages. The University Centre will form the groups on the basis of your self-estimation and a short test in the beginning.

Group A: CEFR-level A1. Prerequisites: Icelandic Online Bjargir with low results.
Slow teaching pace, little or no experience in language learning, no knowledge of related languages (Scandinavian, German), little background in grammar (Latin, Finnish, linguistics).

Group B: CEFR-level A1 plus partly A2. Prerequisites: Icelandic Online Bjargir with good results, medium teaching pace, little experience in language learning, but ambitious.

Group C: CEFR-level A1 plus A2. Prerequisites: Icelandic Online Bjargir with very good result, fast teaching pace, good background in related languages and grammar.  Highly ambitious.

Group D: CEFR-level A1 plus A2. Prerequisites: Icelandic Online Bjargir with excellent results, fast teaching pace, previous knowledge of Icelandic in level A1/A2, very good background in related languages and in grammar.

In case of only three groups this scheme is subject to modifications.

All participants receive in the end of the course a confirmation of participation. However, some of the participants need a graded certificate. For that reason, we have been developing a test in four competencies: Reading comrehension, writing, listening comprehension and communication, each available on level A1, A2 and B1. 

Námsmat 2017 / Evaluation 2017

Mæting í morgunkennslu
Participation in morning classes

Mæting í valnámskeið – ferðir – kór – bíó
Participation in electives-excursion-choir-movie
(Each participation gives 1%)

Verkefni (dagbækur og önnur verkefni skv. ákvörðun
Assignments (diaries and other assignments selected
by teachers)


Lokapróf (lesskilningur, ritun, hlustunarfærni, talfærni)
Final exam (reading comprehension, writing, listening comprehension, communication)

1. Erasmus/Nordplus-students and other students

Please fill out the application form through this link.

As soon as you receive your confirmation letter of registration please pay the course and accommodation fee, € 1.100. The fee must be settled within two weeks of your acceptance in order to guarantee your place on the course. In case you are not able to meet this deadline please contact us to be sure that there is still place on the course. 

We expect all registrations and payments to be done no later than 30.06.2016.

You are welcome to send an application after 30.06.2016 but applications/payments after that date will be dependent on availability. Please note that we might read e-mails irregularly during July due to summer vacations.

For information about tuition fee and payment procedures please go to the Tuition Fee webpage.

Once you have made the € 1100 payment, for the course fee and accommodation, we will automatically reserve accommodation for you in shared bedroom for two at Hótel Núpur. The price includes room, linens, towels, access to tea-kitchens with basic cooking-facilities, basic wireless network, internet access, computer lab and cafeteria as well as breakfast and lunch on weekdays.

2. Paralell course in Ísafjörður:

Please apply to Beginners A1-A2 Ísafjörður taught in Ísafjörður. Note: students in Ísafjörður are responsible for finding their own accommodation (see directions on the course website).