Course Description

Group 2010, final dinner at Tjöruhús
Group 2010, final dinner at Tjöruhús

This is an exciting one week course, taught in the spring, summer and winter, in the magnificent surroundings of the remote Westfjords, and will prepare you for living and studying in Iceland.

Course dates: 

Winter Course - TBA 2019 – Ísafjörður 
Spring Course - 13.05.-17.05.2019 – Ísafjörður
Summer course: 15.08.2018-20.08.2019 

The University Centre's crash course is an intensive beginners course in Icelandic language and culture and is especially designed to meet the needs of students who plan to stay in Iceland for a semester or two or for people that want to learn Icelandic the fast way.

The Icelandic course is all about getting to know the Icelandic language without formal grammar teaching. The students will be taught basic Icelandic vocabulary through lectures and exercises. Conversation exercises will include language games and problem-based learning in real situations. Pronunciation exercises will take many forms.

The course location is at the University Centre of the Westfjords in Ísafjörður.

In Ísafjörður, students will enjoy discovering the town´s quaint bakeries, wandering the streets, and exploring the coastline. Especially during wintertime, wind and weather can be harsh, but that's Iceland. Participating in everyday life in a small town in the countryside is a pleasant way to get a feeling for Icelandic society.

For more information please contact islenska@uw.is. 

The course Icelandic in One Week is taught in the winter, spring andin the summer.

1. The winter course

To be announced 2019

2. The spring course

13.05.-17.05.2019 – Ísafjörður


3. The summer course
The course begins on Thursday morning, August 15, 2019. It concludes on Tuesesday afternoon, August 20, 2019

As you typically need to spend one overnight in Reykjavík on the way to Ísafjörður from abroad (see Getting to Ísafjörður), you should book your flight to Iceland so that you arrive in Reykjavík no later than August 13 (Tuesday). Similarly, if you are leaving directly after the course, you should not book a flight leaving Iceland any earlier than the morning of August 22 (Thursday).
 Please note that any overnight stay in Reykjavík is your own responsibility.

The following preliminary timetable gives you an idea of what each day will be like. Each morning, you begin with traditional classroom instruction. In the afternoon we offer a wide variety of topics and teaching methodologies, including group work, problem-based-learning, self-directed learning, and conversation and pronunciation practice.

Please find here the 2018 schedule to get an idea about how the course will look. The 2019 schedule will be posted as soon as possible.

Classroom learning in the morning, 09-12:
 Easy Icelandic taught through lectures and exercises. Training in reading and writing skills. 

Afternoon teaching, 14-18: A wide variety of topics and teaching methods, including group work, problem-based-learning, self-directed learning, and conversation and pronunciation practice.

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