Course Description

Everyone is welcome in Ísafjörður
Everyone is welcome in Ísafjörður

The University Centre's Intermediate course is especially designed to meet the needs of people who want to improve their prior knowledge of Icelandic and at the same time experience the life in a small Icelandic town. This is an exciting summer course, in the magnificent surroundings of the remote Westfjords, and will increase students' skills in Icelandic.

26.08.2019 – 06.09.2019.

The Intermediate course will cover reading and writing skills up to CERF level B1. Learning the language and culture will be a priority. The course includes 67 hours of varied and interesting instruction. The course location is at the University Centre of the Westfjords in Ísafjörður.
 Students will learn how to build up their Icelandic vocabulary in an effective way and will deepen their understanding of the structure of the language through lectures and exercises. Conversation exercises will include language games and problem-based learning in real situations. Pronunciation exercises will take many forms.
 In Ísafjörður, students will enjoy discovering the town's quaint bakeries, wandering the streets, and exploring the coastline. In Ísafjörður the students can go swimming, play golf and experience the beautiful nature all around. Participating in everyday life in a small town in the countryside is an especially pleasant way to get a feeling for Icelandic society.

For more information please contact islenska@uw.is.

The University Centre of the Westfjords has several years of experience in hosting field schools for foreign students and offering courses in Icelandic language and culture. Also, the University Centre offers an international, cross disciplinary master's program in Coastal and marine management.



Photo: Andres Peters.
Photo: Andres Peters.

The course begins on Monday morning, 26 August 2019 with an orientation at the University Centre of the Westfjords, and concludes on Friday 6 September 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 the evening of 24 August (Saturday).
 Similarly, if you are leaving directly after the course, you should not book a flight leaving Iceland any earlier than the morning of 8 September (Sunday).
 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.

2018 Schedule

Classroom learning in the morning, Mon-Fri, 09-12:
 Icelandic grammar and vocabulary taught through lectures and exercises. Training in reading and writing skills up to CEFR level A2-B1.

Afternoon teaching, Mon-Fri, 14-18: A wide variety of topics and teaching methods, including group work, problem-based-learning, self-directed learning, and conversation and pronunciation practice. Training in reading and writing skills.