Scandinavian Studies

Foundation courses | Icelandic

Our 20-credit foundation course for beginners in Icelandic is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students across the University of Edinburgh.

Tuition in Icelandic has been made possible by the generous support of Mennta- og menningarmálaráðuneytið, the Icelandic Ministry of Education, Science and Culture.

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As part of the Open Languages programme in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC), we offer a 20-credit foundation course in Icelandic in Semester 1 of each academic year.

As with all Open Languages courses, this SCQF level 07 course is free to all University of Edinburgh students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, and can be taken at any stage of your degree.

Depending on what you study, the course can be taken as part of your degree (worth 20 credits), or above and beyond degree requirements (extra credit).

The class provides 40-44 hours of tuition throughout the semester; you’ll attend two-hour classes twice a week.


Icelandic is a fascinating language and the tutorials were always something I looked forward to. Highly recommend.

Myles, School of Physics and Astronomy student

How do I sign up?

If who want to take our Foundation 1 course in Icelandic, you must be enrolled by a relevant staff member within your School - usually a Personal Tutor, Student Support Officer, Supervisor or Postgraduate Office team member.

The course cannot be audited - all students, including postgraduates, must be enrolled as “Class and Exam (CE)”, do all the coursework, and sit the exam.

Whether you gain credit for the course depends on what you normally study. For example, students on a language degree can only take the course for extra credit, whereas visiting students can only take the course for credit.

If you have any questions about signing up, or about the course content, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Icelandic was undoubtedly one of the most enjoyable modules I did. Studying it opens you up to a whole new culture, as well as being great fun and incredibly fascinating! It’s also surprising how useful it can be! I thoroughly recommend studying Icelandic – þetta tungumál er frábært!

 Josh, School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures student 

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Find out more about Open Languages courses in LLC