In the capital area
Tel.: (+354) 530-9311
The Intercultural Centre offers two types of courses. On the one hand, there is instruction that emphasises the spoken Icelandic useful for everyday communication. On the other hand, there are courses which are designed for varying fields of work and are taught at workplaces. The emphasis is on teaching related to the job and to ordinary communication. Advanced courses are also offered.
Tel.: (+354) 581 4914
The emphasis is on communication and language that is used in daily life.
Háskóli Íslands - University of Iceland
Tel.: (+354) 525-4400
Icelandic for foreign students
The Department of Humanities at the University of Iceland offers a programme in Icelandic for international students towards a BA degree.
Iðnskólinn í Reykjavík, IR - The Reykjavík Technical College
Sími: (+354) 522-6500
The New Citizens Programme at IR is a four-semester course for immigrants to Iceland. The course has a double focus; Icelandic as a foreign language and preparation for study on other programmes. The department also provides language support after students have embarked on other study programmes at the school. Courses intended for both beginners and advanced students are on offer. Occasionally the school also offers individual icelandic courses which take place in the late afternoon or on Saturdays.
Kvöldskóli Kópavogs - The Kópavogur evening school
Tel.: (+354) 564-1507
The evening school in Kópavogur has an Icelandic course for beginners as well as two advanced courses. Instruction deals with grammar along with the spoken and written language. The emphasis is on everyday communication.
Mímir-símenntun - Mímir continuing education centre
Tel.: (+354) 580-1800
The Mímir school for continuing education offers specifically designed courses for speakers with varying first languages. Icelandic lessons are offered for people whose mother tongue is Arabian or Spanish or Russian, for people from Eastern Europe and from the Nordic countries, and for Chinese, Polish, Thai and Vietnamese people. A fast-paced course is offered in written and spoken Icelandic, and there is a wide choice of courses at various levels of proficiency. Both daytime and evening courses are available.
The department of continuing education in Hafnarfjörður
Tel.: (+354) 585-5860
The adult education school of Hafnarfjörður offers beginner and advanced courses. Generally courses are taught in the evenings, but courses are also offered that are taught in the workplace.
Outside the capital area
Farskólinn - miðstöð símenntunar á Norðurlandi vestra
(North West Iceland)
Sími: (+354) 455-6010
Farskólinn offers beginner course which emphasises on spoken language and two advanced courses in Icelandic for foreigners. The courses are held at various villages in North West Iceland.
Tel.: (354) 456-5025
The adult education centre in this region offers not only Icelandic courses for beginners but also two courses for advanced learners. The beginner course covers the basics of Icelandic, and like the other courses builds up vocabulary through a series of themes. The vocabulary emphasised in the first course is that of the family and home, while the second course emphasises vocabulary which is common elsewhere, such as in the workplace, transportation and education. The third course places emphasis on written expression and on vocabulary that is practical for communicating with the public.
Sími: (+354) 480-8155
This centre offers courses both for beginners and advanced learners. Courses are held during the evening
Miðstöð símenntunar á Suðurnesjum
Tel.: (+354) 421-7500
These courses emphasise spoken Icelandic and the basics of grammar, and are held two evenings a week for eight weeks. The locations of instruction are in Reykjanesbær, Grindavík, Garður, Sandgerði and Vogar.
Sími: (+354) 460-5720
Símenntunarmiðstöðin á Vesturlandi
Tel.: (+354) 437-2390
This centre offers courses both for beginners and advanced learners, placing emphasis on vocabulary, pronunciation and comprehension. Courses are held during the evening and on weekends.
Viska: Fræðslu- og símenntunarmiðstöð Vestmanneyja
Tel.: (+354) 481-1950
Viska offers beginner courses and two advanced courses. The first two Icelandic courses put emphasis on everyday language, while the third also teaches grammar. Courses are conducted whenever a total of ten or more people have enrolled.
Tel.: (+354) 471-2828, 892-2838
This region offers beginner courses and two advanced courses in Icelandic for foreigners. Whereas the beginner course emphasises spoken language, advanced levels place emphasis on reading comprehension and grammar. The courses are held at various villages in East Iceland.
Ţekkingarsetur Þingeyinga - Húsavík Academic Centre
(North East of Iceland)
Tel.: (+354) 464-0444
The courses offered by Húsavík Academic Centre serve beginners or advanced-level learners. Everyday vocabulary, pronunciation, and some grammar are taught in the beginner's course. The advanced course emphasises that individuals increase their vocabulary and attain proficiency in written and spoken Icelandic.
On the internet
Icelandic online - http://icelandic.hi.is/
The Humanities Department of the University of Iceland offers free on-line study material, at a variety of ability levels. The instruction uses both visual and listening material, teaching grammar and everyday language. At advanced levels, there is also instruction on the sociology of Iceland.
Tungumálaskólinn - The Language School - www.skoli.eu