Orientation plan for students with other native languages than Icelandic

Student background (see admission interview)


Applications and enrolment

All app­lications go through the Directorate of Education (Menntamálastofnun) on this website. App­licants can seek ass­ist­ance from the study programme manager if needed.


Collaboration with elementary schools

If stu­dents apply directly after graduating from an Icelandic elementary school their grades from that school are autom­atically included in the app­lication. Par­ents or guar­dians may be asked to sign a con­sent form granting the school permission to request fur­ther information from the elementary school.


Collaboration with other organisations

Municipalities (sveitarfélög), the Red Cross and other org­an­isations can sponsor app­licants, for example in the case of refu­gees. It is important that the school stays in contact with the sponsors during the stu­dents’ time at the school.


Icelandic courses, assessment of skills

The school offers a special programme for stu­dents with other native languages than Icelandic, that may suit the needs of some app­licants. Others may need classes in Icelandic as a second language (ÍSA) that they can attend alongside their other studies. The Study Lab offers ass­ist­ance with studies and is available to all stu­dents.


Native language courses

The school does not offer courses in every language but assess­ment tests in various languages are held in upper secondary schools on a reg­ular basis. Stu­dents can sign up to take them and get the credits tow­ards their degree.


Admission interview

A study programme manager, hea­dma­ster or stu­dent coun­sellor summons new stu­dents under 18 and their par­ents/​guar­dians for an interview. The school provides an inter­preter if the family wishes. The purpose of the interview is to:

  • Gather information on the background of the student and their circumstances in order for the school to be able to meet their needs in the best way possible.
  • Evaluate the students Icelandic skills to determine whether they need to enrol in the Icelandic as a Second Language programme or can take courses in Icelandic as a second language alongside their other courses.
  • Introduce the school and the school rules as well as the school’s management and communications system, Inna, and make sure that parents have access to it. Parents are encouraged to stay in contact with the school.
  • Introduce the services and support available in the school, for example student counselling and the Study Lab for homework assistance.
  • Introduce the social life and the various student organisations active at the school.
  • Choose classes in Inna according to the students’ Icelandic skills and areas of interest.


Personalised study plan

If necessary, the stu­dents take an assess­ment test in Icelandic to determine their skill level for proper course placement. The stu­dents’ studies are planned out for the first semesters in accor­d­ance with their int­erests and abilities, this includes determ­ining if and how the Study Lab could be useful to the stu­dents.


Start of school

Stu­dents starting school in the Icelandic as a Second Language programme get an introduction to the school at the start of the semester. This introduction covers the campus, the support services of the school (stu­dent coun­sellors, the Study Lab, etc.) the study programme, Inna and more. A special orientation meeting is held for the par­ents of these stu­dents.


Regular status assessment

All new stu­dents meet on a reg­ular basis with their supervising teacher for the first school year to keep track of their att­end­ance and progress.


Study assessment and requirements

For­eign stu­dents must meet the same requirements as Icelandic stu­dents. Various services are available to help them meet these requirements. For example taking tests in the Study Lab, ext­ended time for tests or taking tests orally instead of written ones. For­eign stu­dents who have not studied a Nordic language are exempt from taking those courses and take other courses instead.