Approved by the University Council, 29 August 2012
Bifröst University is an Icelandic education and research institution as well as a participant in the international academic community. Bifröst University’s language policy reflects this dual role.
The guiding principle of the language policy is to safeguard the Icelandic language while at the same time preparing students for active participation in an international environment. Icelandic is the official language of Bifröst University, and Icelandic shall be the main spoken and written language in teaching, research and administration within all departments and divisions.
In teaching, emphasis is placed on developing students’ knowledge of Icelandic scientific terminology, not least of all in courses where the language of instruction is not Icelandic. It is important for students to be able to express themselves on the subject of their discipline in their native language and thus uphold the University’s position as an educator in Icelandic society. Teachers are especially encouraged to provide students with guidance on language use, as far as possible, in addition to regular academic/professional guidance. Bifröst University shall purposefully encourage its staff members to publish research in Icelandic alongside publications in other languages and to make scholarly writings as accessible to the public as possible.
The strategic policy of Bifröst University states that one of its objectives is to establish itself as a dynamic international university. In order to do so, the University must be able to offer lines of study or individual courses taught in international languages, as demand and circumstances permit. Requirements concerning correct language use in teaching in other languages are no less rigorous than for teaching in Icelandic.
Implementation and follow-up
Supervision and responsibility
The Rector is responsible for the Bifröst University Language Policy; the Academic Council oversees its implementation.