The purpose of the University preparation programs is to provide people with opportunities to seek good preparation for university studies.
Two main programs are offered: University Gateway and Icelandic as Second Language. Depending on their needs or prior studies, students can choose one of the programs or take both programs together. If taken together, the programs support each other.
The Icelandic as Second Language program provides classes that span levels A.1.2 to B.2 on the European Language framework. The program is part-time, and the classes are taught online and designed so students can study alongside work or other studies. The focus is on preparing students for university studies in Icelandic, but the courses also empower students to use Icelandic in work and play. Each class is six weeks long. The program is designed so students who start at level A.1.2. should reach level B.1.2. in two years. However, it can take longer
or shorter depending on the progression of abilities. Students take exams in order to start classes at a new level. Students will have their abilities evaluated at the beginning of their studies.
The University Gateway program provides students with preparation in Mathematics, English, Social sciences and other general subjects. The program is suitable for those who lack general admission requirements for university studies. Those whose Icelandic is not their first language are expected to take the Icelandic as Second Language program alongside the University Gateway. The program is 70 credits and is spread over two or more years. Those who already have ability at level A.2.2. in Icelandic when they start can finish at a faster pace. Part of the University Gateway program is instructed in English and part in Icelandic. In order to take classes instructed in Icelandic students are expected to have reached level A.2.2. in Icelandic.