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Icelandic Courses in West Fjords Popular

Last week a three-week course in the Icelandic language and culture began at the University Center of the West Fjords. More than 100 students from all around Europe, North America and from as far away as Hong Kong are participating in the course.

Victor Francisco Pajuelo Madrigal from Barcelona decided to ride a bike all the way from Reykjavík. He arrived at Núpur in Dýrafjördur with a broken bike, but very happy with the trip and all the helpful people he met on his way.

While most of the students arrived by traditional means of transportation, by plane or bus, Victor Francisco Pajuelo Madrigal, a philosophy and linguistic student from Barcelona, decided to ride his bike all the way from Reykjavík, according to a press release.

The trip took 12 days and included a ferry ride across Breidafjördur fjord. “When I arrived in the West Fjords my bike broke and I had to lead it for 20 kilometers. People were very helpful during my entire trip, but especially here in the West Fjords,” Madrigal said, adding he was even offered meals on occasions.

During the next three weeks the students will enjoy an intensive training in Icelandic with varied and up-to-date teaching methods.

“We strongly focus on communication skills and want our students to be able to use Icelandic in everyday life. So the courses, class work, group work, and fieldwork are combined to give students the best learning experience and results possible,” explained project manager Heidrún Tryggvadóttir.

This is the third year that the University Centre has organized this course for the Office of International Education in Iceland. The teaching takes place at Núpur and in Ísafjördur, the largest town in the West Fjords.

Most of the students are Erasmus and Nordplus grantees that will study at universities in Iceland in the coming fall, but also students that are studying on their own accord, as well as students who will begin their studies in the masters program in Coastal and Marine Management at the University Centre.

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