Language courses

Living in Europe | Access to the culture of the host country/language courses | Faroe Islands

The official language in the Faroe Islands is Faroese. Faroese is a Germanic language deriving from Old Norse and is closely related to Icelandic, Norwegian, Danish, and Swedish.

Danish is the second language in the Faroe Islands and practically everyone can speak and write Danish. Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish are understood and spoken by many Faroese, and most people are capable of communicating in English too.

It is possible to carry out research work and give lessons to bachelor students in the Faroe Islands without acquiring knowledge of Faroese. However, Faroese is the working language at all research institutions, and learning Faroese will make it easier to integrate professionally and privately.


An International Summer Institute in Faroese language and culture is held at the University of the Faroe Islands every second year in August. The duration of the course is two weeks.

The participants in the summer institute are students and others with a general interest in the Faroe Islands. An upper secondary education diploma or equivalent qualification is required.

The academic programme includes lessons of Faroese grammar and language exercise in addition to lectures on different aspects of Faroese culture and society.

Further information:

Faroese Summer Institute