1. I want to take a language that is offered in your department? What is my first step?
If you are a prospective undergraduate student but have not been admitted to the University of Wisconsin, you must first apply directly to the University of Wisconsin-Madison by contacting the Office of Admissions (http://www.admissions.wisc.edu/). Their website outlines basic requirements for admission, as well as the basic application procedure. Once you have been admitted into the University and you have questions about taking a class in the Department of Scandinavian languages, please contact Christine Dargis (email@example.com). She will direct you to the appropriate contact person.
2. What are the basic requirements for admittance to the MA program?
The following are basic requirements:
- BA degree from an approved institution with a major in a field of humanities or social studies, and an outstanding record.
- A 3.25 GPA. Students with a GPA below 3.25 but above 3.0 may be considered for admission on probation.
- Preparation equivalent to an undergraduate major in Scandinavian Studies at UW-Madison.
- Three years of language training in a Nordic Language, or equivalent experience.
- Graduate Records Exam (GRE)
3. I'd like to apply for the graduate program but do not have any
language training. What should I do?
We advise students to gain language proficiency either by taking summer courses or by studying in a Nordic country.
4. Is it possible to have my Scandinavian language proficiency tested
in the department?
Yes, we do carry out proficiency testing on request from other institutions. We provide a letter stating the level of language proficiency in line with the language training on the UW-Madison campus. For more information, please contact Christine Dargis (firstname.lastname@example.org).
5. Can you recommend materials for self-study in the Nordic languages?
- There are some books available for self-study, but at the moment, the most easily available is the somewhat outdated "Teach Yourself Danish" published by the NTC Publishing group. From Denmark you can procure "Dansk for Hele Verden" published by Gyldendal, which comprises a text book, two exercise books, and accompanying tapes. Finally, Hippocrene books has publishing Beginner's Danish in the fall of 2006. The book will be accompanied by audio CDs and be useful for the first year of study. The author of this new text is Nete Schmidt.
- Icelandic (Modern Icelandic)
- The University of Wisconsin is proud to be a co-sponsor of Icelandic Online, an interactive language study on the Internet. Check http://www.icelandic.hi.is or use the link on the homepage of the Department of Scandinavian Studies.
- Norse (Old Norse)
- There are several good textbooks available. Sigrid Valfells and James E. Cathey's, Old Icelandic: An Introductory Course (Oxford: Oxford University Press in association with the American-Scandinavian Foundation, 1981) is helpful in that it includes exercises and answers to the exercises at the end of the book. The textbooks currently used in Old Norse classes at the University of Wisconsin are the following: Michael Barnes, A New Introduction to Old Norse: Part I: Grammar (University College London: Viking Society for Northern Research, 1999); Anthony Faulkes, ed., A New Introduction to Old Norse: Part II: Reader (University College London: Viking Society for Northern Research, 2000); Anthony Faulkes, A New Introduction to Old Norse: Part III: Glossary and Index of Names (University College London: Viking Society for Northern Research, 2000).
- There are both on-line courses available and textbook materials that will assist you in learning Norwegian on your own. For information about an excellent, self-paced on-line option, check http://norwegianonline.net. Our beginning Norwegian class is now using, Sett I Gang, by Nancy Aarsvold and Kari Lie. Information about this text can be found at http://norwords.com. Finally, for those who wish to learn a smattering of Norwegian, a very nice introductory course which comes with CDs is Smakebiter av norsk og Norge. This text is available from http://www.skandisk.com. Another useful site is http://norwegianlanguage.info/. Hippocrene has also recently published a beginning Norwegian course (Beginner’s Norwegian) with CDs written by one of our former graduate students, Laura Ziukaite-Hansen.
- Roger Nyborg of Stockholm University has put together a basic introductory Swedish course that is online and accessible to the public: http://www.nordiska.su.se/komloss/ Various self-study materials are also available commercially. One such is Scott Mellor's Beginner's Swedish (Hippocrene Books), which is comes with an audio CD.
6. I need materials translated from a Nordic language.
Please send your inquiry to Christine Dargis (email@example.com). Kindly specify which language the document is in and she will direct you to the appropriate person who can then make further arrangements with you.
7. Can you help arrange for a private tutor on the Madison campus?
Please send your inquiry to Christine Dargis (firstname.lastname@example.org). Kindly specify which language you wish to study and she will direct you to the appropriate person who can then make further arrangements with you.
8) Is there an opportunity for me to practice my language outside of class on campus?
Yes! Check the Departmental News and Events Link on the left for special events and for information about language tables in each of the languages.