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Study in Iceland

The Icelandic higher educational system dates back to the first university founded in 1911. Over the last three decades, new institutions of higher education have emerged and are operating in Iceland.

In Iceland, the state or private parties with state support run most higher education institutions. Currently, there are approximately 18,000 students enrolled in the higher education system, of which about 5% are international students.

International students either may attend Icelandic higher education institutions as exchange students or as degree-seeking students.

Academic organization
  • Bachelor degrees (B.A., B.S., B.Ed.) are awarded to students who have satisfactorily completed three to four years of study in a Bachelor degree programme. Bachelor degrees do not usually confer professional certification, except for nursing (B.S.) and compulsory schoolteachers (B.Ed.). The bachelor degree constitutes a formal qualification for postgraduate study.
  • Candidatus degrees qualify the holder for a specialized profession and usually take four to six years to complete.
  • Postgraduate certificates are offered in some subjects after one year of postgraduate study.
  • Masters degrees (M.A., M.S.) are awarded after the completion of two successful years of postgraduate study. Either a major thesis or research project must be completed as part of the programme.
  • Doctorate degrees (Ph.D) are awarded to students who have successfully completed a doctorate programme and defended a doctoral thesis.
  • Summer courses featuring topics such as the European integration process, marine biology and ecology and marine recourse policy and management, Modern Icelandic and more.
Admission Requirements

Students enrolling in a higher education institution in Iceland must have completed a matriculation examination or equivalent level of study. Higher education institutions accept students who possess an equivalent level of maturity and knowledge as assessed by the respective higher education institution.

When applying for higher education studies in Iceland you will need all or part of the following documents:

  • Official university transcript/s - detailed records of your higher education up to the present, including grades achieved.
  • English language test score certificate (non-native speakers only).
  • Language test waiver
  • The requirement to provide English proficiency scores may be waived, in cases where you have successfully completed a full-time degree-level course of a minimum of nine months at a recognized institution where courses are held in English.
  • CV / résumé
  • Scanned copy of passport
  • Two academic references providing an informed view of your academic or professional ability

You may be requested for an interview; for students outside of Iceland we offer interviews by Skype or telephone. Admission requirements can differ between universities and faculties. Please contact the university in question for further information.

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Student assessment is generally based on written, oral or practical examinations, semester papers and assignments. Teachers are responsible for evaluation, but each university or college department provides the overall organisation of the examinations within the regulatory framework of the institution. Examinations are generally held at the end of each semester. Normally a programme of study comprises one major subject along with one or more minor subjects.

English language preparation for studying in Iceland

Develop your academic English language skills in order to meet the English language requirements at Iceland universities offering degree studies for international students. Choose an English language school anywhere in the world and pick your preferred English exam preparation course from diverse language course options.

Study Visa

Citizens of countries outside the EU and EEA must obtain a visa before entering Iceland.

A student visa is granted to those planning to study full-time in Iceland. Full-time studies are 100% studies at university level, vocational training or other studies requiring an educational background equivalent to university admission requirements.

Once an application for a residence permit is approved, an applicant who needs to obtain a D-Visa prior to his/her arrival must contact the closest embassy issuing such visas on behalf of Iceland.

Submit the following documents:

  • Application form, completed and signed by the applicant
  • A passport size photograph
  • Travel document, valid for at least three months beyond the proposed stay
  • Proof of financial support.
  • Documentation showing applicants ties to home country
  • Medical Insurance. The insurance coverage must be at least 30.000 Euros
  • Letter of invitation from the higher education institution in Iceland

If a residence permit is granted, upon arrival the applicants shall:

  • register their domicile
  • get a health check within the first two weeks of their stay in Iceland
  • go to the Directorate of Immigration or to the District Magistrate/Police Authorities in the area where the applicant resides, with their passport or travel documents

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Living in Iceland

  • West Iceland is famous for diverse nature, rich fauna and living history and culture.
  • The country includes natural wonders such as lava formations, geothermal activity, waterfalls as well as the largest hot spring in the Northern Hemisphere.
  • Hvalfjörður “Whale Fjord” is one of the deepest and longest fjords in Iceland.
  • The room rental market in Iceland can be quite limited, because most housing is privately owned.
  • Rent for a single room depending on the location can cost over 350 EUR per month.
  • Dinner at a restaurant costs around the equivalent of 25 EUR
  • Total living costs per one month in Iceland are estimated at about 900 EUR.
  • It is not customary to tip in Iceland at restaurants or in taxis, since bills always include service charges.
  • Using outdoor swimming pools in Iceland is a unique experience, particularly when the outside temperatures are a few degrees below zero.
  • Iceland offers a wide variety of traditional cuisine, such as slátur, svið, skyr and brennivín. You can also find a variety of international food from Chinese noodles to American hamburgers.
  • The capital Reykyavik offers great shopping opportunities, quality restaurants and vivid nightlife.
  • The Icelandic horse is a unique breed of smallish horses that came to Iceland with the first settlers from Norway 1100 years ago
  • Ice climbing on the glaciers is practiced year-round
  • Iceland offers a range of festivals throughout the year; Iceland Airwaves, Gay Pride, Reykjavik Culture Night, RIFF Reykjavik Film Festival and many more.
  • Iceland is an eco-friendly country making great use of natural renewable energy resources.
  • Icelandic people are known for being rather tolerant regarding sexuality and religion.

About Iceland

The Republic of Iceland is a country of northwestern Europe, comprising the island of Iceland and its outlying islets in the North Atlantic Ocean between Greenland, Norway, the British Isles, and the Faroe Islands. Iceland is a part of the world- encircling undersea mountain system that is the locus of new crust formation. About 11% of Iceland is covered by glaciers. By far the largest of the ice caps is Vatnajökull in Southeast Iceland with an size equal to all the glaciers on the European mainland put together.

Iceland is one of the most active volcanic regions in the world. Iceland has 35 volcanoes that have erupted in the last 10,000 years. On average, a volcano erupts about every 5 years. The newest eruption was in Eyjafjallajökull, which started on 21 March 2010.

Nordic, Scandinavian and British people settled Iceland in the 9th century. It is said that the first permanent settler was a Norwegian Viking who made his home where Reykjavík now stands.

Iceland was the country that had the world's first republican government. The parliament was established in 930 and met continuously until 1291 when Iceland lost its independence and became part of the Kingdom of Norway and later came under the Danish Crown.

There were several independence movements during the 18th century and finally in 1918 Denmark recognised Iceland as a sovereign state under the Danish monarchy.

During World War II Iceland was occupied, first by the British army and then by the United States. In 1944 Iceland, though still occupied by the US, declared the country an independent state.

During the 1990´s, Iceland experienced fast economic growth, particularly the banking sector, and became one of the richest countries in the world until three main banks in the country collapsed in 2008.

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