Reykjavík University

Reykjavik , Iceland
Reykjavik University (RU) is a modern, dynamic university situated in the heart of Iceland’s capital. RU focuses on excellence in teaching, research, entrepreneurship, technology development and co-operation with the business sector. The University provides students with a strong academic foundation, cutting-edge practical experience and extensive connections with industry.



Most students start their university studies with a bachelor degree, also called an undergraduate degree (BA, BSc) followed by a masters degree, also called a graduate degree (MSc, MA).

After completing their graduate studies, students can get a doctoral degree (PhD) which is research-based. Reykjavik University offers degrees on all three levels, undergraduate, graduate and PhD. Please note that only graduate and PhD degrees are completely taught and conducted in English.

Students are either full-paying, which means they pay tuition each semester, or exchange students from other universities, in which case they pay the tuition at their home school.


Main objectives are:

I. Financing research

  • Monitor financing opportunities nationally and abroad (EU and USA).
  • Assist academic employees in writing application to competitive funds.
  • Assist academic employees in writing reports and running research projects.

II. Research evaluation

  • Collect data, statistics and reports on research activities within RU.
  • Coordinate RU external research assessments.

III. Dissemination and cooperation

  • Publish and present RU research.
  • Contact person to national and international competitive research funds.


AIESEC Career Days is an annual event at RU that gives university students the chance to introduce themselves to various companies and the possibilities they offer for summer jobs, future professions or project-based work.

AIESEC Career Days present an excellent opportunity for employers to meet future staff. The event is very popular, with the participation of over 50 companies and more than 3,000 students in 2013.

Master's Programmes

Engineering & Technology (8)
Business & Management (7)
Computer Science & IT (5)
Medicine & Health (2)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (2)
Arts, Design & Architecture (1)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)
Humanities (1)
Law (1)
  • LL.M. Law
    School of Law
Social Sciences (1)

Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Master at Reykjavík University!


Student services

The International team at RU welcomes enquiries from both current and prospective students.

We are responsible for the exchange programme, international admissions, developing international partnerships and providing pre-arrival and support services to all international students at RU.

Housing services

Reykjavik University plans to build 350 new apartments and single rooms, as well as a kindergarten and housing services to the west of Öskuhlíð in a new “University Garden” development. The plans were agreed by the city council last week and construction is planned to begin next year.

The proposed apartments are intended for students and staff of RU and companies working at RU. The plan includes small apartments and single rooms with shared facilities. The complex will have a preschool and groceries and other services. The design buildings and area will emphasis environmental sustainability and sustainable transportation.

Library services

The RU library supports studies and research at the university by providing access to scholarly resources in electronic and print formats on and off campus and by providing library users with outstanding services. The library provides quiet reading rooms, computer workstations and areas for group study.

ICT services

Our IT Services provide a range of computer facilities to help you study. IT suites are located across campus – many with 24-hour access. IT facilities also include:

  • Wireless network
  • Extensive printing facilities
  • Adapted PCs for students with disabilities or additional learning needs

Student Life

Campus life

Set in one of the most beautiful areas of Reykjavik right next to Iceland's only geothermal beach, the newly built campus offers students modern first-rate facilities. The building has well equipped classrooms and students have 24-hour access to the spacious study facilities.

The campus is one of Iceland's most automated buildings designed to provide an environment optimal for working using the lowest amount of energy.

  • A breath of fresh air
  • Intelligent lighting system
  • Beautiful surroundings

Sports facilities

In the basement of the university, World Class runs a gym which offers discounts to students.

Student clubs

The University of Reykjavik Student's Union is the focus of many student activities on campus.


International Accreditations

  • Association of MBAs for the RU MBA program.
  • EPAS for the following RU School of Business program: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

The Global Study Awards

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.

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