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Study in Iceland

Study in Iceland

It is true to say that there is no other place like Iceland. The environmental settings include arctic desert with mountains, glaciers, volcanoes and waterfalls. By the coast line you find the vegetation and agricultural areas. Visit the hot springs and steam vents for a surreal experience while pursuing your higher education.

Study in Iceland

2/3 of the total population of Iceland live in the capital, Reykjavik, and surrounding areas. Reykjavik holds all the necessaries expected of a modern capital. Students that experience Reykjavik can take part of a historical sites, natural beauty, museums and galleries, public parks, a wide range of leisure activities, shopping, hotels, restaurants and a remarkably lively artistic scene. The largest industries in Iceland include fisheries and natural renewable energy sources. 

Iceland's Education System

Higher education in Iceland is offered on University level. There are eight universities and colleges to study at in Iceland, both state-run and private:

- University of Iceland
- Háskólinn í Reykjavík - Reykjavik University
- Háskólinn á Akureyri - University of Akureyri
- Háskólinn á Bifröst - Bifröst University
- Háskólasetur Vestfjarða - University Centre of the West Fjords
- Hólaskóli, Háskólinn á Hólum - Hólar College
- Landbúnaðarháskóli Íslands - Agricultural University of Iceland
- Listaháskóli Íslands - Iceland Academy of the Arts
- RES - The School of Renewable Energy Science

Iceland is currently hosing around 900 international students. These make up 5 percent of the total students population. The academic year in Iceland usually lasts from September to May, divided into two semesters, autumn and spring.

The different degree types include:

- Two-year diploma courses
- Bachelor degrees
- Candidatus degree
- Postgraduate certificates
- Masters degrees
- Doctorate degrees

Application to Iceland's institutions

To be admitted to Icelandic institutions of higher education students need to have examinations, certificates and diplomas from the member states of the EU and EFTA that qualify for admission to higher education in these states. Students apply directly to the university in question.


Last update: 19 Apr 2016