Guide for International Students
3ADDRESS BY THE RECTOR 5
INTRODUCTION 7International and unique 7International Office 8
PLANNING YOUR STUDY ABROAD 9Admission International degree seeking students 9Admission Exchange students 9Student residence permit 10Work permit 11Health issues 11Accommodation 12Mentor system 13Climate in Iceland and what to pack 13Cancellation of stay 14Academic year 14Course catalogue 14Subjects and credits 14Grading system 15Language of instruction 15Icelandic language and culture courses 15
ARRIVING IN REYKJAVK 18Orientation meeting 18Registration/student residence permit 18Registration at the University of Iceland 19Ugla - intranet and email 20Introduction to Iceland 20
STUDENT SERVICES & STUDENT LIFE 21Service Desk at the University Centre 21Student Registration 21International Office 21School and Faculty Offices 22National and University Library of Iceland 22Computing Service 22
University Student Counselling and Career Centre 24Icelandic Student Services 24Student Council 25Student Associations 25University Sports Centre 26University Cinema 26Open University 26
LIVING IN ICELAND 28Iceland New and different 28Reykjavk Pure energy 28Public holidays 30Currency 30Cost of living 31Health care and emergency services 31Shopping 31Buses 32Telephones and post offices 32Working in Iceland 32
GOING BACK HOME 34Transcript of records 34Obtain the signatures needed 34Final report 34Inform Registers Iceland of your departure 34Accommodation 34
IMPORTANT CONTACTS 36University offices 36Other important contacts in Iceland 37Useful websites 38
SCHOOLS AND FACULTIES 41
MAP OF CAMPUS 42
Table of Contents
5Dear International Student
Welcome to the University of Iceland.
I am delighted that you have decided to come to Iceland and study at the University of Iceland. The University is part of a global network of learning and strives to create opportunities for local young people as well as those that come from afar.
The University of Iceland, founded in 1911, is a
progressive educational and international research
institution. It places great emphasis on research and
educating young people; preparing them for taking
an active part in society as well as making their
mark in the global community. Currently there are
around 14,000 students enrolled at the University
including over 1,000 international students.
Dynamic and extensive collaboration with research
institutions and industry is an important factor in
the Universitys operations. Furthermore, working
with leading universities in the world is the found-
ation for an international network of knowledge.
One of the Universitys long-term goals is becoming
a leading international university; and it is now
ranked among the best 300 universities by the
Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
This booklet contains information that I trust
will prove useful for you, about the academic
community at the University and the various services
provided for students.
International students are a welcome addition
to our academic environment and are very much
Again, welcome to Iceland, and welcome to the
University of Iceland. I hope that you will enjoy your
time here, both in your studies at the University, but
also living in Reykjavik and that you will look back at
your time here with fond memories.
Kristn Inglfsdttir, Rector / President
Address by the Rector
7International and unique
The University of Iceland has been the centre of
knowledge in Iceland for more than a century.
Continuous development and a clear vision for the
future are, and will continue to be, the strength of
The University of Iceland is a public university,
situated in the heart of Reykjavk, the capital of
Iceland. A modern, diversified and rapidly
developing institution, the University offers
opportunities for study and research in over 400
programmes spanning most academic fields:
Social Sciences, Health Sciences, Humanities,
Education, Engineering and Natural Sciences. The
University of Iceland is the only university in Iceland
offering undergraduate and graduate programmes
in all its fields, including doctoral degrees.
Some of the resources available at the University
are uniquely Icelandic. These include the medieval
manuscripts preserved at the rni Magnsson
Institute for Icelandic studies, the Icelandic census
records dating from 1703, the exceptionally
complete genealogical data and extensive
climatological, glaciological, seismic and
The academic staff at the University of Iceland
maintain excellent international relations and many
of them are leaders in their respective fields within
the international scientific community. Furthermore,
the University of Iceland has made numerous
agreements with outstanding international
universities and research organisations on
student and faculty exchanges as well as research
All of the Universitys students have the option of
taking part of their studies at universities overseas.
A large number of international students are
enrolled at the University of Iceland, and their
number is growing. The University employs many
international academics and scholars, and brings
in lecturers from abroad almost on a daily basis.
Hence, the University is a vibrant and multi-
The International Office oversees and manages the
international affairs of the University. The office
provides information and assistance to incoming
international students and academic staff. Please
do not hesitate to contact us or visit the office in
case you need assistance.
University Centre (3rd floor), Smundargata 4,
101 Reykjavk. Tel: +354 525 4311
Email for incoming exchange students:
Opening hours: MonFri 1012 and 12:3015
9Planning Your Study Abroad
At the University of Iceland, we welcome a large
and increasing number of international students
Embarking on studies at a university in a foreign
country will be a challenging life experience. Many
of the questions you will have are addressed in
this brochure. You will find extensive information
on courses, services and social activities at the
University website, english.hi.is.
Admission International degree seeking students
Information for international degree seeking
students and an application for admission can
be found online at english.hi.is/university/international_students_0
The deadline for international students (other than
exchange students) to apply for undergraduate and
graduate studies is February 1st (for the following academic year). Students from the Nordic countries
are exempted and may apply for undergraduate
studies until June 5th (with the exception of the Icelandic as a second language programme, for
which the deadline is February 1st for all students).
Students must have completed a matriculation
examination or the equivalent to be considered
for admission for undergraduate studies. For
entry requirements see enic-naric.hi.is/?page_id=92&lang=en
Specific faculty rules apply for admission
requirements for masters and doctoral studies.
Please refer to the Graduate school website:
The annual registration fee for the UI is ISK 75,000.
There is additionally a 50c application fee for
citizens of countries outside the EU/EEA. The fee is
charged as part of the online application process
and is payable by credit card only. The handling and
processing fee is NOT refundable.
Admission Exchange students
Please note that the application process is different
for exchange students than international degree
seeking students, with different deadlines.
All prospective exchange students should begin
the process by contacting their home university.
They must have completed at least 60 ECTS credits,
and there must be a student exchange agreement
between the home institution and the UI.
The student applies to the home university,
and if she/he is accepted the home university
exchange coordinator will nominate the student
to UI. UI will email all relevant information on
the application process to nominated students.
Application deadline for the Autumn semester and
a full academic year is March 1st (EEA citizens: May 1st). Deadline for the Spring semester is August 1st (EEA citizens: October 1st).
After filling in the online application, students
must have the printed version signed by the home
university exchange coordinator and send it by mail
to the International Office along with the
accompanying documents as instructed.
Further information can be found on
Student residence permit
All international students must meet the
requirements set by eithe