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University of Iceland

4.6 out of 5 (149 ratings / 68 reviews) Reykjavik, Iceland
The University of Iceland aims to be one of the world’s leading universities and apply approved standards to all quality assurance of its operations. The university holds itself and its lecturers, management and other staff to high standards. High demands are also made of students.



The University of Iceland was established 17th June 1911, on the centenary of the national hero of Iceland, 19th century Icelandic statesman Jón Sigurðsson, usually referred to as "president".


The University of Iceland offers opportunities for study and research in over 400 programmes spanning most fields of science.

  • Undergraduate programmes
  • Graduate programmes
  • Foreign Language Programmes


The University of Iceland is a leading research istitution in Iceland. It is a part of a global network of learning. It is both a laboratory of knowledge and a dynamic energy centre that acts as a generator in the creation of a modern and progressive Icelandic society.

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Student services

The International Office welcomes international staff and doctorate students to The University of Iceland. We offer assistance and services in order to make your transition to Iceland as smooth as possible. Here you can find information on planning your arrival as well as useful information on living and working in Iceland.

We recommend you read this information carefully if you are considering coming to University to work or conduct research. If you cannot find what you are looking for or require further assistance, please feel welcome to contact us.

Housing services

The rental market in Iceland can be quite limited, because most housing is privately owned. Therefore, you should search for accommodation as soon as possible.

The University of Iceland retains a limited number of guest apartments for its staff, but due to high demand, these cannot be guaranteed. Most staff members from abroad rent apartments through private entities.

Occasionally private renters contact the International Office with housing offers, which are then forwarded to international staff in search of housing.

Library services

The School of Education library at Stakkahlíð provides general library services all year round.

There, as well as in the library collection of the Centre for Sport and Health Sciences at Laugarvatn, are roughly 94,000 books, journals and other materials in the fields of pedagogy and education sciences. The vast majority are registered in Gegnir, the national online library database.

ICT services

University of Iceland Computer Services (RHI) operates 18 computer labs on campus. Computer labs are also located in the university buildings in Stakkahlíð and the Centre for Sports and Health Sciences at Laugarvatn.

Medical services

All persons who have been permanently domiciled in Iceland for six continous months are covered by public health insurance (social security).

Student Life

Campus life

The University of Iceland operates in a number of buildings in three areas: in Vatnsmýri and Reykjavík West (Vesturbær), in Stakkahlíð and at Laugarvatn.

The combined area of all university buildings is aprox. 100,000 m². The university is a vibrant community which offers students and staff excellent working facilities. Most buildings have reading rooms and good facilities for group work, and a number of computer labs can be found in various locations in the area.

Sports facilities

The University of Iceland is aware that exercise is important for all students and therefore two gymnasiums in the campus area are open to all university students and staff for a modest fee.

Student Reviews

See ya magic Iceland 🇮🇸
Letizia Longo rated 3 out of 5 stars

Hey there, I picked up Iceland just because I've always been fascinated by Northern Countries and I taught it would have been priceless to do a few months experience there rather than just an holiday by myself. I consider it more unique than the other countries often choose as destinations. I liked the University of Iceland, the staff and the teacher are very helpful. I...

Nice work, good questions on importanat topics
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Overall good questionaire. I think it is really important to get points of view of young europeans about the future of europe

Studying in Reykjavík
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

The University of Iceland (Háskóli Íslands) is an amazing university with great means because it is the main university in the country. They have a large number of classes taught in English, and Icelanders are almost all perfectly fluent; so you don't need to learn/know Icelandic beforehand (they teach it however, and it is super interesting!) The course catalog offers a...

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