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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All persons who have been permanently domiciled in Iceland for six continous months are covered by public health insurance (social security).
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.
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.
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.
Government funding (or lack there of) has left the school with a shortage of many things like: Up-to-date equipment and computers, and a severe lack of teaching capabilities. Despite that, many teachers are brilliant in their field and, when you get the chance, are able to mediate great wisdom. The social life in this school is really active and powerful.
All in all I’m very happy with my university. The teachers are mostly great and the student life is wonderful. If you need extra help are need guidance the guidance counselors are always ready to help you. The courses are interesting for the most part though some are a bit disorganized. But all in all I’m very happy with my university.
Interacting with professional teachers