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University of Iceland

4.5 out of 5 (83 ratings / 52 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.

Bachelor's programmes

Education & Training (1)



The University of Iceland was founded on 17 June 1911, on the centenary of 19th-century Icelandic statesman Jón Sigurðsson, usually referred to as "president". The University was located in the Parliament House at Austurvöllur for the first 29 years.


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 research university and places great emphasis on quality in research. The University operates dozens of research institutions and centres, which are the venue for diverse research in various fields. Leading Icelandic scientists take part in research at the University, and each day strong innovative work takes place at the University of Iceland.


The following career and guidance counsellors offer students at the University of Iceland individual interviews on career counselling: Ásta Gunnlaug Briem, Inga Berg Gísladóttir, Jóhanna Sólveig Lövdahl, Jónína Kárdal, Kristjana Mjöll Sigurðardóttir, Laufey Guðný Kristinsdóttir and Lýdía Kristín Sigurðardóttir.

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University Ranking

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Student services

  • Student Council

Housing services

The University of Iceland does not provide or guarantee housing for students. The supply of on-campus housing is very limited and most students live off-campus. Reykjavik is an expensive city and monthly rent for an individual is typically from 100,000 ISK (approx 720 EUR) and up. Please see the following options for finding housing in Reykjavik.

Library services

All services that students need in order to access books and teaching materials are available on the University campus. Students have access to the National and University Library, which is the most advanced library inthe country.

ICT services

Computing Services operates the University of Iceland computer network and is responsible for computer equipment for teaching etc.

Student Life

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 clubs

  • The University Runners Club
  • The University of Iceland Choir
  • The Chamber Music Club
  • Ármann Runners Club


The Minister of Education, Science and Culture granted accreditation to the University of Iceland to offer curricula leading to Bachelor's, Master's and Doctorate degrees in all of its Schools, in accordance with The Higher Education Institutions Act No. 63/2006, Rules on the Accreditation of Higher Education Institutions no. 1067/2006 and Rules on Doctorate Programmes in Higher Education Institutions no. 37/2007. The accreditation was granted following an expert evaluation by foreign specialists in quality assurance.

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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