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University of Iceland

4.2 out of 5 (37 ratings / 35 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)
Humanities (1)

About

History

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.

Education

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

Research

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.

Career

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

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2021
501
2020
501 -100
2019
401
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2022
-
2021
401 -50
2020
351
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2022
-
2021
406 -37
2020
369
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.

Services

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

Accreditation

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

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Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I have no experience at the University. I'm about to seek admission at the university.

Good university
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

A very good and cheap University. Gives students the opportunity to try different fields. Very personal, with small groups so teachers can spend longer time on each student.

Overall good but teachers quality vary a lot
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

Good university overall, the difference between teachers are too much and the class is way to big the first 2 years of 3 (150-200 per course). Lack of finance/business facilities but the library and food hall score high.

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