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Environment and Natural Resources

Interdisciplinary graduate programme

Environment and Natural Resources

Application

Application deadlines and application documents

The application deadline for international graduate students is February 1st for the following school year (starting in late August) (15th April for Icelandic and Nordic students). 

Fulfilling the admission criteria does not guarantee admission. Only a limited number of students can be admitted to the programme each year, and the number of well-qualified applicants may exceed the number of places available. It may, therefore, be necessary to reject well-qualified applicants. 

Incomplete applications will not be processed. Late applications are not accepted.

The language of the application and supporting documents is English (though see below regarding transcripts).
 
Citizens of countries outside the EEA/EFTA (exempting the Faroe Islands and Greenland), applying for studies at the University of Iceland, are required to pay a fee* of € 50 (ISK 8,000) for the handling and processing of their applications. The fee is charged as part of the online application process and is payable by credit card only, VISA or Mastercard. The handling and processing fee is NOT refundable. 
 

(1) Online application form

In the University of Iceland Online Application System, each applicant receives an ID number that can be used to monitor the status of the application at nynemar.hi.is User interfaces in Icelandic or English are available.
 
On the online application form, you will be required to provide the following details:
 
(a) Program selection: from a drop-down menu of graduate programs select “Environment and Natural Resources, Master 120 ECTS” and then one of the available specializations. 
 

(b) Personal information including a scan (PDF file) of your passport.

(c) Previous education: degrees awarded with dates and subject(s).

(d) Supporting documents to be uploaded:

– curriculum vitae (CV) (see below)
– statement of purpose (see below)
– scanned transcripts (see below)
 
Please use PDF file format (.pdf) rather than word processing files (e.g. .doc, .docx, .odt .rtf files or similar). Please include your name in the file name along with a descriptive title, for example:
Jane_Smith_CV.pdf
Jane_Smith_statement.pdf
Jane_Smith_transcripts.pdf
 
(e) References: Two letters of recommendation should be forwarded directly to the University of Iceland (see below). On the online application form you should provide names, telephone numbers, and the institutional and e-mail addresses of your referees.
 
(f) Transcripts should be submitted electronically AND in hard copy. You are required to submit official transcripts bearing the seal of the institution and signature of the registrar or other appropriate official (see below). A scanned version should be uploaded with the online application form.
 

(2) Curriculum Vitae (CV): submitted online with the application form

In addition to your personal contact information and educational history (some of which will overlap with the information you provide on the online application form), you should list your teaching experience, conference and other presentations and publications, employment history, honours and awards, as well as relevant extracurricular activities.
 
Your curriculum vitae (CV) should be uploaded and submitted as a PDF file, with your online application (see above). Please include your name in the file name along with a descriptive title, for example: Jane_Smith_CV.pdf
 

(3) Statement of Purpose: submitted online with the application form

A short description of your motivation for applying for the Environment and Natural Resources master’s program (1-2 pages A4). State the reasons why you want to pursue graduate work in the field of environment and natural resources, the issues and problems you want to address, and your professional goals. Briefly describe why you choose the University of Iceland.
 
Your statement of purpose, written in English, should be uploaded and submitted as a PDF file together with your online application (see above). Please include your name in the file name along with a descriptive title, for example: Jane_Smith_statement.pdf
 

(4) Transcripts: submitted electronically AND in hard copy

You are required to submit official transcripts and diploma supplements (if available) bearing the seal of the institution and signature of the registrar or other appropriate official, including an explanation of grading system of University degree/s in English (applicable if a degree is not from an Icelandic university). These transcripts and diploma supplements should be in English. If official records are not available in English, the originals should be accompanied by a certified English translation. Note that a translation cannot be submitted in lieu of the original records; the original records must be submitted as well.
 
The transcripts are to be submitted as follows:
 
(a) A scanned version (clear and readable, colour or black and white) should be uploaded and submitted as a PDF file together with your online application (see above). Please include your name in the file name along with a descriptive title, for example: Jane_Smith_transcripts.pdf
 
(b) The official, original hard copy should be mailed directly to:
University of Iceland
Student Registration—International Applications
Háskólatorgi
Saemundargötu 4
IS-101 Reykjavík
ICELAND
 
Application documents should not be sent to any other address at the University of Iceland.
 

(5) Two Letters of Recommendation: submitted electronically by the referees OR in hard copy 

Two letters of recommendation should be submitted. These should be from faculty members or others who are familiar with your academic work and qualified to evaluate your potential for graduate study. The letters should be written in English on headed stationary and signed by the referee. Referees must fill out the reference form as well. 
 
 
All letters of recommendation will be treated in confidence by the University of Iceland authorities.
 
Please ask your referees to send their letters of recommendation directly to the University of Iceland. They may be submitted either
 
(a) electronically by e-mail (PDF file as attachment) to admission@hi.is with “Reference letter - Applicants name - Environment and Natural Resources” in the subject line. Only accepted if sent directly by the referees.
 
(b) or by mail to. Only accepted if in sealed envelopes:
University of Iceland 
Student Registration—International Applications
Háskólatorgi
Saemundargötu 4 
IS-101 Reykjavík
ICELAND
 
Application documents should not be sent to any other address at the University of Iceland.
 
You should list your referees on the online application form (see above). 
 

(6) English Language Proficiency Requirement

The language of instruction is English and an adequate command of spoken and written English is required for admission. All international applicants whose native language is not English, are required to provide results of the TOEFL or IELTS tests as evidence of English proficiency. Official scores from the tests must be submitted directly from TOEFL/ETS or IELTS (please see instructions for Requesting Official Scores).

Applicants may be exempt from providing a TOEFL or IELTS score if certain criteria is met, see more information about English proficiency and exemptions
 
 
Enquiries should be directed to umhverfi@hi.is 
 
Once the application has been submitted, the applicant may monitor its status via the University of Iceland Online Application System at nynemar.hi.is Applicants will be notified of their application results at nynemar.hi.isA formal letter of admission will follow.
 

ONLINE APPLICATION FORM

APPLICATION DEADLINES:

We highly recommend that citizens of non-EU countries study the Directorate of Immigration’s rules for student permits right away, since immigration paperwork can take considerable time for an accepted applicant.
 

 

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