University of Iceland

Proof of English proficiency requirements

English Proficiency Requirement for Admission

All international applicants, applying for programmes indicated below and whose native language is not English, are required to provide proof of English proficiency in the form of TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge English (CAE or CPE) tests. 

Please note that your scores from the English tests must be less than two years old by 1 September in the year you intend to start your programme.

We can verify TOEFL and IELTS tests online as long as you upload your test score sheet in the online application form. Cambridge English results must be sent as certified copies along with other application documents.

If you have not taken the test by the application deadline, you are required to send us your test scores as soon as possible and no later than 1 June (15 October for th Spring semester). If you fail to proof you proficiency in English before the deadline, your application will not be processed. For further information, please contact admission@hi.is

Undergraduate programmes

Only a few undergraduate programmes are taught in English at the University of Iceland. The minimum score for these programmes are TOEFL 79 or IELTS 6,5.

Further information on this website: http://english.hi.is/university/undergraduate_studies

Graduate programmes

Further information on this website: http://english.hi.is/university/programmes_taught_english

Exemptions

Citizens of the following countries outside of EEA/EFTA qualify for an exemption:

Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Barbuda, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Canada (except Quebec), Dominica, Grand Cayman Islands, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Montserrat, New Zealand, Philippines, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Islands, United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales), United States of America.

You may be exempt from providing a TOEFL or IELTS score if one of the following criteria is met:

  • You have completed at least one full year of full time higher education, taught in English, at an accredited higher education institution in an English speaking country (UK, USA, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Canada)
  • You have an IB (International Baccalaureate or European Baccalaureate diploma (English-taught programmes only))
  • You have one of the English A Equivalency in the EEA/EFTA – See list below

English A Equivalency in the EEA/EFTA
 

Country

Upper Secondary Exam

Austria

Reifeprüfung/Matura with English

Belgium

Algemeen Secundair Onderwijs or Certificat d’Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur with English

Bulgaria

Diploma za (Zavarsheno) Sredno Obrazovanie/za Sredno Obrazovanie with English as the first foreign language

Czech Republic

No exam fulfils the requirement

Cyprus

No exam fulfils the requirement

Denmark

Studentereksamenbevis / HHX / HTX

Estonia

Löputunnistus with English as a foreign language A or B

Finland

Ylioppilastutkintotodistus

France

Baccalauréat general with English

Germany

Abiturzeugnis/Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife (Abitur) with English

Greece

No exam fulfils the requirement

Hungary

No exam fulfils the requirement

Italy

Liceo Lingvistico with English as the first foreign language

Latvia

Atestāts par vispārējo vidējo izglītību with English

Lithuaniea

Brandos atestatas with English at A-level

Malta

Matriculation Certificate with English at A-level

Netherlands

HAVO or VWO with English

Norway

Vitnemål vidergående Opplæring

Poland

If you have finished secondary school after 2005 and have English specialization (poziom rozszerzony)

Portugal

No exam fulfils the requirement

Romania

English exam at least B1-level in all five parts

Slovakia

Vysvédcenie o maturitnej skúske with English (After 2005)

Slovenia

Spricevalo o splosni maturi/Spricevalo o poklicni maturi with English as the first foreign language

Spain

No exam fulfils the requirement

Sweden

Slutbetyg

Switzerland

Maturitätszeugnis/Certificat de Maturité/Baccalauréat/Attestato di Matritá with English 

Test Information

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) (Institution code: 7949)
TOEFL Services at Educational Testing Service (ETS)
Website: www.toefl.org

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
IELTS is jointly owned by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL), British Council and IDP Education Australia: IELTS Australia.
Website: www.ielts.org

Cambridge English
Proficiency (CPE) or Advanced (CAE) passed at level C1 or C2.
Website: www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams/proficiency

 

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