University of Iceland

Welcome to the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences

The Faculty offers a diverse variety of undergraduate and graduate programmes

Social and Human Sciences

Student life

Student life

The faculty places a  particular emphasis on  how new students are  received. At the commencement of their  studies, new students  are invited to attend a  meeting with faculty  staff, lecturers and older students. The  meeting serves to  introduce new students  to the operations of the  University of Iceland,  the faculty and the school and acquaint  them with the services available to students.  Individual subject  representatives at the  office of the academic  school pay a visit to  new students in a  lesson during the first  semester.

Students at the faculty run strong student associations that protect the students' interests and organise various events. The student associations create a platform for students to strengthen their social position within the university.

Katalogus - association for students of Library and Information Science
Norm- association for students of Sociology
Homo - association for students of Anthropology
Þjóðbrók - association for students of Folkloristics
Student Council (Stúdentaráð or SHÍ)


The Students' Council is the advocate of all university students and handles cases regarding student interests in relation to university authorities, the government and others that influence the policies of the university.

Icelandic Student Services is primarily a service company for students at the University of Iceland, with the main goal of offering students at UI good service on good terms, while ensuring that the institution has a dependable operational foundation. The ISS head office is on the upper floor of Háskólatorg at Sæmundargata 4. The opening times are Mon.-Thurs., 9 am to 4 pm, and 9 am to 3 pm on Fri., the phone number 5 700 700, fax 5 700 709 and e-mail address

The International Office at the University of Iceland (Office of International Education - Alþjóðaskrifstofa háskólastigsins) assists students, professors and the university administration in relation to the university's participation in multinational cooperation, such as in Erasmus, Nordplus, ISEP and MAUI, in addition to various bilateral agreements. The office serves both Icelandic and international students. The OIE is located at Haskolatorg, 3. floor, tel: +354 525 4311, email:





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