Undergraduate programmes - B.S. degree programmes
Applications for undergraduate programmes are accepted from the 1st March to the 5th of June.
All courses in undergraduate programmes are taught in Icelandic hence extensive knowledge in Icelandic is needed, see further information
All undergraduate/B.S. degree programme applications are electronic.
During the window for applications a link can be found to electronic registration on this site, or on the UI main site, www.hi.is.
Staff at the University Centre Service Desk, student counsellors, and Registration Office will provide information and assistance.
Applications should include a certified copy of the applicant’s matriculation examination diploma. Such additional materials should be submitted via mail to the UI Registration Office, University Centre on Suðurgata, 107 Reykjavík, Iceland.
Those who complete their matriculation examination in the spring should apply electronically prior to 5th June, and submit the required additional materials as soon as they become available.
Processing of applications and confirmation:
The processing of undergraduate applications will be completed by 30th June.
All applications will receive a response.
Those who are accepted receive a bill for the registration fee as soon as applications have been processed.
Registration is confirmed upon payment of the registration fee, within the time limits appearing on the bill.
The registration fee is non-refundable.
Registration for individual courses will not take place until the registration fee has been paid.
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Application for graduate studies: Master and Doctoral
Application deadlines and application documents
All applicants must apply online. The application deadline for fall semester for international graduate students is February 1st for the following school year (starting in late August) and 15th April for Icelandic and Nordic students. The application deadline for springsemester is October 15th for all students. PLEASE NOTE: Due to practical reasons, it is not probable that citizens outside EEA can begin studies at the University of Iceland in the Spring semester. This is due to the fact that the Directorate of Immigration requires that applications for residence permits are received by the Directorate no later than 1 November, in order to issue permits before the start of Spring semester classes.
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).
Online application form
The University Online Application System gives each applicant 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. Please ensure that all requested supporting documents are submitted no later than two weeks after the application deadline.
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 selected, 120 ECTS and then one of the available specializations if any.
(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)
– Copy of grant or scholarship application and/or confirmation, if applicable.
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
Statement of Purpose: submitted online with the application form
A short description of your motivation for applying for the graduate program ( ½- 1 page A4). State the reasons why you want to pursue graduate work in the field of xxx, 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
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 instead of the original records; the original records must be submitted as well. Explanation of grading system of university degree(s) in English.
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. 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
Application documents should not be sent to any other address at the University of Iceland.
(e) References: On the online application form you should provide names, telephone numbers and the institutional and e-mail addresses of two referees. Referees should write one letter of recommendation. Please ask your referees to send their letters of recommendation directly to the University of Iceland. Referee 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.
All letters of recommendation will be treated in confidence by the University of Iceland authorities.
The reference letter should be submitted either:
electronically by e-mail (PDF file as attachment) to firstname.lastname@example.org
with graduate program in subject line and name of applicant. 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
(f) English Language Proficiency Requirement
Once the application has been submitted, the applicant may monitor its status via the University of Iceland Online Application System at www.nynemar.hi.is
. Applicants will be notified of their application results at nynemar.hi.is
. If the applicant is accepted in the program, reply letter will be attached on the webpage www.nynemar.hi.is
• For fall semester, International students: February 1st
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.
Please note it is not probable that citizens outside EEA/EU can begin studies at the University of Iceland in the Spring semester. This is due to the fact that the Directorate of Immigration requires that applications for residence permits are received by the Directorate no later than 1 November, in order to issue permits before the start of Spring semester classes.
The student needs to submit a written academic plan prior to the end of the first semester, in consultation with his/her supervisor.
Please be aware that the Directorate of Immigration
requires documentation that proves your financial ability to support yourself during your stay in Iceland.
The University of Iceland does not offer any scholarships. Research grants are advertised specially on our website. http://www.hi.is/adalvefur/rannsoknir
Applicants for master program in biology are required to find a departmental coordinator/supervisor, and have an idea for a research project before applying.
Applicants are advised to contact the teachers in the field they are interested in. Please specify name and email of potential supervisor in statement of purpose.
Applicants for the Master program at the Faculty of Physical Sciences will not be accepted until a departmental coordinator/supervisor has been assigned for the applicant. Please specify name and email of potential supervisor in statement of purpose.
Applicants for the Ph.D. program at School of Engineering and Natural Sciences are:
Required to find a departmental coordinator/supervisor and are advised to contact the teachers in the field they are interested in to find a supervisor.
Required to have an idea for a research project before applying.
Master and Ph.D. students at School of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Students need to hand in project plan before the end of the first semester, in collaboration with their supervisor. Approved Project plan should be sent by email to project managers of graduate studies for documentation.
Ph.D. students are required to hand in information about Ph.D. committee by email to project manager of Ph.D. studies.