University of Iceland

Exchange student application

Application process for prospective exchange students

1. Apply for exchange studies at your home university. Contact the International Office or your international coordinator at your home university to hear more about their application process.

2. Ask the international coordinator at your home university to nominate you for exchange studies at the University of Iceland by contacting and request an access to the online nomination form. The deadline to nominate students is two weeks prior to the application deadline (see below).

3.  After we receive your nomination, and if it is accepted, we will e-mail you with detailed information on the application process and give you access to the online application form. Please make sure this e-mail address will not go to your junk mail filter:

4. After receiving the e-mail about the application process you should fill in the application online

The application is done on-line only but you must also attach:
·        Your transcript of records (Certified transcripts attached to the online application require original signatures and stamp marks). This must be an original copy of your transcript of records in English, French, Spanish or a Nordic language (DK, NO, SE, IS).
·        A passport photo
·        We also ask that you attach to your application your Learning agreement if you have one (signed and stamped by your home university).

Applications without a transcript and a passport photo attached are not valid.

5. As part of your application you need to select courses. These can be subject to change later on, but it is important that you look at our course catalogue before applying.

6.  Application deadlines are
   - Fall semester and a full academic year: 1st March (EEA citizens: 1st May)
   - Spring semester: 1st August (EEA citizens: 1st October)

7.  Applications are evaluated by the School/Faculty that you apply for and you can expect an informal response to your application by e-mail no later than 15th June (spring semester, 15th November). A formal acceptance letter will be sent soon after.

8. The International Office does not provide or guarantee housing for international students. The rental market in Reykjavik is challenging, but the following options may be helpful:

•  The Student Housing offers on-campus housing.  For more information, see the Student housing website Applications for the fall semester open on 1 June and  on 1 October for the spring semester.
The supply of on-campus housing is very limited and most students live off-campus.

•  The Student Agency is a resource for students seeking jobs or housing. See Students select the accommodation from the list and contact the landlord directly. Neither the University of Iceland nor the Student Agency guarantee the rentals, and students rent the rooms at their own responsibility. Once students have confirmed the room with  a given landlord, the contract is binding, so it is important to have all the information necessary before confirming the room.

Please note that the supply of apartments for rent in Reykjavik is limited and finding accommodation can be very difficult.

Application for extension

Exchange students who applied for autumn semester only and wish to extend their stay to the spring semester can apply for an extension. The deadline to apply is 15 November. A link to the application form will be sent to those who apply for an extension. Please note that an exchange student who has applied for the spring semester only can not extend his/her stay to the autumn semester.

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