Welcome to the University of Iceland. Here you will find various useful information regarding studies, and the university as a whole.
Registration in Iceland
All students must have been issued an Icelandic ID number to be able to register at the University. The process of obtaining this number depends on the student’s citizenship. A registration is needed to get access to the University’s facilities, for example the intranet.
All international students, accepted by the University of Iceland, must register in Iceland.
- Students who are citizens of countries outside the EEA/EFTA must apply for a student residence permit to the Icelandic Directorate of Immigration (www.utl.is) before entering the country. The application deadlines are 1 July for the autumn semester and 1 November for the spring semester. The Directorate issues the Icelandic ID number if a permit is granted.
- Students who are citizens of countries inside the European Economic Area (EEA) or European Free Trade Association (EFTA) should apply for an Icelandic ID number through the University of Iceland at least a month before arrival.
Information on how to apply for a student permit and/or register in Iceland can be found here.
Moving to Iceland must always be notified in person within seven days after arrival by going to the Registers Iceland or to the Icelandic Directorate of Immigration.
Upon-arrival information and a to-do list can be found here.
Access to the University’s Intranet (Ugla)
Upon applying online applicants receive a web-key that is used to monitor the status of the application at nynemar.hi.is. After a student is accepted and has paid the registration fee and been issued an Icelandic identification number, a link will appear on their page, where the student can apply for access to Ugla (UI Intranet). In Ugla students can monitor the progress of their studies and access all main information regarding the studies. If a web-key is misplaced students can get a username and password at the service desk at the University Centre.
The University Events Calendar gives students access to information on lectures, conferences, seminars and various events open to the entire university community.
The University Academic Calendar holds all the important dates in regards to studies.
Timetables are available on faculty websites. Individual timetables are accessible to each student in their home space in Ugla.
University Center - Háskólatorg
At the University Center (Háskólatorg) are located various service units for students. The largest school cafeteria and the student bookstore are located there. If students need service of any kind they can go to the Service Desk in Háskólatorg, email@example.com.
There you can get information about studies, various certificates, transcripts, and this is where students hand in medical certificates due to illness during examinations. If students need f.ex. help to change their registration, information on academic progress and grades etc. they can contact the Student Registration, on the 3rd floor, in Háskólatorg, firstname.lastname@example.org. If students need advice about their studies they can contact the Student Counselling and Career Centre (USCCC) on the 3rd floor in Háskólatorg. Individual school and faculty offices provide all necessary information about the institution and arrangement of different programmes. The University of Iceland Computer Services is also located in Háskólatorg where students can for instance receive assistance connecting to the internet and with printing.
School and faculty offices
Students receive all information on the structure and organisation of studies from the school or faculty offices, that is information regarding timetables, assistance in selecting courses, information on rules regarding the structure of studies, specific courses, examinations, assignments and their submission, as well information on the rules of schools and faculties, and the options for international exchange programmes. All further information on school and faculty offices, their service and operations can be access on school and faculty websites.
Academic programmes and the Course Catalogue
Course reading lists for most subjects are available at the Student Bookstore. The National and University Library houses a collection of academic works related to University of Iceland courses. The library has a good selection of journals and its collection can be searched through Gegnir.
Textbook exchange market
The Student Agency organises a textbook exchange market online where students can search for used books and list books for sale.
Office of International Education
Housing, preschools and employment
The Icelandic Student Services provide students at the University of Iceland with a variety of services. Services provided by ISS include student accommodation, Háma, UniFood, student cafés, ISS preschools and the Icelandic Student Agency.
If you have a physical or learning disability, such as dyslexia or a chronic illness affecting your studies, you contact the Student Counselling and Career Centre.
Student ID Card
All students can apply for a Student ID Card in Ugla (UI Intranet).
The Student ID Cards are issued in two different types of which you select one. One is an identity and a discount card but the other is an enhanced card that also allows additional access to some of the University buildings outside their usual opening hours. The enhanced card costs ISK 1,500 of wich ISK 1,000 are refunded upon return of the card. The identity card is free of charge.
Please note that the Student ID Cards are not issued yearly but renewed with a sticker at the University Center Service Desk, opening hours Mon-Thurs 8:30-18, Fri 8:30-16 (summer hours Mon-Thurs 8:30-16:30, Fri 8:30-16).
The university has a vigorous social life, and dozens of student associations ensure that no one is bored once homework is completed. The Students’ Council website provides all information regarding social life.
The university has two gymnasiums, at Sæmundargata and at Laugarvatn.