International students

International DayThe deadline for international students (other than exchange students) to apply for undergraduate and graduate studies was 1st February 2014 (for the 2014-2015 academic year). Please note that admission for the academic year 2014-2015 is closed.

Students from the Nordic countries are excepted and may apply for undergraduate studies until 5th June (with the exception of the Icelandic as a second language programme, for which the deadline is 1st February).

Further information regarding studying in Iceland is available on the Study in Iceland website. An online application form is available below when applications are being accepted.

Admission requirements

Undergraduate Studies: Students who enrol at the University of Iceland shall have completed a matriculation examination or the equivalent.

Graduate Studies: Specific faculty rules apply regarding admission requirements for graduate studies at the master's and doctoral levels. These rules ara published in the course catalogue and on faculty websites.


In general, teaching at the University of Iceland is in Icelandic. Several faculties offer some courses taught in English, see courses taught in English. Please note that proof of English proficiency requirements may apply to applicants whose native language is not English. Further information on programmes and courses is available in the course catalogue.

Applications - Please note

  • Applicants are required to attach in pdf format their latest diploma/transcript, together with a copy of the front page of their passport. Some faculties also require certain other supporting documents, i.e. statement of purpose, CV and references.
  • Citizens of countries outside the EEA/EFTA (exempting the Faroe Islands and Greenland), applying for studies at the University of Iceland, are required to pay a fee* of € 50 (ISK 8,000) for the handling and processing of their applications. The fee is charged as part of the online application process and is payable by credit card only, VISA or Mastercard. The handling and processing fee is NOT refundable.

(Online application form - International students)

Registration fee

The annual registration fee for the University of Iceland is ISK 75,000.

Exchange students

Please note: The application form for international students is not for those applying for an exchange programme. Applications for exchange programmes must be submitted prior to 1st March for non-EEA citizens and before 1st May for EEA citizens. The student is required to have completed at least 60 ECTS at their home institution, and there must be an active agreement of cooperation between the home institution and the University of Iceland. An application form and further information is available on the international exchange student information site.

*The handling and processing fee for applications from citizens of countries outside EEA/EFTA, exempting the Faroe Islands and Greenland, is charged as authorized by Item g of Art. 24. of the Public Higher Education Institutions Act, no. 85/2008 (amended 1 July 2013). As determined by the University Council on 3 October 2013, the fee is included in the University's Tariff for various services to students etc. The fee will be charged for applications pertaining to the academic year 2014-2015 and later.



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