Regulation no. 319-2009 on admission requirements

Regulation on admission requirements for undergraduate study at the University of Iceland, no. 319/2009

with subsequent amendments

Authorised translation

CHAPTER I

Article 1.  In General.

Students commencing undergraduate studies for their first degree from the University of Iceland shall have obtained an Icelandic matriculation examination or an equivalent qualification from a foreign school. Faculties may set additional admission requirements, as outlined in further detail in Articles 3 - 23 of this Regulation.

Those who have completed one year of study (60 credits) from a recognised university or college at university level can be considered to have met the general admission requirements for undergraduate study, in accordance with paragraph 1, regardless of whether they have obtained an Icelandic matriculation examination or an equivalent qualification from a foreign school. Further details on the admission of such individuals can be found in Articles 3 - 23 of this Regulation.

Exemptions from the requirement of an Icelandic matriculation examination may be granted in accordance with the provisions of the University central regulation, further determined by the University Council.

Regulations specific to each faculty apply to admission requirements for postgraduate study; these are established by the University Council and published in the course catalogue and on the faculty websites.

Article 2.  Information on admission requirements.

Information on admission requirements for each faculty shall be presented in the course catalogue, on the University website and in introductory material for new students. It must be clearly stated that admission requirements can differ between faculties and programmes; therefore, registration in one faculty or programme does not automatically bestow the right to register in another.

Instructions shall furthermore be provided on further preparation recommended for specific programmes, with reference to number of credits in certain subjects at the upper-secondary school level, or other considerations.

CHAPTER II. Admission requirements for faculties in the School of Social Sciences.

Article 3.  Faculty of Social and Human Sciences.

To enrol at the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences a student must have obtained an Icelandic matriculation examination or an equivalent qualification from a foreign school. A qualification from the Department of Preliminary Studies at Reykjavik University (formerly the Technical University of Iceland and the Icelandic Technical College) is considered equivalent to an Icelandic matriculation examination and satisfies the admission requirements for BA programmes within the Faculty. A qualification from the Department of Preliminary Studies at Keilir satisfies the admission requirements for the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, on the condition that the applicant has completed studies intended for those planning further studies in the humanities or social sciences. Recommended preparation depends on the objectives of the selected programme. Further information may be found in the course catalogue and introductory material for new students.

Article 4.  Faculty of Social Work.

To enrol at the Faculty of Social Work a student must have obtained an Icelandic matriculation examination or an equivalent qualification from a foreign school. A qualification from the Department of Preliminary Studies at Reykjavik University (formerly the Technical University of Iceland and the Icelandic Technical College) is considered equivalent to an Icelandic matriculation examination and satisfies the admission requirements for BA programmes within the Faculty. A qualification from the Department of Preliminary Studies at Keilir satisfies the admission requirements for the Faculty of Social Work, on the condition that the applicant has completed studies intended for those planning further studies in the humanities or social sciences. Recommended preparation depends on the objectives of the selected programme. Further information may be found in the course catalogue and introductory material for new students.

Article 5.  Faculty of Economics.

To commence a BS or BA programme at the Faculty of Economics a student must have obtained an Icelandic matriculation examination from an academic programme or an equivalent qualification as judged by the Faculty. A qualification from the Department of Preliminary Studies at Reykjavik University (formerly the Technical University of Iceland and the Icelandic Technical College), or an Icelandic matriculation examination from a business programme with extracurricular study in accordance with the national curriculum guide for upper-secondary schools, is considered equivalent to an Icelandic matriculation examination from an academic programme and satisfies the admission requirements for BS and BA programmes within the Faculty. A qualification from the Department of Preliminary Studies at Keilir satisfies the admission requirements for the Faculty of Economics, on the condition that the applicant has completed studies intended for those planning further studies in business administration. It is recommended that applicants to BS programmes have completed at least 21 credits in mathematics and 15 credits in English.

[Students wishing to commence undergraduate studies in economics shall sit an entrance examination in accordance with relevant further regulation.]1 [The regulation on the admission of new students to the University of Iceland Faculty of Economics, no. 188/2012, shall not be applied in the 2017-2018 academic year.]2

1Amended by Article 1 of Regulation no. 193/2012.
2Amended by Article 1 of Regulation no. 67/2017.

Article 6. Faculty of Law.

[To enrol at the Faculty of Law a student must have obtained an Icelandic matriculation examination or an equivalent qualification from a foreign school. A qualification from the Department of Preliminary Studies at Keilir satisfies the admission requirements for the Faculty of Law. It is recommended that applicants have an Icelandic matriculation examination from an academic programme or equivalent, with emphasis on proficiency in the Icelandic language.]1

[Students wishing to commence undergraduate study in law shall sit an entrance examination, cf. Regulation on admission of new students and entrance examinations for the Faculty of Law.]2

1Amended by Article 1 of Regulation no. 463/2009.
2Amended by Article 1 of Regulation no. 931/2013.

Article 7. Faculty of Political Science.

To enrol at the Faculty of Political Science a student must have obtained an Icelandic matriculation examination or an equivalent qualification from a foreign school. A qualification from the Department of Preliminary Studies at Reykjavik University (formerly the Technical University of Iceland and the Icelandic Technical College) is considered equivalent to an Icelandic matriculation examination and satisfies the admission requirements for BA programmes within the Faculty. A qualification from the Department of Preliminary Studies at Keilir satisfies the admission requirements for the Faculty of Political Science, on the condition that the applicant has completed studies intended for those planning further studies in the humanities or social sciences. Recommended preparation depends on the objectives of the selected programme. Further information may be found in the course catalogue and introductory material for new students.

Article 8.  Faculty of Business Administration.

[To commence a BS programme at the School of Business a student must have obtained an Icelandic matriculation examination or an equivalent qualification as judged by the Faculty.]1 A qualification from the Department of Preliminary Studies at Reykjavik University (formerly the Technical University of Iceland and the Icelandic Technical College), or an Icelandic matriculation examination from a business administration programme with extracurricular study in accordance with the national curriculum guide for upper-secondary schools, is considered equivalent to an Icelandic matriculation examination and satisfies the admission requirements for BS programmes within the Faculty. A qualification from the Department of Preliminary Studies at Keilir satisfies the admission requirements for the School of Business, on the condition that the applicant has completed studies intended for those planning further studies in business administration. It is recommended that applicants have completed at least 15 credits in English and at least 12 credits in mathematics.

1Amended by Article 1 of Regulation no. 274/2015.

CHAPTER III. Admission requirements for faculties in the School of Health Sciences.

Article 9.  Faculty of Nursing.

[To enrol at the Faculty of Nursing a student must have obtained an Icelandic matriculation examination or an equivalent qualification from a foreign school. A qualification in [engineering and physical sciences from the Department of Preliminary University Studies at Keilir (formerly Department of Preliminary Studies)]2 satisfies the admission requirements for the Faculty of Nursing. [Applicants who have completed preliminary studies for admittance to other universities can apply for exemption from these admission requirements. If an exemption is granted, the applicant shall be considered equal to those who meet the formal requirements that pertain to the selection of applicants for admission to the Faculty of Nursing, cf. Regulation no. 24/2015.]2 Recommended preparation in accordance with the 2011 national curriculum guide for upper-secondary schools is: Qualification level 3 in Icelandic, English and mathematics. In addition it is recommended that the student has completed 10 uscr at level 3 in chemistry and/or mathematics and 5 uscr at level 3 in biology.

Students wishing to commence BS study in nursing shall sit an entrance examination, cf. Regulation on admission of new students and entrance examinations for the Faculty of Nursing, no. 24/2015.]1

1Amended by Article 1 of  Regulation no. 22/2015.
2Amended by Article 1 of  Regulation no. 352/2017.

Article 10.  Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

To enrol at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences a student must have obtained an Icelandic matriculation examination from an academic programme or an equivalent qualification from a foreign school. It is recommended that applicants have an Icelandic matriculation examination from a natural sciences programme with an emphasis on chemistry. [A qualification in engineering and physical sciences from the Department of Preliminary Studies at Keilir satisfies the admission requirements for the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences.]1

1Amended by Article 1 of Regulation no. 215/2011.

Article 11.  Faculty of Medicine.

[To enrol at the Faculty of Medicine a student must have obtained an Icelandic matriculation examination or an equivalent qualification from a foreign school. Students who have obtained a qualification in engineering and physical sciences from the Department of Preliminary Studies at Reykjavik University (formerly the Technical University of Iceland and the Icelandic Technical College) or the Department of Preliminary Studies at Keilir are considered to have fulfilled the admission requirements of the Faculty.]1 

Students are admitted to study medicine or physical therapy on the basis of an entrance examination in accordance with relevant further regulation. The entrance examination is based in part on upper-secondary school course material, but also tests general knowledge, ethics and logical thinking.

1Amended by Article 2 of Regulation no. 193/2012.

Article 12.  Faculty of Food Science and Nutrition.

[To enrol for studies in food science or nutrition at the Faculty of Food Science and Nutrition a student must have obtained an Icelandic matriculation examination or an equivalent qualification. It is recommended that applicants have an Icelandic matriculation examination from a natural sciences programme. Students who have obtained a qualification from the Department of Preliminary Studies at Reykjavik University (formerly the Technical University of Iceland and the Icelandic Technical College) are considered to have met the admission requirements of the Faculty. A qualification in engineering and physical sciences from the Department of Preliminary Studies at Keilir is considered equivalent to an Icelandic matriculation examination.

Students are admitted to the second semester of study in nutrition on the basis of a competitive examination held at the end of the first semester in conformity with University regulation on competitive examinations.]1

1Amended by Article 3 of  Regulation no. 215/2011.

Article 13.  Faculty of Psychology.

To enrol at the Faculty of Psychology a student must have obtained an Icelandic matriculation examination or an equivalent qualification. It is recommended that applicants have an Icelandic matriculation examination from an academic programme. [A qualification from the Department of Preliminary Studies at Keilir is considered equivalent to an Icelandic matriculation examination.]1

1Amended by Article 4 of Regulation no. 215/2011.

Article 14.  Faculty of Odontology.

An Icelandic matriculation examination from an academic programme or an equivalent qualification from a foreign school are required for admission to odontology or the BS in Dental Technology. Students who have obtained a qualification in engineering and physical sciences from the Department of Preliminary Studies at Keilir are considered to have met the admission requirements of the Faculty. It is recommended that applicants have a good knowledge of biology, physics and chemistry.

Competitive examinations are held in December at the end of the first semester of the first year or study.

CHAPTER IV. Admission requirements for faculties in the School of Humanities.

Article 15.  [Faculty of Languages and Cultures.]2

[To enrol at the [Faculty of Languages and Cultures]2 a student must have obtained an Icelandic matriculation examination from an Icelandic upper-secondary school or an equivalent qualification from a foreign school. A qualification from the Department of Preliminary Studies at Keilir satisfies the admission requirements for the [Faculty of Languages and Cultures,]2 on the condition that the applicant has completed studies intended for those planning further studies in the humanities or social sciences. Recommended preparation depends on the objectives of the selected programme. Further information may be found in the course catalogue and introductory material for new students.]1

1Amended by Article 2 of Regulation no. 463/2009.
2Amended by Article 2 of Regulation no. 67/2017.

Article 16.  Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies.

[To enrol at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies a student must have obtained an Icelandic matriculation examination or an equivalent qualification from a foreign school. A qualification from the Department of Preliminary Studies at Keilir satisfies the admission requirements for the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies on the condition that the applicant has completed studies intended for those planning further studies in the humanities or social sciences. It is recommended that applicants have an Icelandic matriculation examination from an academic programme, with emphasis on Icelandic, Danish, English, history and the social sciences.]1

1Amended by Article 3 of  Regulation no. 463/2009.

Article 17.  Faculty of Icelandic and Comparative Cultural Studies.

[To enrol at the Faculty of Icelandic and Comparative Cultural Studies a student must have obtained an Icelandic matriculation examination from an Icelandic upper-secondary school or an equivalent qualification from a foreign school. A qualification from the Department of Preliminary Studies at Keilir satisfies the admission requirements for the Faculty of Icelandic and Comparative Cultural Studies on the condition that the applicant has completed studies intended for those planning further studies in the humanities or social sciences.

To commence the BA in Icelandic as a Second Language a student must furthermore obtain a minimum grade on an assessment examination held at the beginning of each academic year. Recommended preparation depends on the objectives of the selected programme. Further information may be found in the course catalogue and introductory material for new students.]1

1Amended by Article 4 of Regulation no. 463/2009.

Article 18.  Faculty of History and Philosophy.

[To enrol at the Faculty of History and Philosophy a student must have obtained an Icelandic matriculation examination from an Icelandic secondary school or an equivalent qualification from a foreign school. A qualification from the Department of Preliminary Studies at Keilir satisfies the admission requirements for the Faculty of History and Philosophy on the condition that the applicant has completed studies intended for those planning further studies in the humanities or social sciences. Recommended preparation depends on the objectives of the selected programme. Further information may be found in the course catalogue and introductory material for new students.]1

1Amended by Article 5 of Regulation no. 463/2009.

CHAPTER V. Admission requirements for faculties in the School of Education.

Article 19.  Faculty of Teacher Education.

[To commence a B.Ed. programme at the Faculty of Teacher Education a student shall have obtained an Icelandic matriculation examination from an Icelandic upper-secondary school or an equivalent qualification from a foreign school. A qualification from the Department of Preliminary Studies at Keilir or from the Department of Preliminary Studies at Reykjavik University (formerly the Technical University of Iceland and the Icelandic Technical College) is considered equivalent to an Icelandic matriculation examination and satisfies the admission requirements for a B.Ed. programme within the Faculty. Recommended preparation depends on the objectives of the selected programme. Further information may be found in the course catalogue and introductory material for new students.]1

To commence the Diploma in Teaching Studies for Certified Master Tradesmen at the bachelor level in the Faculty of Teacher Education a student must have obtained a fully valid qualification in a trade (letter of master's certification), art, technology or vocational subject which may be taught at the primary or secondary school level in a specific subject or field.

[To commence the B.Ed. programme in Vocational Education and Training (VET) Pedagogy in the Faculty of Teacher Education a student must have obtained a fully valid qualification in a trade (a master tradesman license), art, technology or vocational subject which may be taught at the primary or secondary school level in a specific subject or field. A student must also have obtained either (a) an Icelandic matriculation examination, or (b) the Diploma in Teaching Studies for Certified Master Tradesmen at the bachelor level from the Faculty of Teacher Education and five years' employment experience in the subject.]1

1Amended by Article 2 of Regulation no. 137/2013.

Article 20.  Faculty of Sport, Leisure Studies and Social Education.

[To commence a BA or BS programme a student must have obtained an Icelandic matriculation examination from an Icelandic upper-secondary school or an equivalent qualification from a foreign school. A qualification from the Department of Preliminary Studies at Keilir or from the Department of Preliminary Studies at Reykjavik University (formerly the Technical University of Iceland and the Icelandic Technical College) is considered equivalent to an Icelandic matriculation examination and satisfies the admission requirements for BA and BS programmes within the Faculty. Recommended preparation depends on the objectives of the selected programme. Additionally, those who plan to pursue the BS in Sport and Health Sciences must reach the set standard for grade 10 in swimming in accordance with the national curriculum guide for primary schools.

Those applicants who have completed a qualification from the Developmental Therapist School of Iceland may obtain the BA in Social Education by completing 30 specific additional credits (see the course catalogue).

Those applicants who have completed a qualification from the Physical Training Instructor School of Iceland may obtain the BS in Sport and Health Sciences by completing 60 specific additional credits (see the course catalogue).

Further information can be found in the course catalogue and introductory material for new students.]1

1Amended by Article 3 of Regulation no. 137/2013.

Article 21.  Faculty of Education Studies.

[To commence a BA programme a student must have obtained an Icelandic matriculation examination from an Icelandic secondary school or an equivalent qualification from a foreign school. A qualification from the Department of Preliminary Studies at Keilir or from the Department of Preliminary Studies at Reykjavik University (formerly the Technical University of Iceland and the Icelandic Technical College) is considered equivalent to an Icelandic matriculation examination and satisfies the admission requirements for a BA programme within the Faculty. Recommended preparation depends on the objectives of the selected programme. Further information may be found in the course catalogue and introductory material for new students.]1

1Amended by Article 4 of Regulation no. 137/2013.

CHAPTER VI. Admission requirements for faculties in the School of Engineering and Natural Sciences.

[Article 22.  General provisions.

Anyone who has completed a three-year university degree in any subject meets the requirements to enrol in faculties in the School of Engineering and Natural Sciences. Applicants holding qualifications from a foreign school or university are reminded that they are also required to understand written and spoken Icelandic.]1

1Amended by Article 6 of Regulation no. 215/2011.

[Article 23.  Faculty of Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science.

To enrol at the Faculty a student must have obtained an Icelandic matriculation examination or an equivalent qualification. A level four qualification from the engine practice programme at the Technical College Reykjavik (formerly the Engineering College of Iceland), a qualification from the Department of Preliminary Studies at Reykjavik University (formerly the Technical University of Iceland and the Icelandic Technical College) or a qualification in engineering and physical sciences from the Department of Preliminary Studies at Keilir is considered equivalent to an Icelandic matriculation examination. Applicants holding qualifications from a foreign school or university are reminded that they are also required to understand written and spoken Icelandic.

Recommended preparation for a programme in engineering: It is strongly recommended that the applicant have completed at least 24 credits (40 upper-secondary school credits, uscr) in mathematics and 30 credits (50 uscr) in the natural sciences (at least 6 (10 uscr) of which are in physics).

Recommended preparation for a programme in computer science: It is strongly recommended that the applicant have completed at least 21 credits (35 uscr) in mathematics.]1

1Amended by Article 7 of Regulation no. 215/2011.

[Article 24.  Faculty of Earth Sciences.

To enrol at the Faculty a student must have obtained an Icelandic matriculation examination or an equivalent qualification. A qualification from the Department of Preliminary Studies at Reykjavik University (formerly the Technical University of Iceland and the Icelandic Technical College) or a qualification in engineering and physical sciences from the Department of Preliminary Studies at Keilir is considered equivalent to an Icelandic matriculation examination. Applicants holding qualifications from a foreign school or university are reminded that they are also required to understand written and spoken Icelandic.

[Required preparation]1 for the programme in geology: 21 credits (35 uscr) in mathematics and 30 credits (50 uscr) in the natural sciences, at least 6 (10 uscr) of which are in physics, 6 (10 uscr) in chemistry and 6 (10 uscr) in geology.

[Required preparation for the programme in geophysics: 21 credits (35 uscr) in mathematics and 30 credits (50 uscr) in the natural sciences, at least 6 (10 uscr) of which are in physics, 6 (10 uscr) in chemistry and 6 (10 uscr) in geology.]1

[Recommended preparation for the programme in geophysics: It is strongly recommended that the applicant have completed 24 credits (40 uscr) in mathematics.]1

1Amended by Article 2 of Regulation no. 274/2015.

Article 25.  Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences.  

To enrol at the Faculty a student must have obtained an Icelandic matriculation examination or an equivalent qualification. A qualification from the Department of Preliminary Studies at Reykjavik University (formerly the Technical University of Iceland and the Icelandic Technical College) or a qualification from the Department of Preliminary Studies at Keilir is considered equivalent to an Icelandic matriculation examination. Applicants holding qualifications from a foreign school or university are reminded that they are also required to understand written and spoken Icelandic.

Recommended preparation for a programme in biology: 21 credits (35 uscr) in mathematics and 30 credits (50 uscr) in the natural sciences, at least 6 (10 uscr) of which are in physics, 6 in chemistry and 6 in biology. A qualification from the Department of Preliminary Studies at Keilir is only valid if it is in engineering and physical sciences.

Article 26.  Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

To enrol at the Faculty a student must have obtained an Icelandic matriculation examination or an equivalent qualification. A level four qualification from the engine practice programme at the Technical College Reykjavik (formerly the Engineering College of Iceland), a qualification from the Department of Preliminary Studies at Reykjavik University (formerly the Technical University of Iceland and the Icelandic Technical College) or a qualification in engineering and physical sciences from the Department of Preliminary Studies at Keilir is considered equivalent to an Icelandic matriculation examination. Applicants holding qualifications from a foreign school or university are reminded that they are also required to understand written and spoken Icelandic.

Recommended preparation for a programme in engineering: It is strongly recommended that the applicant have completed at least 24 (40 uscr) credits in mathematics and 30 credits (50 uscr) in the natural sciences (at least 6 (10 uscr) of which are in physics).

Article 27.  Faculty of Physical Sciences.

To enrol at the Faculty an applicant shall have obtained an Icelandic matriculation examination or an equivalent qualification consisting of at least 21 credits (35 uscr) in mathematics and 30 credits (50 uscr) in the natural sciences, at least 6 (10 uscr) of which are in physics, 6 in chemistry and 6 in biology. A qualification from the Department of Preliminary Studies at Reykjavik University (formerly the Technical University of Iceland and the Icelandic Technical College) or a qualification in engineering and physical sciences from the Department of Preliminary Studies at Keilir is considered equivalent to an Icelandic matriculation examination. Applicants holding qualifications from a foreign school or university are reminded that they are also required to understand written and spoken Icelandic.

[It is strongly recommended that applicants for the BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, jointly run by the Faculty of Physical Sciences and the Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, have completed 21 credits in mathematics and 30 credits in the natural sciences, at least 6 of which are in physics, 6 in chemistry and 6 in biology.]1

For programmes in physics, chemistry (specialising in physical and analytical chemistry) and mathematics it is strongly recommended that the applicant have completed at least 24 credits (40 uscr) in mathematics.

1Amended by Article 1 of Regulation no. 498/2011.

Article 28.  Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering 

To enrol at the Faculty a student must have obtained an Icelandic matriculation examination or an equivalent qualification. A level four qualification from the engine practice programme at the Technical College Reykjavik (formerly the Engineering College of Iceland), a qualification from the Department of Preliminary Studies at Reykjavik University (formerly the Technical University of Iceland and the Icelandic Technical College) or a qualification in engineering and physical sciences from the Department of Preliminary Studies at Keilir is considered equivalent to an Icelandic matriculation examination. Applicants holding qualifications from a foreign school or university are reminded that they are also required to understand written and spoken Icelandic.

Recommended preparation for a programme in engineering: It is strongly recommended that the applicant have completed at least 24 credits (40 uscr) in mathematics and 30 credits (50 uscr) in the natural sciences (at least 6 (10 uscr) of which are in physics).]1

1Amended by Article 8 of Regulation no. 215/2011.

CHAPTER VII. Establishment and entry into force.

[Article 29.]1  Entry into force

The University Council has established this Regulation based on the recommendations of the relevant schools and with reference to paragraph 3, Article 18 of the Act on Public Higher Education Institutions no. 85/2008.

The Regulation enters into force immediately and will apply to the admission of students as of the academic year 2009 – 2010. At the same time Regulation no. 573/2005 on admission requirements for the University of Iceland with subsequent amendments is repealed.

1Amended by Article 8 of Regulation no.  215/2011.



 

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