University of Iceland

Student residence permit for non-EEA/EFTA citizens

Important note!

Due to new immigration legislation coming into force on January 1st 2017, the information on this page may be subject to change. The information on the Directorate of Immigration website is unfortunately still being updated and thus may reflect accurate information on current legislation. For further queries please contact the Directorate of Immigration,

Non-EEA/EFTA citizens who intend to study in Iceland must apply for a student permit at the Directorate of Immigration before arrival. Please visit the website of the Directorate of Immigration for detailed information on the application process.

Applicants from countries outside the EEA/EFTA are not allowed to enter Iceland without a permit. However, if you do not require a travel visa to visit Iceland (for example, citizens of the United States and Canada) you may enter the country while your residence permit application is in process.

Before arrival


Upon arrival


During the stay


Leaving Iceland


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