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Students and COVID-19

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The organisation of teaching in the spring semester 2021 was determined first and foremost by the recommendations of the Chief Epidemiologist and other authorities.

Online teaching formed the foundation of the 2021 spring semester, but the University is also focusing on options for on-campus learning, particularly for new students, on the condition that it complies with the current instructions of the Chief Epidemiologist and the authorities. 

Priority for on-campus learning was given to discussion periods, tutorials and similar classes, teaching in artistic subjects, practical teaching and clinical training. The goal was to plan the semester so that operations continue uninterrupted despite the potential for sudden changes and so that everything is as close to normal as possible. 

The University of Iceland Emergency Response Board meets regularly to plan contingency measures in response to the COVID-19 epidemic and sends announcements to students and concerning measures when necessary.

Below are answers to the questions that may arise among students. Do you have more questions? Please contact us via the webchat in the lower right hand corner of this page.

University of Iceland emergency  response plan for COVID-19

Life on campus

Physical and psychological health

Written projects and final theses 

Exchange and international students

The University of Iceland welcomes international students for the Academic Year 2021-2022.  As the situation regarding the COVID-19 differs between countries we advise exchange students and international students to follow the advice given by their home university and the authorities. 

PhD students and postdoctoral researchers

Application for study

Applications are being accepted for international students for studies starting autumn 2021. The deadline was 1 February 2021. After you have submitted your application, you need to stay up to date with the progression of your application, mesasges in the University of Iceland Communication Portal. You will find this information under the “Application – overview” tab.

For further information on application and status please send an e-mail to 

High-risk areas / travel

Student Loan Fund, summer jobs and unemployment benefits

Further information

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