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Students and COVID-19

Students and COVID-19 - Available at University of Iceland

The aim at the University of Iceland is on keeping education as normal as possible for the school year 2021-2022. However, teaching and other operations at the University come under general restrictions.

The main rules at the University are as follows at the beginning of spring semester:

  • Physical distancing limits: Generally the 2 metre rule applies in UI buildings. Face masks must be worn where it is not possible to respect the 2 metre rule. The face masks must be used correctly.
  • The maximum number of students permitted in each space is 50. Mixing between groups is permitted.
  • The maximum number of staff members permitted in each space is 20. Staff are permitted to move between spaces.
  • There are no limits on the number of people permitted in common spaces, such as entrances and corridors.
  • To reduce the risk of infection, we recommend that people wear face masks in corridors.
  • Everyone is encouraged to take precautions to prevent infection.
  • Staff members are encouraged to discuss working arrangements with their managers. 
  • Electronic meetings are encouraged.

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.

Life on campus

Organisation of exams 

Exams are held as planned, in accordance with the examination schedule which contains organisational details, e.g. whether an exam is an on-campus exam (written) or a take-home exam. On-campus exams are permitted in line with current public health restrictions. 

Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Examination checklist on Ugla. It includes instructions regarding exams on Inspera.

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. 

Application for study

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

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

High-risk areas/travel

Further information