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Student Orientation


Information for students

At the beginning of the semester, new first-year students at The School of Health Sciences are invited to presentations at their faculty or department. There they receive valuable information about the programme and first steps at the University. 

Course Catalogue

Many things must be taken into account when enrolling in university. The UI Course Catalogue is the ultimate guide for students during their studies. It includes detailed information on programmes and courses, and key information about the academic year, registration, fees, examinations and more. The Course Catalogue is published once annually. Students are encouraged to review practical information in the Course Catalogue.

Student Counselling and Career Centre

The University of Iceland Student Counselling and Career Centre (UISCCC) provides University students with several kinds of support and services during their studies, such as advice on course and programme selection, work methods and resources for disabled students or students with special needs. Students can book an appointment with a counsellor or come during drop-in hours. Further information on the service can be found on the UISCCC website.

UI services and facilities

The University strives to offer students excellent facilities and a high a level of services, so their time at the University can be spent effectively and enjoyable. See a list of services and facilities available for students.

Academic calendar

Academic calendar, current links
NOTE: The academic calendar is displayed with provisions for possible amendments.

The academic year

The academic year commences 1 July and is divided into two teaching semesters; the autumn semester from 20 August to 18 December and the spring semester from 4 January to 10 May. Instruction in the autumn commences at the end of August or beginning of September. Timetables (in Icelandic) are posted on the Icelandic version of the Faculty's homepage. Registered students can also display their own personal timetables on their Ugla internet homepage, by clicking "My timetable".


The Christmas break is from 19 December until 4 January, and the Easter break from the Wednesday before Maundy Thursday until the Tuesday after Easter Monday, inclusive of the first and last day of each break. In addition to these holidays, there are no classes on the First Day of Summer, on 1 May, and 1 December.