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Academic Calendar

The academic year is divided into two semesters, autumn and spring, each semester lasting thirteen weeks. The academic calendar varies somewhat from one faculty to another.

The Autumn semester begins in late August /early September with examinations in December, while the Spring semester begins in early January with the examinations completed by the middle of May.

The University Academic Calendar holds all important dates in regards to studies, such as the start of teaching, examination periods, and the deadline for dropping courses.

Spark - Your knowledge benefits the world

Íslensk útgáfa hér

Do you want to better understand your strengths, enhance your network, and simultaneously learn how to apply your knowledge and ideas for the benefit of society? Would you like to work with a diverse group of students on new solutions to contemporary challenges, such as climate change and social well-being?

Upcoming Aurora opportunities

The Aurora universities offer many exciting opportunities for their students and staff across the universities to develop their skills. In addition there are opportunities to impact the development of the Aurora collaboration. Below you find information about upcoming opportunities and don‘t hestitate to participate.


Do you want to gain international experience in your studies? Find out about courses at Aurora universities and other opportunities offered to students.

Applications for Exchange Studies

Applying online for exchange studies is easy. Students can use the Partner University Database to see available options.
Applications are submitted online along with supporting documents. The International Division processes applications and nominates students to host universities. The host university has to accept the application as well.

Students need to register for full time 30 ECTS credits per semester while on exchange and get their studies transferred back to UI partially or in full.

The general application deadline is 1 February each year (or the next business day if the application deadline is on a public holiday).

The exchange process step-by-step

Regulation no. 244-2014

Regulation on the tariff of the University of Iceland for various services to students etc., and the collection and disposition of the registration fee, no. 244/2014, with appendices

with subsequent amendments

Article 1.  Collection of revenue in addition to that allocated from the national budget.

In accordance with Article 24 of the Act on Public Higher Education Institutions no. 85/2008, the University of Iceland is authorised to collect revenue in addition to that allocated from the national budget. The University Council shall establish more detailed regulations concerning the collection and disposition of the fee in accordance with the same article of law. This tariff and Regulation are established in conformity with this.

Application Requirements

Applications for study in the Viking and Medieval Norse program should be directed to the University of Iceland. Applications for study are received through an online portal every year from mid December through January with a deadline on February 1st. A link to the online application form can be found below.

  • Please study the entry requirements before applying
  • Please read the following instructions before proceeding to the online application form

Incomplete applications will not be processed. Late applications are not accepted.

University Council Committees

Standing committees

Regulation no. 890-2016

Regulation on doctoral study and doctoral degrees at the University of Iceland School of Health Sciences, no. 890/2016

with subsequent amendments

Authorised translation

Article 1.  Scope.

The Regulation on doctoral study and doctoral degrees at the University of Iceland School of Health Sciences is established in consideration of the Criteria and requirements for the quality of doctoral studies at the University of Iceland and the Regulation for the University of Iceland, no. 569/2009. The School of Health Sciences Regulation on doctoral study and doctoral degrees forms the framework for rules at the School’s faculties.