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Vocational studies for people with disabilities


Vocational studies for people with disabilities

- Diploma

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Is the vocational studies programme for you? 

Do you want to work with people? 

Do you want to learn about people with disabilities struggle for their rights? 

Do you want to be part of a university community for everyone? 

The programme is taught in Icelandic.


Focus on human rights

The  programme is part of the Faculty of Health Promotion, Sports and Leisure Studies. Students who receive their diploma from this inclusive program graduate with other university students. The programme is comprised of general courses from different programmes and is half-time for two years. 

In the programme, students prepare for jobs that fall under various fields within education, such as in preschools, afterschool programs and social programs or for jobs dealing with the empowerment of people with disabilities, fighting for their rights and participation in society. The students’ connection to the labour market is emphasized to increase the students’ possible participation in their communities. The programme strongly focusses on human rights and the rights of disabled people. 


Teaching and learning support 

Courses and assignments are based on all students in the programme collaborating with each other. Thus, the students are part of peer support in the courses. In addition, the project coordinators support the students as needed. Personal support for the activities of daily life are not provided, but students who need that support can attend the programme with their personal assistants or advocates. Instruction takes place as part of the regular courses of the university. There are times, such as when projects are due or at the end of the semester, when there is more to do. The course schedule for each semester is published right before the semester begins. Students attend classes about 10 hours per week, but are expected to work on projects outside of class time. Students take part in two internships, each lasting four to six weeks. They are expected to spend more time at their internships. 

Who can take part in the programme? 

Applications are accepted every other year and the program accepts a limited number of students. Three factors are important when considering the applicants. Interest in learning and working in the field, completing upper secondary and/or continuing education and work experience.

Admission requirements

Undergraduate studies

Students' comments

Margeir Þór Hauksson
Vocational diploma programme

I applied to the programme so I could become more educated. I have found the university to be very nice. What stands out is having courses with students in other majors. I got a job at the center where I did my internship; I wanted to work there after graduation. It is great fun to be at the university, so I urge everyone to apply who is interested.

Arnbjörg K. Magnusdóttir
Vocational diploma programme

I applied for the programme because what I heard about it was exciting to me. The programme is great. It has increased my confidence, and I’ve met new people. I was in the preschool programme and learned many new things I can take advantage of in my work with preschool children. When I graduate, I want to work in a preschool. I urge everyone who is interested to to apply because of the great opportunities it gives.

Mynd að ofan 
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The study is strongly linked to internships, both in the courses and in on-the-job training at the internships. This is an individualized programme based on the needs and interests of each student. The programme is built on the philosophy of education for all, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and the policies of the University of Iceland. 

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Examples of internships

  • After school programmes
  • Community centers 
  • Preschools 
  • NGOs 
  • The struggle for rights for people with disabilities 
  • Youth associations and volunteer organizations 
  • Various other organizations 

Contact Us

School of Education Office of Academic and Student Affairs is located in Stakkahlíð, on the first and second floors in the west end of the Enni building.

Tel:+354 525 5950

Email: menntavisindasvid@hi.is

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