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New Exchange Students at the University of Iceland – Spring 2021

The University of Iceland will welcome exchange students for the 2021 spring semester. As the situation regarding the Covid-19 differs between countries and is constantly changing we advise exchange students to follow the advice given by their home university and the authorities in their home country. 

Guidelines for those who come from abroad to study or work at the University of Iceland

Online teaching with the possibility of some on-campus learning

The teaching at the University of Iceland for the 2021 spring semester will be planned as online teaching. At the same time, we will seek to use classrooms for on-campus learning as far as circumstances allow. 

The Orientation will be online 4 January and students do not need to be in Iceland to participate. We recommend that students check the bottom of the academic calendar page for when the school or faculty that their courses belong to start, to see when they should be in Iceland.

Physical presence at the University of Iceland is required for exchange students. A purely virtual mobility is not an option.

The University is open to students and staff, but public health restrictions apply. The authorities have given universities additional leeway to use classrooms for on-campus learning, allowing people to keep one metre apart in this context rather than following the two metre rule which generally applies. It remains the case that face masks must be used where it is not possible to keep this distance and that no more than 100 people may be in any one space.

When planning the use of classrooms for on-campus learning, the University will be guided by the following principles:

  • The needs of new students will be prioritised when organising on-campus learning.
  • We will seek to ensure that all students at the University of Iceland are able to access some on-campus learning this autumn semester (e.g. discussion periods, practical and clinical teaching), where circumstances permit and when needed.
  • Lectures taking place in UI classrooms will, as far as possible, either be live-streamed or recorded and uploaded to Canvas. Teachers are also encouraged to prerecord their lectures if possible.
  • Faculties/departments and schools are responsible for organising on-campus learning.

The University of Iceland will of course keep you informed of any changes to University operations, should the instructions from the Chief Epidemiologist change. 

We recommend that students do not engage in expenses such as flight tickets and housing unless they are sure that they will be able to travel and/or that they can get a refund.

Further information about the university´s response to Covid-19 

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions incoming@hi.is

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