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University of Iceland


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International Office




Exchange students





Contact information

University of Iceland

All incoming & outgoing to non-


International Office

European countries:


Háskólatorg, Sæmundargata 4

Ms. Aníta Hannesdóttir – outgoing:


101 Reykjavík

anita@hi.is – incoming: incoming@hi.is






Outgoing to European countries:


Tel: +354 525 4311, Fax: +354 525 5850

Harpa Sif Arnarsdóttir: hsa@hi.is








Ms. Friðrika Harðardóttir - fridrika@hi.is





Erasmus code



EUC number







Autumn term



Non-EEA/EFTA citizens: 1 March



EEA/EFTA European citizens: 1 May



Spring term



Non-EEA/EFTA citizens: 1 August



EEA/EFTA European citizens: 1 October


The application documents should be posted latest on the day of the application






Nomination of

International coordinators are requested to nominate their students online at least

exchange students

two weeks before the respective deadline






Online application

Further information and an access to the online application will be sent to nominated







An online application (with course selection)


A printed version of the online application (signed by the student and his/her






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One passport photograph


Transcript of records. Original in English or a Nordic language (DK, NO, SE, IS)


– with a university stamp mark (no copies)


Late or incomplete applications cannot be considered. Original documents are


required, faxed/scanned forms are not accepted.




University of Iceland - International Office

documents must be

Incoming student exchange application

sent to

Háskólatorg, Sæmundargata 4


101 Reykjavík





Application status

Students can keep track of their application status online at:





Academic year

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, http://english.hi.is/university/academic_calendar



Expected date of

Approx. 19 August – 1 September (varies between schools/faculties) and the first


week of January for the spring semester. Exact dates will be given to students after




All exchange students are required to arrive in time for the start of the


semester and to attend the orientation meeting.



Programmes on

Education Studies, Teacher Education, Engineering, Computer Science, Physical


Sciences, Life and Environmental Sciences, Earth Science, Food Science and


Nutrition, Humanities, Languages, Business, Law, Political Science, Social and


Human Studies (http://english.hi.is/university/courses_english).



Programmes closed

MBA is closed.

to exchange

The Faculty of Economics is closed.


The Faculties of Medicine, Nursing and Pharmaceutical Sciences are


restricted to prior agreements between the exchanging faculties.


The Faculty of Law does not accept undergraduates (who have finished less


than five terms).


Courses in the English Language Programme are only available to exchange


students majoring in English at their home university or students who are


very proficient in English (except the course “English for Practical Purposes”)


Courses taught in Icelandic are generally not open to exchange students,


(except Nordic students and students who can speak, write and understand





Course catalogue

General Course Catalogue: http://english.hi.is/university/study_programmes_0


Courses taught in English: http://english.hi.is/university/courses_english



Credits and grading

60 ECTS credits amount to one year offull-timestudy and 30 ECTS credits


constitute one term’sfull-timestudy. Further information on credits and grading


system: http://english.hi.is/university/credit_system_and_grades



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Language of

The principal language of instruction at the University is Icelandic, but most faculties


give courses in English as well. Various programmes are taught entirely in English.


Examples of these are Medieval Studies, graduate studies in Environment and


Natural Resources, studies in Renewable Energy Engineering, International Studies


in Education, Earth Science and an international L.L.M. programme.




We do not request a TOEFL score (or similar) but rather rely on our partner


institutions to evaluate the student’s English proficiency and to only nominate


students with excellent knowledge of English. This is to make sure students do not


have problems during their exchange period as they cannot expect any special


assistance due to language problems. Aself-assessmentof English proficiency is


included in the student application.



Icelandic language

The Faculty of Icelandic and Comparative Cultural Studies offers a full degree


programme in Icelandic for international students.


Intensive Language Preparation Course in Icelandic for Exchange Students is


organised by the Office of International Education and is held in August each year.


Further information: http://studyiniceland.is/page/ilpc








An introductory session for all new international students is held at the start of each


semester. The organisation and requirements for the study program are presented.


Various events are available to students during the first week in the autumn


semester, among others a guided tour on campus, concerts, lectures etc. Please


note: Students are required to attend the orientation meeting.



Student residency

An EEA/EFTA citizen may stay and study in Iceland without changing their domicile


for up to six months from the date of arrival in the country. If the student resides


longer in Iceland, he should register his right to residency with the Registers Iceland,


(i. Þjóðskrá Íslands). When requesting registration a student needs to present: a


certificate from an accredited educational institution (acceptance letter),


documentation confirming means of support, a passport or another valid travel


document, birth certificate and certificate of health insurance(E-104).These


documents have to be in English or a Nordic language. Residence in another Nordic


country is not deducted from the residency period.


Citizens of countries outside the EEA/EFTA must obtain a student residency


permit before entering Iceland. The deadline for submitting an application to the


Directorate of Immigration (i. Útlendingastofnun) is 1 July for the autumn semester


and 1 November for the spring semester.


Instructions on how to apply for a student permit in Iceland can be found in the


booklet “How to Apply for a Student Permit in Iceland” (which is available online:


english.hi.is/practical_information) and on the website of the Directorate of


Immigration (www.utl.is).



Health Issues

European (EEA/EFTA) students must bring the European Health Insurance Card


(EHIC) and/or the insurance formE-104.This is proof that they are entitled to health


insurance at home. For further information or if in doubt, see the website of Icelandic


Health Insurance, www.sjukra.is.



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Students from non-EEA/EFTA/Nordiccountries should have health insurance



from an insurance company in their country that is licensed to operate in Iceland, or



buy insurance from an Icelandic insurance company, for the first six months of their



stay. The cost of such insurance is approximately ISK 15,000.





Applicants for a student permit coming from Central and South America, including



Mexico,non-EEAEuropean countries, Asia or Africa must undergo a medical



examination with respect to infectious diseases. If the applicant, in the opinion of a



physician, has a valid medical certificate from the applicant’s home country, which



has been issued less than three months before, the applicant concerned does not



have to undergo a medical examination. People coming from the EEA (other than



Romania and Bulgaria), Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, the USA and Canada



do not have to submit such a medical certificate, see www.landlaeknir.is.



Students in need of a health check should go to the Division of Communicable



Disease Control at arrival. Information in the Guide for International Students.






Mentor system


To help exchange students get a good start, the University of Iceland has a well-



organised Mentor system. The main task of the Mentor person is to provide the



student with practical information about the University of Iceland and Icelandic



society, as well as to introduce him/her to students and student life in general.




Cost of living


The estimated cost of living in Iceland for a single person is ISK 163,635 per month



(minimal support guidelines set by the municipalities).





Bus fare from Keflavík Airport to Reykjavík


ISK 1,950




Overnight stay at a hostel






Rent for a single room






Access to a swimming pool


ISK 550




Movie ticket


ISK 1,350+






ISK 4,750+




Daily newspaper


ISK 425+




Public bus ticket


ISK 350+




Bus card valid for a month in Reykjavík


ISK 9,300




1 loaf of bread


ISK 400




1 liter of milk


ISK 150




Glass of beer (0.5l)


ISK 850




Bottle of wine


ISK 1,600+




Lunch at a restaurant


ISK 1,800+




Dinner at a restaurant


ISK 3,500+




1 liter of petrol/gasoline


ISK 250+





Transcript of


Exchange students get two copies of their transcript of academic records free of



charge at the end of their stay. They are sent directly to the home university (or



ISEP when applicable).






Further information


Guide for International Students is published for each academic year and can be



found at http://english.hi.is/practical_information.









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