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Study in Iceland

Below you can find various information on the subject of studying in Iceland. If there is something you would like to enquire about further, please feel free to contact the Embassy, and we will gladly be of assistance to you.

Link: The Educational System in Iceland

View of Reykjavík from the sea

Photo: Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson


Universities in Iceland

Presently, there are seven nationally accredited institutions in Iceland providing various programmes at different levels. Additionally, there are also institutions providing higher education in specialised areas in co-operation with one of the seven accredited institutions.

Most of the higher education institutions are run by the state or private parties with state support. Currently there are approximately 18.000 students enrolled in the higher education system, of which about 5% are international students.

Here you can find direct links to the websites of the seven universities in Iceland.

Other higher education institutions

In Iceland, there are also a few institutions providing higher education in specialised areas in co-operation with other accredited institutions, i.e. one of the seven universities that are found in Iceland, or a foreign accredited institution.

On the left margin, you can find direct links to the websites of those institutions offering higher education in Iceland in collaboration with an accredited institution. Below is a short description of each of them.

Keilir, Atlantic Centre of Excellence

Offers bachelor programmes in Energy, Technology and Mecatronics. Accredited by the University of Iceland.

Website: Keilir

Iceland School of Energy

Iceland School of Energy is a part of Reykjavík University and offers graduate education in sustainable energy: including hydro, geothermal and wind power.

Website: Iceland School of Energy

University Centre of the Westfjords

Offers a Master's degree in Coastal and Marine Management. Accredited by the University of Akureyri.

Website: University Centre of the Westfjords

The Reykjavik Academy of Singing and Vocal Arts

Offers teachers training and soloist training at the undergraduate level. Accredited by the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music in the UK.

Website: The Reykjavik Academy of Singing and Vocal Arts

Tuition fees for students enrolling in one of the universities in Iceland differ between institutions, and the amount can depend on whether the institution is state or privately owned. In fact, there are no tuition fees at all when it comes to the state owned universities. However, you have to pay a compulsory, non-refundable registration fee which is somewhere in the region of 400 CAD, depending on institution.

Please find further information about fees on each school's website.

Scholarships are awarded separately by individual institutions, please find further information on each school's website.

Icelandic Government Scholarships

The Icelandic Ministry of Education, Science and Culture awards annually a number of scholarships to foreign students for study of the Icelandic language, literature and history at the University of Iceland. The scholarship program is administered by the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic studies, Sigurður Nordal office.

Website: Icelandic Government Scholarships

If you are a citizen of a country which is not a member of the European Union (EU) and wish to study in Iceland for more than three months, you must have a residence permit granted before you enter Iceland.


Application for a residence permit in Iceland is handled by the Directorate of Immigration. The applicant must be registered as a full time student at a university, vocational school, or other studies meeting university admission requirements.

Processing time

Estimated processing time for applications is 90 days from the date of receiving adequate documentation. If supporting documents are missing or inadequate, the processing time will lengthen. The Embassy would like to advise those who wish to study in Iceland to act quickly and hand the application in as early as possible.

Processing fee

Please visit the website of the Directorate of Immigration in Iceland for detailed information on the processing fee. 

Link: Directorate of Immigration - Processing fee

Further information

Please visit the website of the Directorate of Immigration in Iceland for detailed information on the application process, documentation needed, and next steps to take in order to become an enrolled student in one of Iceland's fine universities.

Website: Directorate of Immigration

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