Overview

University of Iceland

City: Reykjakvik
Language of instruction: English

The University of Iceland is located in Reykjakvik and offers a multitude of courses in Social Sciences, Humanities, and Sciences in English as well as language courses.

The University of Iceland was established in 1911, on the centenary of the national hero of Iceland, Icelandic statesman Jón Sigurðsson. With over 13,000 students, the university offers nearly four hundred undergraduate and graduate degree programs organized into 5 academic schools and 25 faculties. In addition, the University of Iceland is an internationally renowned research university.

In Iceland, summers are surprisingly warm and winters are not as cold as you might expect. Iceland is also very close to Europe. Icelanders are proud that they still speak the ancient language of the vikings, but they certainly don´t just live in the past. Their cherished ancient heritage lives on in harmony with the most exciting innovations from the world of arts and culture today.

This refreshing mix of local, traditional, progressive and cosmopolitan culture appeals to almost every taste.

Partner university's areas of study

ArtsEngineeringForestryLand and Food SystemsScience

Notes on Language of Instruction

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, and Earth Science.

The Faculty of Icelandic and Comparative Cultural Studies offers a full degree programme in Icelandic for international students.

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ELIGIBILITY + TIMING

Terms offered

Term 1Term 2Full year Term 1 + 2 (UBC Term 1 start)

Who can go?

Only Arts, Science and Engineering students are eligible to apply to this partner university.

Term dates

UI semester 1: Mid August to Late December

UI semester 2: Early January to Mid May

Notes on eligibility and timing

An introductory session for all new international students is held at the start of each semester. The organization and requirements for the study program are presented. Various events are available to students during the first week in the fall semester, among others a guided tour on campus, concerts, lectures etc. Please note: Students are required to attend the orientation meeting.

A Guide for International Students is published for each academic year and contains helpful information for your stay at the University of Iceland.

Courses + Transfer Credits

Credits

Course equivalency formula

ECTS credits divided by 2 = UBC credits

Passing grade

5

Credit transfer process

The transfer credit process takes approximately 16 weeks following each submission deadline.  You should allow sufficient time to meet important deadlines that may affect you (e.g., application for graduation, registration in courses that require prerequisites that you took on exchange, entry to a major/honours program, etc.)

Information about the transfer credit portal.

Course Information

* Students who have special requirements or require academic accommodation should contact a Go Global advisor regarding their needs at least six weeks prior to the application deadline.

Type of Go Global Experiences

Exchange (pay UBC tuition)Graduate research

Course information and restrictions

The Faculty of Economics is closed to exchange students.

Courses taught in Icelandic are generally not open to exchange students, (except Nordic students and students who can speak, write and understand Icelandic).

Students who have finished their undergraduate studies can enrol in courses associated with a Graduate Diploma in Small States and European Integration as part of their exchange studies.

Full course load information

30 ECTS per semester

Partner Course Information

Transfer credits and equivalent courses at this university

Check out the courses that students have successfully transferred back in the last 3 years. If you don't see a course you need listed, it simply means you need to submit the course to be evaluated through the Transfer Credit Portal while on exchange.

* Areas of study at partner universities are subject to change. This list is to be used as a general guideline and is not exhaustive; research the partners' websites for additional course information.

UBC Vancouver

Applied Science (Engineering)
UBC course: CIVL 311
Title: Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering 2
Partner course code: BYG116F
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-01-25
Arts
UBC course: ARTS 1st
Title: Icelandic Vocabulary 2
Partner course code: �SE 0007
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2012-11-08
UBC course: ARTS 1st
Title: Self Study in Icelandic - Grammar
Partner course code: �SE 001G
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2012-11-08
UBC course: ARTS 1st
Title: Self Study in Icelandic 2 - Grammar
Partner course code: �SE 009G
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2012-11-08
UBC course: ARTS 2nd
Title: Ipod: Technology of the Self
Partner course code: ABF 601G
Language of instruction: Not available
Evaluated date:
UBC course: ENGL 2nd
Title: Gods and Heroes, Family Saga, Folk Tales and Fairy Tale
Partner course code: MEX001G-086
Language of instruction: Not available
Evaluated date:
UBC course: ENGL 2nd
Title: Humor
Partner course code: 315G
Language of instruction: Not available
Evaluated date:
UBC course: ENGL 362
Title: British Fiction in the 19th Century
Partner course code: ENS 333G
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-11-19
UBC course: ENGL 472
Title: American Fiction 1900-1950
Partner course code: ENS 602M
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-11-19
UBC course: FIST 3rd
Title: The Hollywood Musical
Partner course code: ENS 331G
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-11-20
UBC course: GEOB 308
Title: Glacial Geology
Partner course code: JAR 407G
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2012-12-21
UBC course: GEOG 4th
Title: Landscape, views of nature and land use
Partner course code: LAN 512G
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-03-14
UBC course: GRSJ 3rd
Title: "Unspeakable Wrongs": Violence, Narratives, and Collective Identities
Partner course code: ABF 420G
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-02-15
UBC course: HIST 237
Title: American History and Culture
Partner course code: ENS 204G
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-08-26
UBC course: LING 2nd
Title: English Linguistics: The Facts and the Theories of Language
Partner course code: ENS 442G
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-07-25
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: European Integration
Partner course code: STJ 317G
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-02-18
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Human and National Security
Partner course code: STJ 439G
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-03-21
UBC course: SCAN 1st
Title: Icelandic - the Basics
Partner course code: �SE 025G
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-02-27
UBC course: SCAN 2nd
Title: Danish Grammar I
Partner course code: DAN 204G
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-02-27
UBC course: SCAN 332
Title: Being Icelandic: Icelandic Folk Tales, Folk Beliefs, and Folk Culture
Partner course code: ÞJÓ 004G
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-11-30
UBC course: SCAN 3rd
Title: Icelandic Culture
Partner course code: ISE 014G
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-09-02
UBC course: SCAN 3rd
Title: Introduction to the History of Iceland: From Settlement to Modern Times
Partner course code: SAG 036G
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-11-30
UBC course: SCAN 3rd
Title: Nordic Mythology
Partner course code: VEL 212F
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-09-02
UBC course: SCAN 3rd
Title: Icelandic Society - Contemporary perspectives of its specific status and commonality in the internat
Partner course code: FEL 428G
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-11-13
UBC course: SOCI 3rd
Title: Latin American Pop Culture
Partner course code: SPAE 410M
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-03-25
UBC course: SOCI 3rd
Title: THE SOCIOLOGY OF SOCIAL MOVEMENTS AND SOCIAL CHANGE: THE WOMEN’S MOVEMENT
Partner course code: FEL 435G
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-03-25
Education
UBC course: SCAN 3rd
Title: Icelandic Nature and Cultural Legacy
Partner course code: MEX 202G
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-02-27
UBC course: SCAN 3rd
Title: Danish Language usage and Acquisition
Partner course code: GSS 329G
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-02-27
Science
UBC course: EOSC 329
Title: Groundwater Hydrology
Partner course code: JED502M
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-12-15
UBC course: EOSC 350
Title: Introduction to Geophysics
Partner course code: JED 104G
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-01-08
UBC course: EOSC 3rd
Title: Introduction to the Geology and Geography of Iceland
Partner course code: JAR106G
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-09-23
UBC course: EOSC 3rd
Title: Geology & Geography of Iceland
Partner course code: JAR 106G
Language of instruction: Not available
Evaluated date: 2014-09-23
UBC course: EOSC 3rd
Title: Current Crustal Movements
Partner course code: JE� 106G
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-04-10
UBC course: EOSC 3rd
Title: Igneous Petrology
Partner course code: JAR 108G
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-01-09
UBC course: EOSC 3rd
Title: Current Crustal Movements
Partner course code: JED 505G
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-01-09
UBC course: EOSC 3rd
Title: Glaciology
Partner course code: JAR 609G
Language of instruction: Not available
Evaluated date: 2014-10-24
UBC course: EOSC 420
Title: Volcanology
Partner course code: JAR 610G
Language of instruction: Not available
Evaluated date: 2014-10-24
UBC course: EOSC 454
Title: Geophysical Exploration
Partner course code: JE� 504M
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-10-31
UBC course: EOSC 472
Title: Chemical Oceanography
Partner course code: JAR 503M
Language of instruction: Not available
Evaluated date: 2014-10-22
UBC course: EOSC 4th
Title: The Arctic Circle
Partner course code: UAU 018M
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-11-16
UBC course: EOSC 4th
Title: Geothermal Energy
Partner course code: JAR 508M
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-04-14
UBC course: EOSC 4th
Title: Geothermal Energy
Partner course code: JAR 601M
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-01-08

UBC Okanagan

Arts and Sciences
UBC course: ARTS 1st
Title: Being Icelandic:Icelandic Folktales
Partner course code: ThJO 004
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-05-07
UBC course: ARTS 1st
Title: Icelandic- The Basics
Partner course code: ÍSE 025
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-12-24
UBC course: ARTS 1st
Title: Pronunciation and Speech
Partner course code: ISE 004
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-05-07
UBC course: ARTS 1st
Title: Icelandic Nature and Cultural Legacy
Partner course code: MEX 020
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-05-07
UBC course: EESC 2nd
Title: Intro to Geophysics
Partner course code: Geophysics JED104G
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-07-30
UBC course: EESC 2nd
Title: Soils and Vegetation
Partner course code: Soils Veg LAN106G
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-07-30
UBC course: EESC 3rd
Title: Life in the Universe / Astrobiology
Partner course code: LIFE UNIV EDL620M
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-07-30
UBC course: EESC 3rd
Title: Geology & Geography of Iceland
Partner course code: Geology JAR106G
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-07-30
UBC course: EESC 3rd
Title: Geochemical Analysis I
Partner course code: Geochem An JAR502M
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-07-30
UBC course: EESC 3rd
Title: Geothermal Energy Resources
Partner course code: Geo Energy JAR601M
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-07-30
UBC course: EESC 3rd
Title: Glaciology
Partner course code: GLACIOLOGY JAR609G
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-07-30
UBC course: EESC 3rd
Title: Volcanology
Partner course code: VOLCANOLOG JAR610G
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-07-30
UBC course: EESC 3rd
Title: Current Crustal Movements
Partner course code: CURRENT CR JED505G
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-07-30
UBC course: EESC 431
Title: Glacial Geology
Partner course code: GLACI GEOL JAR407G
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-07-30
Tuition, Fees and Awards

Exchange tuition

15 credits or equivalent full-time program fee per term, paid to UBC. Some exceptions may apply.

Scholarships + awards

The Go Global award $1000

All students accepted to Go Global for Exchange, Research Abroad, or Study Abroad programs are automatically considered for this award. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you'll be notified of your award after you're accepted to Go Global and after you get nominated to apply to the partner university.

Additional awards

Students who are eligible for awards may receive one UBC or UBC-affiliated international learning award. If you're eligible, you are always offered the highest-value award. Unless stated otherwise, you need to meet eligibility criteria set out by the University Senate regarding awards.

Check out international learning awards and eligibility.

Information for US students

If you are a student from the United States, please check the US Department of Education Lookup Tool to ensure that any partner institution you wish to attend on Exchange is Title IV ‘eligible’ forFederal Student Aid for the year in which you intend to study there. For institutions outside of the US, select “Foreign Country” from the “State” dropdown menu.

If you attend an eligible institution, then you may receive Title IV federal student loans while on Exchange.

If you attend an ineligible institution:

  • You will not be eligible for US federal student loans,
  • You may invalidate any US student aid you have previously received for your studies at UBC,
  • You may be required to immediately begin repaying your US student loans, and
  • You may not be eligible for any future US student aid for the remainder of your studies at UBC.
Housing

Types of accommodation available

Off-campusOn-campus

Housing notes

While it is, of course, best to secure accommodation before you move to Iceland, this may not always be possible. If you need temporary accommodation during your first days in Iceland, a guesthouse or a 
youth hostel may be the best short-term solution while you are looking for more permanent housing. 
For a list of hotels and guesthouses in Iceland, go to accommodation.is or hotelscombined.com.

Rentals: The University of Iceland does generally not secure accommodation to students. The rental market in 
Reykjavik is challenging.

Accepted international students will be given access to a database with available accommodation for the academic year. Students select the accommodation from the list and contact the landlord directly. The 
University of Iceland does not guarantee the rentals, and students rent the rooms at their own responsibility. Once you have confirmed the room to your given landlord, the contract is binding, so it is important to have all the information necessary before confirming the room.

Student housing office offers students at the University of Iceland a very limited number on-campus housing at a fair price.  Please note that the supply is very limited.

Information on Accommodation

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