University of Iceland
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
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.
ELIGIBILITY + TIMING
Who can go?
Only Arts, Science and Engineering students are eligible to apply to this partner university.
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.
Course equivalency formula
ECTS credits divided by 2 = UBC credits
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.)
* 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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Types of accommodation available
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.