University of Iceland (Reykjavík)


University of Iceland (Reykjavík) is a universitywide partner in Reykjavík, Iceland.

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General information for exchange students

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Academic calendar

Semester I: last week of August - 3rd week of December
Semester II: 2nd week of January - 2nd week of May

Orientation generally commences in the last week of August for Semester I and in the 1st week of January for Semester II.

Exams take place early December for Semester I and late April until the 2nd week of May for Semester II.

Please note that there is a semester overlap when you go to this university during the first semester.

Academic calendar



Areas of study open to exchange students

All areas.


  • The faculties of Medicine, Psychology and Pharmaceutical Sciences are restricted
  • The faculties of Law and Economics do not accept undergraduate students
  • To be accepted at the Faculty of Earth Sciences, you need to have adequate academic background knowledge in this area of study.
Courses at Master’s level


Language of instruction

The main language of instruction is Icelandic. Several faculties offer a steadily increasing number of courses in English.

Housing assistance

The University of Iceland does not provide or guarantee housing for students.

The supply of on-campus housing is very limited and most students live off-campus. Please note that the demand for apartments for rent in Reykjavik is very high and finding accommodation can be very difficult.

More information about housing. 

Estimated living costs per month

Estimated living costs are around 213,000 ISK per month. This is around 1,400 EUR. (Estimate from 2022).

You can find a more detailed breakdown of expenses here.


Normal study load per term
in credits: 30 ECTS
in courses: 2 – 15

Grading system: 0.00 – 10.00 (in steps of 0.5)
Minimum pass: 5.00

Number of places available

4 places per year.


Selection was not necessary in the past few years.



If you have any questions about this universitywide partner university, contact the universitywide International Office.