University of Iceland

The University of Iceland, founded in 1911, is a progressive educational and scientific institution, renowned in the global scientific community for its research. It is a state university, situated in the heart of Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. The University of Iceland is organised into five schools: Social Sciences, Health Sciences, Humanities, Education, Natural Sciences and Engineering, offering nearly four hundred different courses of study.

The University of Iceland is the only university in Iceland offering undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in all major academic fields. The University of Iceland has a great deal to offer both exchange and regular international students, on all academic levels, and most faculties offer courses in English.

Some of the resources available at the University are uniquely Icelandic. These include the manuscripts preserved in the Árni Magnússon Institute, Icelandic census records dating from 1703, exceptionally complete genealogical data and climatological, glaciological, seismic and geothermal records. The University of Iceland also holds a leading role in sustainable energy and environmental research.

The University of Iceland reached an important milestone during its centennial in 2011 when it was ranked among the 300 best universities in the world by Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Since then the University has moved up by 6 seats; positioned now at no. 271. As there are 17,000 universities in the world, the University of Iceland is proud to be ranked among the top two per cent.

Exchange Program Fact Sheet

Facts and figures

Year Established 1911
Total Number of Staff 1368
Number of Academic Staff 644
Number of Students 13782
Focus Areas

Social sciences
Health sciences
Natural sciences and engineering

Fields of Study Offered Teacher training and education science (broad programmes)
Humanities (broad programmes)
Social and behavioural science (broad programmes)
Journalism and information (broad programmes)
Business and administration (broad programmes)
Law (broad programmes)
Life science (broad programmes)
Physical science (broad programmes)
Mathematics and statistics (broad programmes)
Computing (broad programmes)
Engineering and engineering trades (broad programmes)
Architecture and building (broad programmes)
Health (broad programmes)
Social services (broad programmes)
Environmental protection (broad programmes)

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