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University of Iceland

The University of Iceland is a public research university in Reykjavík, Iceland, and the country’s oldest and largest institution of higher education. Founded in 1911, it has grown steadily from a small civil servants’ school to a modern comprehensive university, providing instruction for about 14,000 students in twenty-five faculties. Teaching and research are conducted in social sciences, humanities, law, medicine, natural sciences, engineering and teacher education. It has a campus concentrated around Suðurgata street in central Reykjavík, with additional facilities located in nearby areas as well as in the countryside.

Master’s degree programs

The University of Iceland offers more than two hundred diplomas and degree programmes at the graduate level. Post-graduate diplomas are usually 30 or 60 ECTS, while Master’s degree programmes are either 90 or 120 ECTS. Doctoral degree programmes are at least 180 ECTS. This list comprises international programmes designed for international and Icelandic students alike, as well as programmes that can be taught in English upon request. All programmes listed can therefore be completed by international students.


The Icelandic Ministry of Education, Science and Culture awards annually a number of scholarships to foreign students for the study of the Icelandic language, literature and history at the University of Iceland, Reykjavík. The scholarships are intended for students of language and literature – push the title “Scholarship” to know more.

Read the stories of students who studied at the University of Iceland.
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