Iceland is the second largest island in the North Atlantic Ocean. Situated on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, it is a hot spot of volcanic and geothermal actives; with an incredibly beautiful nature and vast open spaces. Natural hot water supplies much of the population with cheap, pollution-free heating, and rivers are harnessed to provide inexpensive hydroelectric power.
Iceland is one of the most sparsely populated countries in Europe, with an average of about three inhabitants per square kilometre. Almost four-fifths of the country is uninhabited, the population being limited to the coast and the lowlands plains.
Average length of a full-time higher education programme:
Tuition fee for non EU-students:
Icelandic universities offer a wide variety of excellent educational possibilities. Iceland follows the Bologna process for Higher Education which means that studies in Iceland are fully compatible with studies elsewhere in Europe.
The main challenge for international students in Iceland is the language. Almost everyone in Iceland understands and speaks English but most studies are carried out in Icelandic, so it is necessary to learn the language, at least to some degree.
Number of higher education institutions: 7
Number of students in higher education: 18,111
Number of international students in higher education: 1,507
Accommodation approx. 700 euros
There are student flats near most of the universities in Iceland. Students are advised to contact their school for further information. The international office at your host university assists students in finding housing.
Students attending the University of Iceland can apply for housing from the Icelandic Student Services (Félagsstofnun stúdenta). The Service operates student apartments and is responsible for allocating flats.
Housing costs depend on the location, quality of the accommodation and on the season but the prices per month usually range from €700–900+.
Food approx. 350 euros
Studies and personal requirements (books, culture, recreation): approx. 100 euros
The ISIC (International Student Identity Card) card is the most advantageous card for all students. It allows cardholders to get student discounts for transport, restaurants, cinemas, museums, exhibitions and concerts.
Total per month approx. 900 Euros
The average monthly living expenses for a student in Iceland are approximately 900-1100 euros.
You may apply for the student visa at the competent representative authority at the earliest six months before your planned travel date. You should not apply later than 15 calendar days before your planned stay.
Contact your EUCAS advisor for more details.
All international students, from non-EU countries, can work part-time while studying but the need a work permit.
If you are a citizen of a country that is not part of the EU, you can be employed during your studies with a work permit and work 15 hours a week during your study period.