Study In Iceland - Requirements,Tuition Fees,Cost of Living & Universities

This is a comprehensive guide on studying in Iceland as an international student. This detailed post will give you all the necessary information you will need about studying in Iceland as an international student. It will answer most frequently asked questions such as


How to study in Iceland

Why study in Iceland

Cost of studying in Iceland

Universities in Iceland for international students

Cost of living in Iceland for international students

How to get a visa to study in Iceland

How to apply and study in Iceland

Tuition fees to study in Iceland

Applying to study in Iceland

Applications are submitted directly to each university, with requirements and deadlines varying between institutions.

Public universities do not charge tuition fees, but there is a ‘registration fee’. This varies between universities, but for an example the University of Iceland currently charges about US$470 per year. Private universities charge both tuition and registration fees, which vary depending on the course and institution. Fees are usually higher for students from outside the EU.

The University of Iceland advises students to allow about US$980 per month to cover accommodation and other living expenses.

The country’s official and main language is Icelandic. Other major languages in Iceland include Danish and English, which are both widely spoken and are both compulsory subjects at Icelandic schools.

At universities in Iceland, most undergraduate courses are taught in Icelandic. At the master’s and PhD levels, however, a considerable number of English-led programs are available.

Applying to universities in Iceland

Selecting Universities:

Selecting universities is a very time consuming and important process not only from the admission point of view but also because applying to universities is very expensive. Hence it has to be restricted to around 6 or 8 universities which are best matched for your requirements.

The best university for you may not be the famous ones, but those that offer you your field of study as well as meet the other criteria important to you.

Requesting Application Forms:

There are two ways to get application forms:

1. Requesting Application Forms via email : You can request application forms from the universities website. Most universities have a form on their website which can be completed online to request application material.

2. Downloading from the university website : Many universities have a downloadable and ready to print versions of their application forms on the net. These can be used for applying just as regular forms.

Application Requirements:

Once you start receiving application forms and material, go through the material in detail and check the application deadline, minimum scores required in the standardized tests, recommendation letters needed and other such information.

Tabulate all these requirements and compare them with your objectives and group the universities under three categories :

1. Schools that seem to match your requirements

2. Schools that are not suited to your needs

3. Schools that do not completely fit in any of the above two categories

Recommendation letters:

Many universities have their own format and questions that have to be answered by the person who is giving the letter of recommendation on your behalf. Letters, which do not give enough information, can jeopardize a candidate’s chances of selection.

School records/Academic transcript:

The transcripts of your academic record are absolutely essential to the evaluation of your academic abilities. Your official transcript or academic record is the objective part of your application. Academic records greatly vary from one education system to the other. Systems of evaluation or grading and the formats used to present this information also differ widely.

Undergraduate : Students who are applying for a Bachelor program or any other undergraduate course would be required to submit a secondary school report and transcripts (report cards) of the final exams. The report form should be filled out by a school official like the principal, counselor or headmaster. This form should introduce you in the context of your whole school experience in relationship to the other students in your class. Admission committees will be interested in learning how you have performed in your own educational system. The school report should talk about your accomplishments and provide a statement of your chances for success in university-level studies.

Graduate : Students applying for Graduate courses (MBA, MS etc) are required to submit an official transcript from each college or university that they have attended after secondary school with complete details of the subjects, credits involved and other details like correspondence courses, diplomas etc. Most universities ask for the transcript to be sealed in an envelope and signed and attested across the seal by the registrar. This procedure is to be done for each and every college that you have attended. Some universities may ask for more than one transcripts but most require only one.

The tuition fees and cost in Iceland for international students

The cost of studying in Iceland actually depends on the specific school you attend. All the universities and colleges in Iceland have different tuition fees.

Tuition fees and cost of studying in Iceland as an international student

Iceland is one of the countries in Europe with the cheapest tuition fees for their universities. Although the tuition fees vary among universities,the average tuition fees for an international student to study in Iceland is about US$470 per year.

Like other countries public universities in Iceland are cheaper than the private universities and the tuition fees also depends on the course of study. Courses such as medicine and pharmacy are the most expensive.

The cost of living in Iceland is on the average. As an international student you will need about US$980 per month to cover all your expenses which includes accommodation,feeding,transport. The cost of living will also depend on the lifestyle and spending habit of a student.


Universities in Iceland use Icelandic as the official language and to enroll into universities in Iceland,you have to be ready to learn their language . English is also used in Iceland universities but mainly for post-graduate studies.


There are scholarships in Iceland for international students,to know the scholarship options available for you,contact the university you want to enroll into directly.


International students can also work part time in Iceland while studying,to do so,a student must apply for a work permit.

Cost of living in Iceland according to expatistan


Housing            [Edit]

            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area

264,367 kr

            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area

205,485 kr

            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat

12,259 kr

            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area

182,233 kr

            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area

137,596 kr

            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio

7,530 kr

            Internet 8 Mbps (1 month)

6,391 kr

            40” flat screen TV

87,599 kr

            Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands)

18,780 kr

            Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.)

1,831 kr

            Hourly rate for cleaning help

3,261 kr

Clothes [Edit]

            1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar)

15,289 kr

            1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers)

8,625 kr

            1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands)

19,567 kr

            1 pair of men’s leather business shoes

23,682 kr

Transportation  [Edit]

            Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new

3,453,550 kr

            1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas

196 kr

            Monthly ticket public transport

11,304 kr

            Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles)

3,265 kr

Personal Care   [Edit]

            Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands)

1,474 kr

            1 box of antibiotics (12 doses)

2,130 kr

            Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes)

4,456 kr

            1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...)

716 kr

            Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.)

679 kr

            Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.)

941 kr

            4 rolls of toilet paper

481 kr

            Tube of toothpaste

399 kr

            Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city

5,027 kr

Entertainment    [Edit]

            Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub

6,000 kr

            2 tickets to the movies

3,106 kr

            2 tickets to the theater (best available seats)

8,997 kr

            Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert

13,306 kr

            1 cocktail drink in downtown club

2,191 kr

            Cappuccino in expat area of the city

588 kr

            1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.)

1,050 kr

            iPad Air 2, 64GB

106,024 kr

            1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans)

20 kr

            1 month of gym membership in business district

8,321 kr


Visa to study in Iceland

To study in Iceland as an international student, you require a visa. Below are the requirements and process to get an Iceland visa.

What documents will be required?

For the consideration of a visa application, the following documents must be presented:

           a completed application for visa and 2 photographs;

           an approved, valid travel document, in practice a passport. The passport must remain valid for at least 3 months after the intended journey has ended;

           documents showing the purpose of and the preconditions for the intended stay (e.g. an invitation, which is not, however, a condition for issuing a visa);

           sufficient funds for subsistence, considering the duration of the intended stay and a return journey to the country of departure or a possible continuation of the journey to a third country, or a document proving that the applicant can lawfully acquire such sufficient funds (e.g. cash, a credit card, tickets, a commitment of the inviter to bear the costs for the applicant’s stay, and similar evidence may be needed).

Time required to issue visa

2 days to 8 weeks, depending on nationality and resident status. Certain nationals must apply in person (contact Consulate or Consular section at Embassy for further details).

Tourist Visas:

Applicants must meet the following criteria in order to be granted a visa:

           Fulfill the conditions for a visa according to the Schengen acquis.

           Have a valid passport, or other valid and recognized travel document. Validity shall be at least three months beyond the period of the visa being applied for.

           The applicant must have permission to travel back to his home country or another country, valid at least three months beyond the validity of the visa.

           Not be subject to any reason for denial of entry or expulsion according to Sections 18 or 20 of the Act on Foreigners no. 96/2002.

           Not be considered to be a threat to public policy, internal security or public health as defined in Article 2(19) of the Schengen Borders Code or to the international relations of any of the Member States, in particular where no alert has been issued in Member States’ national databases for the purpose of refusing entry on the same grounds.

           Possess sufficient means of subsistence both for the duration of the intended stay and for the return to his country of origin or residence, or for the transit to a third country into which he is certain to be admitted, or be in a position to acquire such means lawfully.

           The applicant must leave Iceland/the Schengen-area when his visa expires. If the Directorate deems that the applicant might stay beyond than the validity period of the visa, a visa may be refused.

Applicants for a uniform visa shall prove that they are in possession of adequate and valid travel medical insurance to cover any expenses which might arise in connection with repatriation for medical reasons, urgent medical attention and/or emergency hospital treatment or death, during their stay(s) on the territory of the Member States.

When lodging an application, the applicant shall:

           present a signed application form

           present a travel document

           present a passport size photograph

           allow the collection of his fingerprints, where applicable

           pay the visa fee

           provide supporting documents:

1.         documentation indicating the purpose of the journey, e.g. confirmation of the booking of an organised trip or any other appropriate document indicating the envisaged travel plans,

2.         documentation proving means of substenance (bank statement),

3.         documentation allowing for the assessment of the applicant‘s intention to leave the territory of the member states.


List and ranking of all the universities in Iceland

This is the list and ranking of all the universities in Iceland. The ranking is based on the quality of education each of the university provides and also the available academic and social facilities in the university. So below is the list of the of all the universities in Iceland and their ranking




Rank    University         Location

1          Háskóli Íslands


2          Háskólinn í Reykjavík


3          Háskólinn á Akureyri


4          Listaháskóli Íslands


5          Háskólinn á Bifröst


6          Hólaskóli, Háskólinn á Hólum

Sauðárkrókur ...

7          Agricultural University of Iceland


Courses you can study at universities in Iceland

Accounting and Finance

Aeronautical engineering

Manufacturing engineering






Art and Design

Oral science


Biological sciences


Business management

Chemical engineering


Civil engineering

Ancient history

Mass communication

Computer science


Creative writing






Electrical engineering


Film making

Food science


General engineering






Material technology


Mechanical engineering

Medical technology












Veterinary medicine

Items to pack while going to study in Iceland

In your carry-on bag

           Cell phone and charger

           Boarding pass(es)

           Cash (bring American dollars and the currency of your host location or money you can exchange for it—enough to use in case of an emergency, but not more money than you can afford to lose)

           Copy of birth certificate

           Copy of Social Security card

           Credit card (notify your bank that you’ll be abroad before you leave to avoid your account being frozen)

           Debit card


           E-reader or book

           Emergency contact list

           Face wipes


           Hand sanitizer


           Health insurance card


           Prescription medication(s) you usually take (make sure you bring enough refills to last your entire trip—but future prescriptions can go in your checked luggage)

           School ID

           Spare outfit (in case your luggage gets lost or delayed)

           State ID

           Student visa

           Travel itinerary

           Travel pillow

           Travel tickets (if you’re taking a train or other transport after your plane lands)



           Acne medication/cream

           Face lotion/moisturizer


           Mini shampoo & conditioner (until you get the chance to get full-sized bottles in your new country)

           Mouthwash (small)

           Soap (mini bottle if you're using body wash)





           Bobby pins


           Contacts, solution and case (again, make sure you have all the contacts you'll need for your time abroad)

           Glasses and glasses case

           Hair ties



           Nail clipper




           Tampons and pads



You will likely have the opportunity to do laundry on your trip, and you'll be able to purchase detergent in your host country.

           Downy Wrinkle Release spray

           Linens/towels (if your housing doesn’t have them)

           Portable stain remover pen

           Travel sheet (for hostels)


           Athletic sneakers (1)

           Bathing suits (1-2)

           Boots (1-2)

           Bras (2 sports bras, 2 regular bras, 1 strapless/convertible bras)

           Casual dresses (2)

           Everyday comfortable shoes (1-2)

           Flats (1)

           Flip-flops (1)

           Formal outfit (1-2)

           Gloves (1, if weather appropriate)

           Going-out outfit (3-5)

           Hat (1)

           Heavier coat for colder climates (1)

           Heels (1-2)

           Jacket (2; a light one and one for colder weather, if applicable)

           Jeans (2, one black & one blue)

           Jewelry (remember that bringing jewelry to another country is always a risk; don’t bring anything too valuable!)

           Leggings (1-3)

           Long-sleeve shirts (3-5)

           Pajamas (2-3)

           Pants (1-2 nice pairs)

           Purse (1-2)

           Raincoat (1)

           Scarf (1)

           Short-sleeve shirts (5-7)

           Shorts (2-4, if weather appropriate)

           Skirts (1-2)

           Socks (14)

           Sweaters (3-5)

           Sweatshirt (2)

           T-shirts (3-5)

           Tank tops (3-5)

           Underwear (14)

           Watch (1)

           Workout clothes (2-5)


Remember that most of your electronic items will need an outlet converter in order to work!

           Camera (remember your case and USB cords)

           Cell phone (keep in mind that you’ll be able to buy an international phone when you arrive at your destination)

           Chargers (laptop, phone, camera, e-reader, etc.)

           Flash drive



           Laptop case

           Outlet adapters (2-3)

           USB cable


           Adhesive bandages

           Allergy medicine

           Birth control

           Cold and flu medicine

           Eye drops

           Motion sickness medicine

           Over-the-counter pain medicine



           Backpack (small)

           Gift for your host family (bring something that they couldn’t get in their own country, like memorabilia from your hometown)


           Language dictionary


           Playing cards

           Travel guide

           Umbrella (small)


Benefits of studying abroad in Iceland or any other study abroad destinations

1. See the World

The biggest reason you should consider a study abroad program is the opportunity to see the world . By studying abroad, you will experience a brand-new country with incredible new outlooks, customs and activities. The benefits of studying abroad include the opportunity to see new terrains, natural wonders, museums and landmarks of your host nation.

2. Education

Another reason you might consider studying abroad is for the chance to experience different styles of education. By enrolling in a study abroad program, you’ll have the chance to see a side of your major that you may not have been exposed to at home.

You’ll find that completely immersing yourself in the education system of your host country is a great way to really experience and understand the people, its traditions, and its culture. Education is the centerpiece of any study abroad trip—it is, after all, a study abroad program—and choosing the right school is a very important factor.

3. Take in a New Culture

Many students who choose to study abroad are leaving their home for the first time. When they arrive in their new host country, they are fascinated by the distinct cultural perspectives. When you study abroad you will find incredible new foods, customs, traditions, and social atmospheres.

You will find that you have a better understanding and appreciation for the nation’s people and history. You will have the opportunity to witness a completely new way of life.

4. Hone Your Language Skills

Chances are if you’re planning on studying abroad, one of the major draws is the opportunity to study a foreign language. Studying abroad grants you the opportunity to completely immerse yourself in a new language, and there is no better way to learn than to dive right in.

In addition to the considerable language practice you will get just in day to day life, your host university will likely offer language courses to provide you with a more formal education. Immerse yourself in a new culture and go beyond a purely academic experience

5. Career Opportunities

When you finish your study abroad program and return home, you will return with a new perspective on culture, language skills, a great education, and a willingness to learn. Needless to say, all of these are very attractive to future employers.

Many students find that they love their host country so much that they decide to seek work there. If you can relate, you will find that a local education will be very valuable when searching for a potential job in that country

6. Find New Interests

If you are still questioning why to study abroad, you should know that studying in a different country offers many new activities and interests that you may never have discovered if you’d stayed at home. You might find that you have an as-yet undiscovered talent for hiking, water sports, snow skiing, golf, or various other new sports you may never have tried back home.

You’ll also have the chance to discover other new and exciting forms of entertainment. Plays, movies, dancing, nightclubs, and concerts are just a few activities that you can enjoy.

7. Make Lifelong Friends

One of the biggest benefits of studying abroad is the opportunity to meet new lifelong friends from different backgrounds. While studying abroad, you will attend school and live with students from your host country. This gives you the opportunity to really get to know and create lasting relationships with your fellow students.

After the study abroad program ends, make an effort stay in contact with your international friends. In addition to rewarding personal relationships, these friends can also be important networking tools later down the road.

8. Personal Development

There is nothing quite like being on your own in a foreign country. You might find that studying abroad really brings out your independent nature. Students who study abroad become explorers of their new nation and really discover the curiosity and excitement that they harbor.

A benefit to studying abroad is the opportunity to discover yourself while gaining an understanding of a different culture. Being in a new place by yourself can be overwhelming at times, and it tests your ability to adapt to diverse situations while being able to problem solve.

9. Graduate School Admissions

Like future employers, graduate school admissions boards look very highly on study abroad experiences. Students that study abroad display diversity and show that they aren’t afraid to seek out new challenges or put themselves in difficult situations.

Most importantly, students who have studied abroad show just how committed they are to their education. Graduate schools regularly look for candidates who will bring a unique aspect to their university. Students who have studied abroad have shown that they have the curiosity and educational acumen to be a leader in graduate school.

10. Life Experience

Why study abroad? For most students, this time may be the only opportunity they ever get to travel abroad for a long period of time. Eventually you will find a job and career, and the opportunity to study abroad may turn out to be a once in a life time opportunity.

Hope this post was helpful

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