Iceland is another country that operates tuition free education in Europe apart from Finland, Norway and Germany. Students only have to pay a compulsory non-refundable registration fee which ranges from €100 to €250. Note that it’s only public universities in Iceland that are tuition free. Private universities all charge tuition fees usually ranging from €100 to €150 per credit unit. Today, I will be talking about tuition free education in Iceland, application times and deadlines, how to apply and a full list of accredited universities in Iceland. But before I do that, let’s briefly look at the estimated cost of living in Iceland for international students.
Cost of living in Iceland
The cost of living in Iceland is a bit high when compared with other European countries. It ranges from €700 to €900 per month which covers the cost of food, accommodation, travels, books etc. Note that this amount is just an estimate and may be lower or higher depending on student’s lifestyle and spending habits.
Application times and deadlines
Application deadlines for studies at university in Iceland vary depending on the higher education institution and the study program. However, most institutions in Iceland have application deadlines from March to June for studies beginning in the fall semester (September). Usually, foreign undergraduate and graduate students must apply before March 15, except Nordic students, who can apply before April or the beginning of June.
Icelandic is the main language of instruction at higher education institutions in Iceland. Therefore, you will be requested to prove your level of command of Icelandic. In general, you are expected to have a level of command of Icelandic corresponding to, at least, B2 in the European Language Passport. Some courses are taught in English language and students applying for these courses will be expected to show their proficiency in the language. A good score in TOELF or IELTS will be accepted.
How to apply
All universities in Iceland accept direct application. So you can contact them and request for application materials. But generally, the school will ask the student to send the following documents to them:
- A filled-in application form for the selected study program or course. In most cases, the application form can be downloaded from the institution website to be printed out and mailed. You may also ask the international relations office of your institution to send the application form to your home address.
- For undergraduate studies: An attested copy of your upper secondary school certificate and a copy of the results from the university entrance examinations in your home country.
- For Master’s programs: An attested copy of your Bachelor’s degree certificate.
- For PhD studies: An attested copy of your Master’s program certificate.
- A certificate indicating your level of command of Icelandic / English.
List of top universities in Iceland
- University of Iceland
- University of Akureyri
- Reykjavik University
- Reykjavik Energy Graduate School of Sustainable Systems
- Keilir School
- Iceland Academy of the Arts
- Hólar University College
- Bifröst University
- Agricultural University of Iceland (AUI)