There are seven universities in Iceland and several university centres in rural areas.

Five of these are public universities.

  • Those who wish to undertake university study must have passed their secondary-study examinations or obtained an equivalent qualification. It may be decided to set special criteria for university admission and make students sit admissions tests or placement tests.
  • It is also possible to admit students who have not passed their secondary-study or equivalent examinations but whom the university in question deems to have equivalent maturity and knowledge.
  • Subject to the approval of the Ministry of Education, universities may also offer preparatory study to people who do not meet the admission criteria.
  • Any further information on admission criteria and rules for university faculties, teaching and study curricula, application forms and information on enrolment and tuition fees can be found on the websites of the universities.
  • Several universities offer distance learning. There is co-operation with municipal authorities, university and knowledge centres and life-long learning and education centres throughout the country. Any further information can be found on the websites of the university faculties offering distance learning.
  • Most students take out a loan to support themselves during their university studies. The Icelandic Student Loan Fund gives grants to students. Any further information on student loans can be found on the website of the Icelandic Student Loan Fund.
  • University students have access to many different types of grants for study and research, both in Iceland and abroad. Any further information can be found on the website of the Office of International Education.
  • Detailed information on most matters relating to university study in Iceland for overseas students can be found on the website of the Office of International Education – Study in Iceland. This information is in English and includes information on Icelandic courses for overseas students intending to undertake university study in Iceland.