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Entry Requirements in Iceland

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Entry Requirements for Icelandic Universities

Entry requirements for Icelandic universities will differ based on the school and type of program you’ll wish to study in. There is no central admissions system in Iceland, so you will have to visit your chosen university’s website and submit your application and other materials directly from there.

There are, however, a set of basic requirements which you will need for every application:

  • A scan of your passport and/or birth certificate
  • A scan of your diploma (high school or Bachelor’s)
  • Letters of recommendation (between 2-3)
  • A transcript/record of previous courses
  • Your CV
  • Testing scores
  • Proof of funding or scholarship
  • Portfolio and/or writing samples

Undergraduate Programs

While admission requirements may vary depending on your chosen university and program, there are a few documents which the universities commonly look for:

Since majority of undergraduate programs are taught in Icelandic, prospective students will have to undergo courses dedicated to developing skills in speaking, writing and understanding the Icelandic language.

In addition, students who wish to study in Iceland will need to submit proof of a completed high school/matriculation examination (Stúdentspróf) or have at least finished one year at a university to be considered eligible for the programmes.

International students whose native language is not English may also be required to submit proof of their English proficiency by submitting TOEFL, IELTS, CAE or CPE scores.

Certain subjects such as those in the field of medical sciences, economics and law may ask for additional entry requirements or exams. You can consult the course catalogues found on your university’s website for a more detailed process regarding admissions.

Postgraduate Programs

Similar to undergraduate programs, entry requirements for postgraduate studies will depend on the university and the field of study which you are applying to.

The general rule is that prospective students should possess a good bachelor’s degree in a course which is closely associated to the post-graduate program that is being applied for.

While an accomplished English-proficiency exam may still be required, there are a wider selection of English-taught programs in postgraduate than in the undergraduate sector.

Universities routinely receive many applications throughout the year, so please try to submit your applications before the deadlines and ensure that you are submitting the correct documents.

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Sources:

  • http://study.iceland.is/study-in-iceland/
  • http://english.hi.is/university/admission_requirements
Last update: 13 Mar 2018

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