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Study in Iceland: Application Process

Iceland doesn’t have a central application portal. Instead, applications are made directly to individual schools. The application fee is generally around 7,400ISK ($60), payable directly to the school. You’ll need to keep proof of this for your application.

Feb 6, 2024

Iceland doesn’t have a central application portal. Instead, applications are made directly to individual schools. The application fee is generally around 7,400ISK ($60), payable directly to the school. You’ll need to keep proof of this for your application.

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To make an application to an Icelandic school, you’ll generally need the following:

  • You’ll need to fill out the online application form
  • Submit your CV. You may also need to submit an academic CV if you’re applying for postgraduate or doctoral studies
  • Letter of motivation
  • Grade transcripts from your previous education - electronically and as a posted hard copy
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • English language proficiency test. You can find out more about this here.
  • Your passport
  • Proof of payment of the application fee
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Once a decision has been made, you’ll need to keep your acceptance letter. You’ll need this when you apply for your visa. 

Application deadlines vary from school to school, but you’ll generally need to apply in the December or January before you want to start.

Overview

Iceland is a place that captures our imaginations, from its glaciers to its black sand beaches. This section gives you an overview of what life and study is like in Iceland.

Education in Iceland

Want to learn about how the higher education system works in Iceland. Iceland is a great destination for those studying science, history and much more. Find out more here.

Student Visas

Do you need a visa to enter Iceland to study? Learn more about the student visa process, and what you need to enter the country, depending on your citizenship.

Housing & Living Costs

No matter where you study abroad, it’s important to create a budget in advance so that you’re prepared. Therefore, we’ve detailed average living and housing costs so that you can get a better idea of what you would be paying as a student in Iceland.

Tuition Fees & Scholarships

Tuition fees for degree programs in Iceland can vary a lot. It can vary from free to a low fee. We've put together information on how this works, and on scholarships, in this section.

Language & Culture

Iceland is a country rich in cultural significance, from its language to its past. You can find out more about that, as well as to stay safe and manage the harsh winters, in this section.

Programs

Ready to look at education in Iceland? Use our search engine to find and compare top programs in Iceland today!

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