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  Location   Reykjavik, Iceland
  Autumn Semester / Academic Year
  Spring Semester
  Credits   20-25 credits per semester
  Eligibility   Junior standing or above by time of  
  departure; min. 3.0 GPA
  Language   Instruction in English
  Adviser   Mike Renes |
  Jan. 15 (Autumn Semester and Academic Year)
  Spring Semester priority deadline
  May 15 (Spring Semester)
  General   The University of Iceland is a progressive
  educational and scientific institution,
  renowned in the global scientific community
  for its research.
  Where You Will Study
  Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships
  Application Process
  Program Evaluations
  Visas This country is part of the Schengen area. Please click here to learn more about important rules and restrictions for foreign visitors to this area.


Where You Will Study

Reykjavík is the largest community in Iceland, the capital city has a total population of around 120,000, that in combination with the population of the neighboring towns makes up about 60% of Iceland's population of 300,000. First settled in the late 9th and 10th centuries by Norwegian and Celtic immigrants, the city of Reykjavík got its names after the columns of steam that rose from the hot springs in the area. Today visitors to Reykjavík can participate in a wide variety of cultural and outdoor actives, visit historical and geological sites and experience "the nightlife capital of the north".


This direct exchange is geared towards students who want to choose from a variety of courses taught in English and fully immerse themselves in the life and culture of Icelandic society and student life. Participants need a high level of personal maturity and independence.

University of Iceland is a modern, diversified and rapidly developing institution, the University of Iceland offers opportunities for study and research in almost 300 programs spanning most fields of Social Sciences, Health Sciences, Humanities, Sciences and Engineering.

Some of the resources available at the University are uniquely Icelandic. These include the manuscripts preserved in the Árni Magnússon Institute, Icelandic census records dating from 1703, exceptionally complete genealogical data and climatological, glaciological, seismic and geothermal records. The University of Iceland holds a leading role internationally in renewable energy and environmental.

One of the main attractions for international students is the studies that are unique to Iceland. Examples of those are Icelandic Studies for Foreign Students, Medieval Studies, Earth Sciences, studies in Environment and Natural Resources, studies in Renewable Energy Engineering and an international LL.M. program.

You can begin your search for courses right here:

University of Iceland course catlog

If you’re looking for a record of how courses from this institution have been transferred in the past, visit the credit equivalency database to help you determine what foreign courses might satisfy your academic needs here at the UW.

For more information on how these courses will appear on your UW transcript, please visit: credits for exchanges



Exchange students at the University of Iceland in Reykjavík are guaranteed housing as long they apply before the specified deadlines. Housing is typically a single room that can be a rented room in a private house or a shared apartment with a shared kitchen and/or bathroom.


Program Expenses, Financial Aid & Scholarships

As a participant of a university exchange, you pay an exchange fee equivalent to UW tuition (1.5 quarters of UW tuition for semester-long exchanges, and 3 quarters of UW tuition for academic year exchanges). Exchange fees are determined by UW residency status: in-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to in-state tuition, and out-of-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to out-of-state tuition. The exchange fee and IPE administrative fee are charged to your UW account and due by the UW tuition deadline for your term(s) of study abroad. You should also budget for additional expenses such as international airfare & transportation, books & course materials, visa & passport fees, study abroad insurance and personal expenses.

For the total estimated costs of this particular program, you may request a budget by filling out a Budget Request Form.

For more information about budgeting, financial aid, and scholarships for study abroad visit our page on Finances.


Application Process

To apply for this exchange, click the "Apply Now" button and follow the prompts to create an application. After you create your application, click on each of the links on your study abroad application homepage and complete the remaining application requirements: questionnaires, material submissions, and electronic signature documents.

University exchanges may also require completion of a secondary application specific to the host institution. Instructions about this process will be provided to you by your study abroad adviser following your selection for the exchange.

See  Applications and Recommendations for additional information about the application process and tips for recommendations.

See Withdrawal for UW program withdrawal policies.





Program Evaluations

After participating in a UW Study Abroad program, students are asked to complete a Program Evaluation Report detailing their experiences abroad and giving advice for future students. These reports cover all aspects of a student's time abroad, including orientation, academics, housing, finances, and cultural differences. 

To see past students' evaluations for the University of Iceland Direct Exchange program, click on the link below.

University of Iceland Exchange.pdf

Note: student names and contact information have been crossed off for confidentiality reasons. If you would like to get in contact with a previous participant of this program, please inquire at the Study Abroad Office or email