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Location Reykjavik, Iceland
Academic Term Autumn Semester / Academic Year
Spring Semester
Credits 20 - 25 UW credits per semester
Eligibility Junior standing or above by time of departure;
min. 3.0 GPA
Language Instruction in English
Program Manager Mike Renes | studyabroad@uw.edu
Priority Application Deadline January 15 (Autumn Semester / Academic Year)
May 15 (Spring Semester)
HIGHLIGHTS
General The University of Iceland is a progressive educational and scientific institution, renowned in the global scientific community for its research.
 

Program Description

University of Iceland is a modern, diversified, and rapidly developing institution that 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. Due to its use of these resources, the University of Iceland holds a leading role internationally in renewable energy and environmental conservation.

One of the main attractions for international students participating in this exchange program is that the university offers studies that are unique to Iceland. Examples of these studies include 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.


Students can begin their search for courses right here: University of Iceland course catalog

LOCATION

Reykjavik, Iceland

Housing

Reykjavík - the capital city of Iceland - 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".

ACADEMICS

Prerequisites and Language Requirements

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. Furthermore, as courses are taught in English, non-native English speakers are expected to meet the English language requirements set by the university. Visit here to learn more about the prerequisites of this exchange program.

Credits

20 - 25 UW credits per semester

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 about receiving credits for your study abroad, visit Earning credits abroad.

FINANCES

Program Expenses

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 UW Study Abroad Office administrative fee are charged to your UW account and due by the UW tuition deadline for your term(s) of study abroad. In most cases, you pay housing fees directly to the host institution or housing facility. You should also budget for additional expenses such as international airfare & transportation, books & course materials, visa & passport fees, study abroad insurance and personal expenses.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans.  To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.

Scholarships

  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at goglobal@uw.edu to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Housing

Although the University of Iceland has on-campus housing options, they are limited and only offered to a small number of students. Exchange students are, hence, encouraged to search for accommodations outside of the university as well. The university provides students access to The Student Agency - an interactive online tool that helps students find and secure off-campus housing. For students offered on-campus housing, accommodations typically include a shared apartment with a shared kitchen and/or bathroom. 

Students can learn more about their accommodations by visiting University of Iceland housing.

Visa Information

The UW Study Abroad Office can't officially advise you about visas.

The volume and diversity of students participating, the shifting requirements of foreign governments, and the complexity of these applications make it impossible for us to accurately advise you on immigration policies.  

If your program requires a visa, documentation will be provided from your host institution after your acceptance. 

APPLICATION CONSIDERATIONS

Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.

Orientation

To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. Visit your study abroad homepage to complete this mandatory orientation. You must also attend any program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

UW Study Abroad Office also offers several optional orientations aimed at preparing you for your study abroad experience. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for any optional orientation sessions that pique your interest. 

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at disability.uw.edu.

Withdrawals

The $700 UW Study Abroad Fee is non-refundable once the payment contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program may also be responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. Note that no part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun.

The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.

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 studyabroad@uw.edu.