University of Iceland


The University of Iceland, founded in 1911, is a progressive educational and scientific institution, renowned in the global scientific community for its research. It is a state university, situated in the heart of Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. The University of Iceland is organised into five schools: Social Sciences, Health Sciences, Humanities, Education, Natural Sciences and Engineering, offering over four hundred different courses of study.

The University of Iceland is the only university in Iceland offering undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in all major academic fields. The University of Iceland has a great deal to offer both exchange and regular international students, on all academic levels, and most faculties offer courses in English.

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 also holds a leading role in sustainable energy and environmental research.

The University of Iceland is placed 501-600 in the 2020 list of the best universities in the world from the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy. It remains the only Icelandic university to make the list. The University of Iceland features on nine of Times Higher Education’s lists over the best universities in the world in distinct subjects.


Facts and figures

Year Established 1911
Total Number of Staff 1676
Number of Academic Staff 754
Number of Students 14992
Focus Areas

Social Sciences
Health Sciences
Natural Sciences and Engineering

Web link for international students
Fields of Study Offered Teacher training and education science (broad programmes)
Humanities (broad programmes)
Social and behavioural science (broad programmes)
Journalism and information (broad programmes)
Business and administration (broad programmes)
Law (broad programmes)
Life science (broad programmes)
Physical science (broad programmes)
Mathematics and statistics (broad programmes)
Computing (broad programmes)
Engineering and engineering trades (broad programmes)
Architecture and building (broad programmes)
Health (broad programmes)
Social services (broad programmes)
Environmental protection (broad programmes)