There are no costs associated with tuition for students in Icelandic universities, a benefit shared among many countries of the European Union. However, students attending Iceland’s universities will need to pay a compulsory, non-refundable registration fee to help pay towards some of the expenses associated with their study. This ranges from 150 EUR to 250 EUR per academic year, but varies from program to program and institution to institution. For housing, many students choose to live in the dormitories at their host institution when available, but depending on their living requirements and situation, they may pay anywhere from 400 EUR per month to 1700 EUR per month. For other expenses such a food, transportation and entertainment, students can expect to get by on a budget of 400 EUR to 800 EUR per month.
Students who are not part of the European Union will have to apply for a student visa to study in Iceland. Contact your host university or your local diplomacy office or office of consular affairs for help on how to apply for your student visa. It may take up to 8 weeks to retrieve your student visa, so be sure to allow for more than enough time in this process.
The official language of Iceland is Icelandic, which is an old Germanic language. English and Danish are compulsory subjects in Icelandic schools, meaning that these languages are widely spoken. Courses are offered in many different languages at the Icelandic universities.
The capital city of the Republic of Iceland, Reykjavík is the centre for culture, history and learning. It has one of the most beautiful and charming cityscapes in Iceland with its gorgeous and historical architecture. It is the financial centre of Iceland, making it also a busy place for business. Reykjavík is particularly known for its nightlife, where Icelanders are known to go out late and stay out to the wee hours of the morning. The city boasts endless opportunities to experience cuisine, shopping, history and culture around every corner.