University Centre of the Westfjords Iceland

About University Centre of the Westfjords

The University Centre of the Westfjords is a small higher educational organization located in Ísafjörður, Iceland. It offers two international and multidisciplinary master‘s programmes: Coastal Marine Management, MRM and Coastal Communities and Regional Development, MA.

Costal Marine Management focuses on natural resource management, sustainability, biology, sociology and economics while Coastal Communities and Regional Development focuses on the challenges of coastal communities, social sciences and humanities. The courses are modular, with plenty of international lecturers, company visits and field trips.

Ísafjörður is a rural town with a population around 2700 and is the largest town in the Westfjords. In a peaceful fjord, surrounded by mountains, it provides spectacular conditions for various winter and summer activities so it truly is a magical place to study in. An added bonus to studying in Ísafjörður is that the costs of living are lower than in Reykjavík.

Application deadlines

15 February first deadline - for the best chance of admission

15 April second deadline - *

5 June - for EU/EEA citizens based on avilability 

We will open up for all applications for the academic year 2023-2024 in December 2022. 

If you have any questions about the application process, please feel free to contact us at or

* Please note that non-EU/EEA citizens need to gather multiple documentations for visa and/or residence permits and we recommend to apply before the first deadline. 

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Courses at University Centre of the Westfjords

There are 2 courses listed from University Centre of the Westfjords. These are displayed below in alphabetical order:

Accommodation Information for Students

There are many options for accommodation within the town and soon the building of official student accommodation will be completed. Almost all services are within walking distance from the University Centre, for example a grocery store, swimming pool and fitness gym.

Facts about University Centre of the Westfjords

  • Year institution founded: 2005

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