National Higher Education System

Anyone who has completed upper secondary education in Iceland can apply to study at a university. With the exception of some courses like medicine and dentistry, the University of Iceland is obliged to accept all students who have an upper secondary diploma.

Iceland has seven higher education institutions, the largest of which is the University of Iceland, founded in 1911. Most traditional programmes are offered in Iceland, with the exception of some highly specialised courses. Many Icelanders also conduct at least part of their university education abroad. Click here to learn more about universities in Iceland.


There are no tuition fees at the state universities (although there are registration fees).

Grants & Loans

National student loans and grants are usually not available to international students

Application Process

Apply directly to universities