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University Centre of the Westfjords

University Centre of the Westfjords

The University Centre is the largest organization in Ísafjörður’s Vestrahús building and is a leading agency in the co-operation among the Westfjords innovation cluster. Generally the University Centre does not conduct research except in collaboration with research institutions within and outside the Westfjords.

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  • The University Centre is a member of international partnerships.
  • The University Centre focuses on academic quality and follows the Bologna requirements for European universities.
  • The University Centre is a young and flexible organization.


The University Centre of the Westfjords is a small higher educational organization, which was established in 2005 and began operations in January 2006.


The University Centre is a distance learning centre that serves about 100 distance learning students; it operates two international master’s programs: Coastal and Marine Management as well as Coastal Communities and Regional Development. 


Research at the University Centre of the Westfjords is primarily focused on the topics in the Coastal Studies masters programs. Masters student theses form the majority of the research activity at UW. Outside of masters theses, UW staff and teachers are engaged in their own research and also serve as hosts to visiting researchers and offer support as associated partners in other projects.

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Student services

Though University Centre services are largely focused on students attending classes through teleconferencing facilities, it is strongly emphasised that the University Centre is there for all university distance learning students.

Housing services

University Centre of the Westfjords students have a wide range of accommodation options open to them in Ísafjörður, from individual rooms to whole privately-owned apartments. Commonly students choose to rent a private room with access to communal kitchen and bathroom. Generally speaking, the cost of housing in Ísafjörður is lower than in Reykjavík and nearly all important services are within walking distance.

Library services

The University Centre has a small library with a collection of books and other media.  The largest part of our resources are acquired for the master study programmes Coastal and Marine Management, and Coastal Communities and Regional Development. It is therefore a highly specialized library, but also balanced, in accordance with the diverse topics taught on the programmes.

ICT services

The University Centre of the Westfjords offers students access to wireless internet. It is anticipated that students have laptop computers with wireless internet cards, though it is possible to set up wired internet connections for students in exceptional circumstances. The wireless connection requires a password to access which you receive from the staff. 


Ísafjörður, Westfjords, Iceland

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