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University of Iceland

History

The University of Iceland was founded on 17 June 1911, on the centenary of 19th-century Icelandic statesman Jón Sigurðsson, usually referred to as "president". The University was located in the Parliament House at Austurvöllur for the first 29 years.

Education

A modern, diversified, and rapidly developing institution, the University of Iceland offers opportunities for study and research in over 400 programmes spanning most fields of science and discipline:

  • Social Sciences
  • Health Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Education
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering

Research

Dynamic research is the key to progress and economic growth and the University of Iceland places great emphasis on strengthening research and educating young people. The academics at UI are a part of a strong global network within the scientific community. The University's success in recent years has earned it a place amongst the best universities according to recognised international rankings. One of the University's goals is to ensure that learning and research meet the needs of Icelandic society and industry while promoting a sustainable world.

Career

Students with a degree from the University of Iceland are sought after and employed in all sectors of society.

The staff at the University of Iceland Student Counselling Centre (UISCC) offers students counselling and support during their studies, e.g. about academic choice, study skills, and tools for job searching. UISCC supports students' equality and diversity, e.g. by providing disability services during studies and exams and offering psychological services.

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University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2025
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2024
501
2023
501
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2024
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2023
601
2022
601
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2025
547 654
2024
1201
2023
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QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2025
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2024
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2023
452
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.

Housing services

The University of Iceland does not provide or guarantee housing for students. The supply of on-campus housing is very limited and most students live off-campus. Reykjavik is an expensive city and monthly rent for an individual is typically from 120,000 ISK (approx 800 EUR) and up. See: https://english.hi.is/studies/housing

Library services

All services that students need in order to access books and teaching materials are available on the University campus. Students have access to the National and University Library, which is the most advanced library inthe country.

ICT services

Computing Services operates the University of Iceland computer network and is responsible for computer equipment for teaching etc.

Sports facilities

The University of Iceland is aware that exercise is important for all students and operates a gymnasium in the campus area open to all university students and staff for a modest fee.

Student clubs

Most faculties and study programmes operate a student association organising social events throughout the academic year.

The Minister of Education, Science and Culture granted accreditation to the University of Iceland to offer curricula leading to Bachelor's, Master's and Doctorate degrees in all of its Schools, in accordance with The Higher Education Institutions Act No. 63/2006, Rules on the Accreditation of Higher Education Institutions no. 1067/2006 and Rules on Doctorate Programmes in Higher Education Institutions no. 37/2007. The accreditation was granted following an expert evaluation by foreign specialists in quality assurance.

Reykjavík, Capital Region, Iceland

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