Land of fire and ice
Iceland is an island located between the North Atlantic and Arctic Ocean. Its’ nature is truly unique with glaciers, active volcanoes and hot springs, and it has an exciting history dating back to the age of the vikings. Despite being sparsely populated, it is one of the most modern countries in the world.
Despite consisting only of seven institutions, the higher educational system of Iceland is high-quality and fairly diverse. Both public and private universities receive funding from the state, and they are free to set their own admissions criteria. In general, aspiring students are required to pass some form of a matriculation exam, but in some cases those with sufficient work experience in their field may be admitted as well.
Public institutions only require registration fees from students – no tuition fees apply. Private institutions do, however, charge tuition fees as well and the amount of the fee depends on the institution. Living in Iceland is not especially inexpensive, and learning Icelandic is a must.
Out of the 18,000 students currently pursuing higher education there, around 5% are international students. Students choosing Iceland get an unforgettable and rare experience, falling in love with its’ many national celebrations as well as the closeness of nature and its’ pure and nearly unspoiled beauty.
There are also numerous ways to spend free time. The capital, Reykjavík, offers quality shopping and a vivid nightlife opportunities. In the nature it’s easy to find magical landscapes, take part in outdoor activities and experience adventures such as spurting geysers, glaciers and waterfalls.
Top 3 reasons to study in Iceland:
- Astonishing nature.
- A truly unique choice.
- Unforgettable experiences.
Did you know this about Iceland?
- The oldest institute of advanced secondary education was established already in 1056.
- There are around 200 volcanoes in Iceland.