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The University of Akureyri

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The University of Akureyri (Háskólinn á Akureyri) is located in North Iceland and has served Akureyri and its rural surrounding since 1987. The University has built a reputation for academic excellence and good industrial relations. Located in the capital of North Iceland, Akureyri. 

Highlighted program(s)

Humanities, Social science, Law, Education, Business and natural science in graduate and undergrad level.

Language of instruction
At the University of Akureyri the principal language of instruction is Icelandic. Textbooks are mainly in English and Icelandic. Most schools offer some courses in English and some faculties allow international students to take their examinations in English during the first semester of study. This is, however, always subject to the approval of each school and individual instructors.

An intensive Icelandic Language course is offered in August each year. International students who are interested to participate can apply through the office of International Education. It is also possible for international students to attend an Icelandic language course at UNAK during their studies. This course is offered during the fall and spring semester. International students also have the option to learn Icelandic online in a self-study course that is free of charge.

Important Dates

  • 15th of May for autumn semester and the full academic year (non- EU/EEA students 15th April)
  • 1st of November for spring semester (non EU/EEA students 1 October).

Cost of living
Estimated cost of living in Iceland is about 130.000 ISK per month per person including housing. Students should expect to pay between 40.000 and 60.000 ISK per month for a single room with access to kitchen and bathroom and at least 85.000 ISK for a small studio apartment. The International Office assists exchange students in finding housing for the academic year/semester. Exchange students do therefore not have to make other arrangements concerning housing unless they wish to do so; in which case, the International Office must be notified immediately.