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How to Enroll in a Study Abroad Program in Iceland

There are many opportunities for foreign students to study abroad in Iceland. There are three main ways to go about enrolling in an Icelandic studies program: 1) Go to an Icelandic university, 2) Go to a university in your home country that has a program in Iceland, or 3) pay out for a private study abroad program. All three options are outlined below.

The first option generally means enrolling in a foreign students program through one of the larger Icelandic universities. The University of Iceland offers an Icelandic language program (University of Iceland’s foreign students Icelandic courses) as well as many courses that are taught in English. The University of Akureyri and the University Center of the Westfjords also have Icelandic language programs for foreign students.

The University of Iceland's campus

For the second option, check for study abroad programs in Iceland that are administered through universities in your home country. This is often the easiest way to enroll in a study abroad program and provides the surest probability of your credits earned in Iceland counting towards your degree. Another advantage of engaging in a study abroad program through a domestic school is that you can often get financial aid, loans, and scholarships to cover much of the expenses. We highly recommend looking first to the universities in your home country when looking to study abroad anywhere.

What follows is a list of popular Iceland study abroad programs through universities in the United States:

The third option is going through a private study abroad agency that does not have ties to a university. If you want university credit for these courses, be sure to check if these programs are accredited and if your credits will transfer.

ISEP offers study abroad programs in partnership with the University of Iceland, while the Cell program and the School for International Training offer on location Icelandic language training. AFS has an exchange program in Iceland for high school students.

In all, it is not difficult to find a study abroad program in Iceland, and the costs of such initiative vary with the type of program. Have fun and study hard — and watch out for the runtur.

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