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Reykjavik University EXC
Reykjavik, Iceland (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Semester 1,
Semester 2,
Year (Sem 2 & Sem 1)
Partner University Homepage: Click to visit
Program Details:
Postgraduate coursework, Undergraduate
Program Type:
Exchange Semester/Year
Anticipated Places:
Minimum Mark:
65%; Credit
Agreement Scope:
Not Applicable
Program Description:


Location: Reykjavík
Year Established: 1998
Student population: over 3,000
Reykjavík University is Iceland’s largest private university, located in Reykjavík, the world’s most northerly capital. The University’s main focus is on research, excellence in teaching, entrepreneurship, technology development, and cooperation with business.
Reykjavík University is housed in a brand new campus and offers excellent facilities. It encourages students to combine their academic studies with practical experience in industry and public institutions. Here you’ll find the highest quality teaching and be impressed by the uniqueness of magical Iceland.
Unique characteristics
The university comprises four academic schools, the School of Science and Engineering, School of Business, School of Law and School of Computer Science. It offers 20 Masters programs taught entirely in English, several PhD programs and a number of undergraduate modules in English for visiting exchange students. Teaching, research and management are based on international standards.
Reykjavík, or ‘Bay of Smoke’, is the capital of Iceland and home to just 180,000 people – more than half the entire population of the country. It’s safe, clean, full of colourful buildings and creative people, and is very cosmopolitan for its size. It boasts good museums, art, eateries and has a pleasant community feel.

Iceland - Reykjavik University 

Academic Information

Course Catalogue 
Information about units of study at the host university

Subject Area/s: 

Arts and Social Sciences




Health Sciences





Exclusions: MBA, MSc Clinical Psychology, MSc Accounting and Auditing, Iceland School of Energy, BA in Law

Teaching Periods: Semesters/Terms
Autumn semester: August-November
Spring semester: January-May

Credit (Full-Time Load/Semester)

University of Sydney

Host University



The above full-time load is indicative only.
Applications for academic credit are assessed by the relevant University of Sydney faculty/department based on: study load, contact hours, assessment requirements and level of study.

Grading system
Excellent: 9.0-10.0
Distinction: 8.0-8.9
High Merit: 7.0-7.9
Merit: 5.1-6.9
Pass: 5.0
0.0-4.9: Fail (no credits awarded)
More information on the host university's grading system

Transcripts Issued by Partner
Transcripts will be available at the end of your exchange period


Language of Instruction
Classes at the host university are taught in English


What is the host city like?
Find out more information about the host city

Host university does not offer accommodation but recommends alternative housing options
Cost of Living
Use this guide to estimate living expenses associated with studying overseas.

Students are required to obtain health insurance valid during their exchange.

Useful Information

For Exchange/International Students
Specific information for exchange students provided by the host university
Semester/Term Dates
Access the University’s calendar
An induction day is held three days before the start of semester. More details will be published towards the beginning of each semester. 
Support Services 
In addition to orientation, the university offers a buddy programme and has an active student association
Information from the host university

Student Experiences

Anurag Dey
Juris Doctor, Semester 2, 2016
Host City Highlights
Any of the swimming pools.
Uni Life
Not so many clubs and societies; meeting local students was difficult and was done mostly through individual initiative in classes.
Minimal contact hours (2-3 hours per class/week) in a mixed lecture/tutorial like environment. Assessments were minimal and class sizes were typically small.
Food choices were limited and expensive but the pylsa (hot dogs) were a cheap and reliable staple at all hours. Generally cooking at home was the preferred option.
I lived in a dorm with 2 others. The University did not offer any housing but did help organise the dorm at a guest house.
Money Matters
The budget planned was in no way sufficient. Iceland is a very, very expensive country. I had a job in Australia I was able to continue doing whilst in Iceland and because of that I was able to continue.
Getting Around
Bus is the only option. Busses generally come once every thirty minutes however Reykjavik is a fairly small town and I walked everywhere.
Every month is a different experience. The northern lights throughout the winter are incredible. In terms of travelling, it will be expensive. Renting a car is the best way to go but make sure that whoever is driving has experience driving on icy roads.
Top Tips
It's a fantastic experience and I would recommend anyone thinking of going to Iceland should do it- it's a country unlike any other.