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Location: Reykjavik, Iceland, Europe

Program Type: UMSL Exchange Program through the MAUI-Utrecht Network Exchange Consortium open to undergraduate and graduate students

Language of Instruction: English and/or Icelandic

UMSL Term Abroad: Academic Year, Fall, Spring

Approximate Dates Abroad:
Fall Semester: Early August - Late December
Spring Semester: Early January - Late June

Application Deadline: We encourage applicants to this program to apply early - your chances of admission are increased by doing so. Students interested in competitive locations, such as this one, should apply in February of the year academic year prior to term. For example, if you are interested in the Spring 2016, apply in January 2015. 

  • Fall/Academic Year: January 16 (final)
  • Spring: January 16 (final). If after this date, see a Study Abroad Coordinator to determine whether or not placement is still available.

UMSL Study Abroad Eligibility Requirements

Subjects Available: 

  • Archaeology (also available at graduate level)
  • Biology (also available at graduate level)
  • Business - International Business (also available at graduate level)
  • Business - Management
  • Business - Marketing
  • Chemistry (also available at graduate level)
  • Computer Science (graduate level only)
  • Creative Writing
  • Economics (graduate level only)
  • Education - Elementary Education
  • Education - General Educational Studies (also available at graduate level)
  • Education - Secondary Education
  • English
  • Film Studies (graduate level only)
  • Food Science and Nutrition (also available at graduate level)
  • Geology (incl. oceanography and glaciology) (also available at graduate level)
  • Gerontology (graduate level only)
  • History (graduate level only)
  • Languages - Chinese
  • Languages - German
  • Languages - Icelandic
  • Languages - Japanese
  • Languages - Spanish
  • Literature
  • Mathematics (also available at graduate level)
  • Philosophy (also available at graduate level)
  • Physics (also available at graduate level)
  • Political Science (also available at graduate level)
  • Sociology (also available at graduate level)
  • Students with a high proficiency/native fluency may enroll directly in the regular university programs in nearly all fields

The University:  The University of Iceland is a state university founded in 1911. Today, the University of Iceland serves a nation of approximately 320,000 and provides insturction for some 15,000 students. In additoin to the major schools, there are numerous research insitutes attached to the University. The University of Iceland is the largest single work-place in the country. 

Academics: The principal language of insturction at the University is Icelandic, but most faculties give courses in English as well. Studying at the university involves more than tatending lectures and completing assignments. A modern, diversified, and rapidly changing institution, the University of Iceland offers opportunities for study and reserach in many degree programs in the humanities, science and social sciences, and in professional fields such as theology, law, and business. Some of the resources at the University are uniquely Icelandic; these include the manuscripts preserved by the Árni Magnússon Institute, Icelandic census records dating from 1703, exceptionally complete genealogical data, and climatological, glaciological, seismic and geothermal records.

The academic year is divided into two semesters, fall and spring, each semester lasting thirteen weeks. The academic calendar varies somewhat from one faculty to another.  The Faculty of Icelandic and Comparative Cultural Studies offers a full degree programme in Icelandic for international students. Additionally, an Intensive Language Preparation Course in Icelandic for Exchange Students is organized by the Office of International Education and is held in August each year.

Housing: The International Office assists accepted exchange students in finding housing for the academic year/semester (1 September - 10 May). Students will be given access to a database with available accommodations. Students can therefore choose the accommodation they prefer from that list and contact the chosen landlord directly. All accepted students will get access to this website at that same date. The types of housing that are available are: Rooms in student dormitories (very limited number, non Europeans are given a priority) Rooms in guesthouses, with access to kitchen and bathroom Shared apartments/ flats with other students Rooms in private houses.

Activities and Programs: To help exchange students get a good start, the University of Iceland has a well-organized buddy system. The main task of the buddy person is to provide the student with practical information about the University of Iceland and Icelandic society, as well as to introduce him/her to the students and student life in general. The Students‘ Council arranges large events for all students at the university, such as Oktoberfest, and an autumn and spring semester end-of-exams dance.

Location:  The University of Iceland is a state university, situated in the heart of Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland. Iceland is an island about one-third larger than Scotland or Ireland. Its highest peak, Hvannadalshnjúkur, rises to 2,109 m, and over 11 percent of the country is covered by glaciers, including Vatnajökull, the largest in Europe. 

Whatever your interests, Reykjavík has something to offer. Whether you are seeking the bustling energy of a cosmopolitan city, thundering thermal energy in the ground beneath your feet or the quiet green energy of the landscape surrounding the city, Reykjavík promises a memorable visit. One way to soak up Reykjavík’s pure energy is to visit one of the many thermal swimming pools or spas. Whether you go for a swim, take a healing soak in a hot tub, or indulge in a thermal steam bath, you will leave feeling relaxed and re-energized. Going to the pool is also very much a way of life for Reykjavík’s residents and thus an ideal way to meet local people.

International Office Website: http://english.hi.is/university/international_exchange_students

Courses Taught in English: http://english.hi.is/university/courses_english

Cost Estimates for 2014-15*

Use the Budget Worksheet to compare the below cost to your personal budget or living on campus at UMSL.

Tuition 3,789.60
HTH mandatory insurance 175.00
Books and course materials 40.00
Accommodations 2,100.00
Meals & Personal Expenses 2,550.00
Airfare 1,000.00
Local Transportation 800.00
Other 750.00
TOTAL 11,204.60

Course Equivalencies: Each student is responsible for researching what courses are available to take and for obtaining an UMSL equivalent course. The UMSL equivalent course number is the course for which you will receive credit on your UMSL transcript. Finding courses to take while you are abroad requires some time and research. More information is on the course equivalency page.

Upon Acceptance: Students will be required to submit supplemental materials, purchase HTH insurance, and participate in a mandatory orientation. More information will be distributed to all accepted students.

* UMSL tuition fees are based on 12 undergraduate credit hours at the 2014/15 rate - 2015/16 tuition rate TBA April 2015. Non-resident fees may apply.
* Costs are based off a five month semester. 
* Airline estimate based off of online search.
* Please note that expenses are ESTIMATES. Costs vary depending on the exchange rate, the inflation rate, individual spending habits, and amount of extra travel. The cost estimate above does not include visa expenses, personal expenses, independent travel, which vary widely from student to student.
* Program information is subject to change.
* Other includes Icelandic language course fee prior to start of semester

Some photos and text courtesy of University of Iceland.