Literally, the country of fire and ice and unimaginable landscapes, Iceland is a welcoming country that is almost entirely free of crime. It is one of the extremely few developed countries that can boast of a rising population. Even though a fairly vast country, Iceland has a population of 364,000 and reported an increase of 2 percent last year. Another thing about the Icelanders, the electricity they produce is all through environmentally clean methods and on a per capita basis they probably consume the highest in the world at nearly 54,000 KWh.
In fact, we at YT have planned our next event in Iceland and our main partners and hosting organizations are the University of Iceland, Reykjavik Youth Centre and the City of Reykjavik. You will find more information on this link as well. The university will host 2 days of lectures during the event and will also send students and most likely some experts.
As an international student you will not only find the people responsive but will make friends easily. They are peaceful and fun loving. There is just no dearth of activities outside of studies and most of these are unique to Iceland. There are any number of adventure activities and sports, you will want to visit the coastal cliffs, snorkel, swim in the blue lagoon, walk around in the forests, go for strolls in the city of Reykjavik and the one more thing on your agenda should be, is to go see the tectonic plates.
At the University of Iceland there are no tuition fees to be paid. It is just the registration fees of less than 500 Euros equivalent in ISK. At other universities you will have to shell out between 4300 to 16,000 Euros per year depending upon the courses you choose to study.
For those who wish to earn and study, work permits are granted to international students to work upto 20 hours a week. The wages in the country are fairly good and at 3,300 $ equivalent per month at the minimum which makes Iceland among the highest paying countries. They do not have hourly wages and these you will have to negotiate with your potential employer, sign a contract and then armed with this document you will need to approach the authorities for a work permit.
List of Universities
As usual, we would recommend that you visit the website of each of the universities to determine the courses most suited to you.
University of Iceland
University of Akureyri
Agricultural University of Iceland
Iceland Academy of Arts
Iceland School of Energy
We usually cover only the public universities due to their affordability and have made an exception this time since their public universities are only the University of Iceland, University of Akureyri, Holar University College and Agricultural University of Iceland.
Cost of Living
Iceland is a fairly expensive country and you must budget for around 1,500 Euros per month inclusive of shared accommodations. The universities do not usually provide much by way of lodgments and residences and most students live off campus.