📖 Introduction

The University of Akureyri was founded in 1987 in the town of Akureyri in the northeastern part of Iceland. It is today a school of health sciences, humanities and social science, and a school of business and science. Studies were offered in two Faculties: in Health Sciences and in Industrial Management. Teaching was conducted in two rooms in the sports arena in Akureyri. Two staff offices were in Þingvallastræti 23. There were four permanent employees and 31 students. From the beginning, UNAK has rapidly grown. The range of courses has steadily increased. Students and employees have become more numerous. Various partners have emerged and buildings have risen.

Currently, the University offers programmes in the following subjects: social sciences, media studies, nursing, occupational therapy, teacher training (preschool and primary school), biotechnology, law, police science, modern studies, psychology, fishery studies, computer science and business administration. Furthermore, graduate programmes are offered in the health sciences, social sciences, business administration and resource studies. As of the 2019 spring semester, UNAK became a full-fledged university with programmes at all levels of university studies when it was given permission to offer doctoral studies.

🏫 About Háskólinn á Akureyri (University of Akureyri)

The community in Akureyri is active and diverse, offering everything from coffee shops to cultural institutions that attract talented people from all over Iceland. Concerts, theatre, visual arts, literature. It is simple to be environmentally friendly in Akureyri as everything is within easy reach. There is breathtaking nature everywhere around. Mountains that some climb and others slide down.

Collaboration among the public higher education institutions in Iceland began formally in August 2010. The objectives are, firstly, to strengthen the Icelandic universities in teaching and research; secondly, to increase efficiency in managing the universities; and thirdly, to ensure that university studies are offered across the country.

The University of Akureyri is a learning and academic community which actively participates in international and domestic scientific communities. The University plays a key role in promoting university education, research, development and innovation in Iceland.

🏠 Accommodation

If accommodation on campus is important to you we advise you to arrive a few days before so you can try to register. You can also to choose accommodation off campus, we have an article about that here.

📬 Admissions Process

3 Steps to Apply to a University

Application step 1

Application step 2

Application step 3

Please choose the programs here , "You are advised to select 2-3 programs to increase your chances of getting accepted.

Required documents:

  • Passport
  • Graduation certificate
  • Passport size photo

Preparing documents:

You can start your application now and send the application documents during your application. Some documents you can send later if you don’t have them right away. Some more info about preparing application documents is here

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Application process:

Applying Online is simple in just a few steps. More information is available here.

The first steps are to choose the programs, pay the application fee and upload the application documents.

Once submitted to Global Admissions, we will review your application within 2-3 days and proceed to the university or ask you for further clarification

After it has been processed to the university you will receive your unique application ID from each university.

The university may contact you directly for further questions.

We will then follow up each week with the university for updates. As soon as there is any update we will let you know. If you have made other plans, decide to withdraw / change address at any time please let us know.

After you have been accepted you will receive your admissions letter electronically and asked to pay the non-refundable deposit to the university.

Once you have paid the deposit the university will issue you the admissions letter and visa form to your home country.

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Here is some more information about the enrollment process after you have been accepted.

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