The University of Iceland was founded on 17 June 1911, on the centenary of 19th-century Icelandic statesman Jón Sigurðsson, usually referred to as "president". The University was located in the Parliament House at Austurvöllur for the first 29 years.
The University of Iceland offers opportunities for study and research in over 400 programmes spanning most fields of science.
The University of Iceland is a research university and places great emphasis on quality in research. The University operates dozens of research institutions and centres, which are the venue for diverse research in various fields. Leading Icelandic scientists take part in research at the University, and each day strong innovative work takes place at the University of Iceland.
The following career and guidance counsellors offer students at the University of Iceland individual interviews on career counselling: Ásta Gunnlaug Briem, Inga Berg Gísladóttir, Jóhanna Sólveig Lövdahl, Jónína Kárdal, Kristjana Mjöll Sigurðardóttir, Laufey Guðný Kristinsdóttir and Lýdía Kristín Sigurðardóttir.
The University of Iceland does not provide or guarantee housing for students. The supply of on-campus housing is very limited and most students live off-campus. Reykjavik is an expensive city and monthly rent for an individual is typically from 100,000 ISK (approx 720 EUR) and up. Please see the following options for finding housing in Reykjavik.
All services that students need in order to access books and teaching materials are available on the University campus. Students have access to the National and University Library, which is the most advanced library inthe country.
Computing Services operates the University of Iceland computer network and is responsible for computer equipment for teaching etc.
The University of Iceland is aware that exercise is important for all students and therefore two gymnasiums in the campus area are open to all university students and staff for a modest fee.
The Minister of Education, Science and Culture granted accreditation to the University of Iceland to offer curricula leading to Bachelor's, Master's and Doctorate degrees in all of its Schools, in accordance with The Higher Education Institutions Act No. 63/2006, Rules on the Accreditation of Higher Education Institutions no. 1067/2006 and Rules on Doctorate Programmes in Higher Education Institutions no. 37/2007. The accreditation was granted following an expert evaluation by foreign specialists in quality assurance.