Iceland has seven universities, four of which are public and three private. The country also has other accredited institutions offering higher education. The academic year begins in September and ends in May. It is made up of two semesters. Students do not pay any tuition fees in public universities, there is however a small registration fee. Private universities set up their own fee structure.
Funding is available to international students wishing to study in Iceland. The Ministry of Education, Science and Culture in Iceland awards scholarships annually to students wanting to study Icelandic language, literature and history. Assistantship Funds and Doctoral Grants are also available for international students who are already registered at one of the public universities.
The country is interested in attracting more international students as well as exchange students. This is why the larger universities are making every effort to offer an increasing number of courses taught in English.
A number of institutions run summer courses in a range of subjects like business, engineering, sport science, computer science and Icelandic. Intensive language courses are also available during the summer for exchange students.
Other short term, college level programs are available in Environmental Studies, Research Studies, Conservation and Preservation and Natural Sciences. Research Study programs provide Home-stay living arrangements. Iceland leads the world in developing uses of renewable energy. Many study options allowing students to experience the benefits of using renewable energies and learning from the Iceland’s experience are available.