Each semester the Iceland University of the Arts welcomes around 35 exchange students from partner institutions. As the number of applications exceeds the number of available study places, the selection of students is based on the quality of their applications and portfolios.

Please find below the list of study programmes that are open to exchange students. The IUA only accepts exchange students for the period of one semester, with the exception of students applying to the Department of Music. Exchange students are admitted as full-time students and are expected to complete at least 20 ECTS, within the programme they have applied for, during their exchange semester.

Exchange Application

Please note:

  • IUA does not accept applications through email or regular post.
  • Please make sure to use the Exchange application form here below, and not the electronic application on the website of each study department.
For applicants applying for Departments of Design and Architecture, Fine Art, and Performing Arts:
  • Exchange application
  • Portfolio/Examples of work (can be a URL or website)
  • Letter of motivation
  • CV in English
  • Photocopy of passport / ID Card
  • Documents confirming special needs, if needed
For applicants applying for Departments of Music:

IUA only accepts applications to the Department of Music through the online application system EASY.
When applying online, make sure to double check that you have chosen the correct home institution. 
Prepare the following before starting your online application:

  • List of subjects for the online study plan
  • Audition Recording / Examples of work
  • Letter of Motivation
  • CV in English
  • Photocopy of passport / ID Card
  • Documents confirming special needs, if needed

You will find the EASY application here.


The following study programmes are able to host exchange students:

Department of Design and Architecture

BA Architecture
BA Fashion Design
BA Visual Communication
BA Product Design
MA in Design

Department of Fine Art

BA Fine Art
MA in Fine Art

Department of Music

BMus Instrumental/vocal performance
BA Composition
MA Compostition
MMus New Audiences and Innovative Practice (NAIP)

Department of Performing Arts

BA Contemporary Dance Practices  NOT APPLICABLE in 2018
BA Theatre and Performance Making


Practical Information

Application deadlines: 15 April (for autumn) & 15 October (for spring)

Autumn semester: 20 August - 14 December, 2018. 

Spring semester: 7 January - 16 May, 2019.

Course Catalogue

Information for New Students

International Office

Alma Ragnarsdóttir, alma@lhi.is

Þorgerður Edda Hall, thorgerdurhall@lhi.is

Contacts at Departments of Studies

Department of Design and Architecture, Hafdís Harðardóttir: hafdis@lhi.is

Department of Fine Art, Edda Kristín Sigurjónsdóttir: eddakristin@lhi.is

Department of Performing Arts, Dagmar Atladóttir: dagmar@lhi.is

Department of Music, Sunna Sigurdardóttir: sunna@lhi.is