Welcome to the Iceland University of the Arts

The three main values of the Iceland University of the Arts are curiosity, understanding, and courage, all of which you will need as you embark on a new phase of your life in a new country. On this page you will find some information to help you navigate on this journey.



Orientation days are held during the first week of every semester. The programme is organised by the Student Services and the International Office. It includes introductory meetings, campus tour, crash course in Icelandic and a reception. We encourage all new students to take part in these activities wich serve as a platform for students to meet each other and a tool towards adapting to a new environment. Further information about the programme and schedule will be sent by email to all new students in mid August.

Accommodation and Cost of Living

Student accommodation is not provided at the IUA. Most students find rooms/apartments with private landlords in the city or through rental services. Links are provided in the side menu. Additionally websites such as AirBnB, Housing Anywhere and Erasmusu.com may be helpful tools towards finding a place to stay.
A room for rent may cost between 70.000 - 100.000 ISK per month. Prices for an apartment vary greatly. Please, note that demand for apartments in the center of Reykjavík is very high and finding accommodation can be difficult.
Note also that due to tourism and high demand for accommodation in the summer time, finding housing in August can be tricky. As a result you might need to stay in short term housing during your first days of study as some rooms may not be available for long-term rent until 1st September.

It is important to keep in mind that cost of living in Reykjavik is high. It is not far from cost of living in other Scandinavian capitals but may in some cases be even higher. The official estimated cost of living in Iceland is 180.550 ISK per month for one person, but of course this varies depending on individual needs and lifestyle. For further information go to studyiniceland.is

Registration and Student Residence Permits

Citizens from EU/EEA/EFTA countries do not need to obtain a student residence permit to study in Iceland. Students staying in Iceland for longer than six months, should register with the Registers Iceland. Through this application you will receive an Icelandic ID number "kennitala". Exchange students staying for less than 6 months, who would like to obtain kennitala should contact the International office of IUA.

Citizens of countries outside the EU/EEA/EFTA area must apply for a residence permit in Iceland. This applies also to Erasmus students who do not hold an EU/EEA/EFTA passport. Please note that the process takes time and effort so we urge you to read the information and instructions on the website of the Directorate of Immigration carefully.

Learning Icelandic

At the Iceland University of the Arts, the main language of instruction at the BA level is Icelandic, while all MA studies are conducted in English (except Arts Education and Vocal/Instrumental Education). Though you will find that you can quite easily get away with speaking English in Iceland, we encourage you to learn our language as a part of your experience of living in Iceland.

The IUA offers Icelandic courses in both autumn and spring semester. These are courses in spoken and written Icelandic, focusing on basic social situations, everyday needs and simple social transactions which students experience in their everday life in Iceland. Students will also gain an understanding of the basic features of the grammar of Icelandic and get a deeper insight in Icelandic culture and society. Please, not that the places may be limited so make sure to register on time. Information about schedule and how to register will be sent by email to all international students at the beginning of the semester.

Other options:

The University Centre of the West Fjords offers an annual intensive course in August on different levels.

Courses available throughout the year in Reykjavik:

Support, services and contact information

In addition to the orientation days, we offer information, advice, support and guidance throughout the year. This includes a beginners course in Icelandic (autumn and spring semester) and advanced level (spring), field trips to cultural institutions, general informtion on study progress, information and advice on making mobility abroad (for studying or training), as well as student and career counselling.  

Departmental Coordinators

For information on study progress or learning agreements (exchange students), please contact the relevant study department:
Architecture & Design: Hafdís Harðardóttir: hafdis@lhi.is 
Fine Art: Edda Kristín Sigurjónsdóttir: eddakristin@lhi.is
Music: Sunna Sigurðardóttir: sunna@lhi.is
Theatre and Performance: Dagmar Atladóttir: dagmar@lhi.is

Student Counsellor

Students can make an appointment with the student counsellor regarding educational and personal matters.
Björg Jóna Birgisdóttir, bjorg@lhi.is

International Office

For information on mobility abroad, scholarships and partner institutions:
Alma Ragnarsdóttir, alma@lhi.is
Þorgerður Edda Hall, thorgerdurhall@lhi.is


If you need assistance regarding your username, email, and passwords please contact: verkbeidni@lhi.is



Main office: Þverholt 11, 5th floor. 

Alma Ragnarsdóttir: alma@lhi.is

Þorgerður Edda Hall: thorgerdurhall@lhi.is



Study in Iceland

Registers Iceland

Directorate of Immigration

Health Insurance

Safe Travel in Iceland



Academic Calendar

Course Lists


Student Counselling