Examinations are conducted at the end of the autumn and spring semesters. For precise dates, please consult the academic calendar.

Repeat examinations are conducted at the beginning of January and the end of May. These examinations are specifically advertised in Ugla.

The project manager of examinations is Bryndís Ásta Böðvarsdóttir.

Examination timetables

You can see your examination timetable in Ugla under the heading My courses > Examinations.

Examinations for distance students

Distance students can take examinations at centres of continuing education and training if unable to attend examinations at the University of Akureyri.

Students who live abroad can be granted special exemptions to take examinations as external students outside registered examination centres. Students have to designate a specific examination centre at a recognised university or embassy and apply to the University of Akureyri to sit examinations abroad before 1 November in the autumn and 1 April in spring > Apply to sit examinations abroad. The student in question has to defray the cost involved.

All examinations are held at the same time as examinations in Iceland. There may be a significant time difference.

Examination regulations

Examinations are subject to detailed regulations, but here the main aspects are covered. Make sure you are thoroughly familiar with the regulations as a whole.

General regulations

  • You must show up for an examination no less than ten minutes before it begins
  • If you turn up more than an hour after the examination has begun you will not be allowed to sit the examination
  • You must bring an identification document with a picture and keep it on your table during an examination
  • You must not keep the following in the vicinity of the examination table; coat, phone, bag or other equipment which is not included in permitted examination aids. This also applies to earphones and a smart watch
  • It is forbidden to cause disturbance in the examination hall
  • You must neither partake of food nor use tobacco during an examination

Students’ presence in an examination

  • You must not leave the examination hall during the first hour
  • You are only allowed to leave an examination to go to the toilet accompanied by an examination invigilator
  • You are not allowed to hand in your examination results earlier than one hour after the start of the examination
  • If you complete your examination before the examination time is up, you must leave the examination hall and make sure that you do not disturb those who are completing the examination

Examination time

  • Examination time indicates the time you are given to complete your examination
  • The invigilator can alter the examination time if an unforeseeable disturbance occurs in the carrying out of the examination
  • The invigilator must inform the students immediately if there is an alteration to examination time
  • Examination time cannot be altered after the beginning of the examination unless requested by the examination supervisor in which case this has to be agreed by the invigilator
  • When the examination is over you must hand in your examination papers without delay

Handing in your examination papers

  • In electronic examination you must inform the invigilator when you have completed your examination and he will record your time of completion
  • You submit all results and answer papers (examination questions and draft sheets) in written examinations, labelled with name and ID number, to the invigilator at the end of the examination
  • If a school ID number is available, this should be used to label results and answer papers
  • In composite examinations you must respond to each component of the examination on a special answer sheet

Infringements of the Regulations on Course Assessment

  • If a student is suspected of cheating in an examination, the director of examinations, or his deputy, is consulted and appropriate action taken
  • The Rector of the University decides on disciplinary action with regard to the alleged breach, in potential consultation with the University’s ethics committee

Registering for and deregistering from examinations

Registering for a course is also equivalent to registering for an examination.

In the event that no final examination is included in the course description, the teacher submits a study assessment. Students have to be registered for a course in order to be able to sit an examination or receive a study assessment.

The period for deregistering from courses in the autumn semester runs out 1 November and 1 April for the spring semester.

Illnesses during examination terms

If you take an examination away from the University of Akureyri, you should notify the examination centre that you will not attend before the beginning of the examination.

It is not necessary to submit a certificate to the University of Akureyri due to illness during examinations.

Resit examinations

You have two opportunities to sit a final examination. If you fail to attend the main examination, you are not automatically registered for the term of repeat examinations. You register in Uglan for a resit examination by clicking on a blue notification banner which appears after the grade has been published.

If you decide to retake an examination and register for a resit examination, the latter grade will be valid, even if it is lower. If you fail to attend the resit examination you must resit the course.

Resit examinations are held at the beginning of January with regard to courses in the autumn semester and at the end of May due to courses in the spring semester.

Examination fees

A fee of ISK 6,000 has to be paid in the Ugla payment portal for an examination during repeat examination term. You must disburse the fee no less than a week before the examination to ensure a valid registration.

Special assistance during examinations

Student counsellors attend to consultation, instruction and registration in regard to special assistance during examinations.

You must register early for an interview with a study counsellor to ensure that you can be given the best advice possible.