Information regarding applications

Information regarding an application can depend on the individual concerned. If you do not find your question and an answer to it here, then you can send an enquiry to the Student Registry.

What is the application deadline?

Application deadlines for degree-seeking students:


What are the admission requirements for HA?

Please familiarise yourself with information on the language of instruction.

Icelandic matriculation examination (stúdentspróf: school leaving examination after three years of secondary school) or equivalent or at least 60 ECTS from a recognized University.

Students who apply for admission to graduate programmes must have completed a BA or BSc degree or comparable three-year university studies with a first-class grade (7.25).

The admission requirements differ between Schools.

How do I apply?

  • You apply on the Online application portal
  • You create an account with an email address if you do not have Icelandic electronic identification.
  • You get an email from the application portal to confirm your application email. Please read the information that is on the application portal website carefully.
  • You select the Study programme you wish to apply for, please make sure to upload all necessary documents with your application.
  • You can see the status of your application in the application portal.

Do I have to pay an application fee?

Citizens of countries outside EEA/EFTA (exempting the Faroe Islands and Greenland) are required to pay a fee of 50 EUR for the handling and processing of their applications. The fee is charged as part of the online application process. The handling and processing fee is not refundable.

How much is the registration fee?

Students at UNAK pay an annual registration fee of ISK 75,000.- but not school fees. There are no scholarships available.

New students pay the registration fee in Ugla´s application portal. Ugla is the name of the student system at UNAK. Students pay the registration fee through Ugla following their annual registration.

The registration fee must be paid by, July 4th. Please note that payment deadlines can vary between different study programmes. After July 4th the registration fee will be ISK 86,250.-

By paying the fee, the applicant confirms his place at UNAK the following school year. If you have not paid the registration fee on August 15th you are considered to have turned down your place at UNAK the following school year and have to apply again in the next year if you wish to study at UNAK.

Are there any scholarships available?

No, there are no scholarships available.

What is the language of instruction?

The principal language of instruction is Icelandic. Students need to demonstrate knowledge of the language of instruction. Both Schools offer some courses in English and some Faculties allow international students to take their examinations in English during the first semester of study. This is, however, always subject to the approval of each School and individual instructors.

See more information here

Do I have to take classes in person at the University of Akureyri?

Yes, except for undergraduate studies in Business. Námslota (meaning study sessions) take place in Akureyri. Námslota is held regularly throughout the school year, but their number and length vary between Study Programmes. Námslota is held one, two or three times per semester and can last two to five days at a time. Students are required to attend the sessions and be active during them. 

Is your application valid?

Your application is not valid if you have not submitted all the necessary accompanying documents:

  • CV (curriculum vitae)
  • Statement of your objectives and expectations regarding the studies
  • Transcript of records
  • Copy of passport
  • Two letters of reference

Scanned copies of a certified transcript can be attached to the application (in pdf format) or e-mailed to You can also send the certified transcript via mail to:

University of Akureyri
c/o Student Registry Office
Norðurslóð 2
600 Akureyri

Your application is considered unsatisfactory and invalid if the accompanying documents have not been received by the following dates:

  • 15th of April for NON-EU/EEA CITIZENS
  • 15th of June for EU/EEA CITIZENS

What is a certified transcript?

A certified transcript is a hard copy document issued by the educational institution on its official paper, signed and certified by the institution with the institution’s stamp in colour, or otherwise certified by an accredited, official authority.

What is the status of my application?

You can monitor the status of your application on the HA communication portal.

When will I know whether or not I will be admitted to the University?

Applications will be responded to:

  • At the start of May for NON-EU/EEA CITIZENS - May vary between different Study Programmes
  • At the latest around mid-July for EU/EEA CITIZENS

For information regarding applications at the University of Akureyri send an e-mail to 

Responding time for applications for study programmes taught at the University Center of the Westfjords may vary. For information regarding applications send e-mail to

You confirm your admission by paying the registration fee.

  • The registration fee is non-refundable

When do programmes at the University start?

There can be some differences between when teaching starts in programmes.

  • Teaching in the fall semester generally starts at the end of August
  • Teaching in the spring semester begins at the start of January
  • A timetable appears in Ugla generally one month before the start of the semester

Study the academic calendar where you can see the most important dates regarding the programmes.

What do first-year students need to familiarise themselves with?

The start of university studies is a turning point which raises many questions. Here you can find answers to some of the more common ones.