Martin Floreš, exchange student, Czech Republic-

“Life-changing experience. Friendly atmosphere at the University of Akureyri, kind people everywhere and breathtaking nature. That's Iceland, that's UNAK.”

— Martin Floreš, exchange student, Czech Republic-

The University of Akureyri is a young and dynamic university, located in Akureyri, Iceland’s second city and capital of the north. The University of Akureyri has been providing higher education since 1987 and offers a wide range of study both on undergraduate and graduate level which is divided into three schools; Health Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Business and Science. The university also specialises in arctic studies, notably a master programmes in Polar Law, and qualifications in West Nordic Studies. Foreign students will experience a friendly and personalised study environment at the University of Akureyri.


Icelandic is the language of instruction in most of the courses at the university but a number of courses are offered in English for exchange students. All the courses in the Polar Law programme are taught in English and is the only full-time programme taught in English at the University of Akureyri. The University of Akureyri offers four courses every academic year that aim to introduce the Icelandic language, community and nature for international students at the university.

We welcome you to join us in the academic community at the University of Akureyri.



University of Akureyri
Sólborg v/Norðurslóð
600 Akureyri
+354 4608000

Photos: © Auðunn Nílsson, University of Akureyri