Applying for student exchange


Only students from our partner schools may apply for the exchange programme at Bifröst University. Bifröst takes part in Erasmus exchange programme between Europe universities and has many bilateral agreements with selected universities in North and South America and Asia. Bifröst is also a member of the University of the Arctic and takes part in UArctic’s north2north student exchange programme.

How to apply

You must always start the application procedure by contacting the International Office at your home university.  Once your International Office has nominated you to study at Bifröst, please follow these instructions:

  • Fill out and submit the online application form. Don’t forget to attach all required documentation before submitting the application.
  • Click on the following link to download the ECTS learning agreement if your international coordinator has not already provided you with a copy.
  • Fill out the ECTS learning agreement. It should list the courses you plan to take and must be signed by the international coordinator at your home institution. If the course list for the term you are coming to Bifröst has not been posted yet, refer to the list from the previous year or simply write “Exchange Programme - 30 ECTS credits.”  You can revise the learning agreement later.
  • Obtain a copy of your transcript (your academic record) from your home university.
  • Make a copy of the photo page of your passport.  If you have a driver’s license, please also make a copy of this (both sides for European standard licenses). Note: it is not essential that you send copies of your passport and driver’s license with your application, but this will save time later.

In many cases, your home university will send the application on your behalf.

Applications must reach us by:
15 May for autumn term  
15 October for spring term

Early applications are strongly encouraged. Applicants from outside the EU/EEA (including the USA, Canada, Russia, China, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and other countries) must apply earlier in order to allow time to apply for an Icelandic student residence permit. Processing a residence permit can take up to three months.

Why choose Bifröst? 

  • Small campus university with a commitment to academic innovation
  • Outstanding teachers, personal attention and frequent assignments
  • Excellent study and learning facilities
  • Guaranteed on-campus housing for all students
  • Dramatic natural setting in one of Iceland’s most beautiful regions
  • Family-friendly campus, ideal for students with children
  • 100-year tradition of business and management education

Financial support

Neither Bifröst nor the Icelandic government offers financial support for international students, but students from within the EU can apply for an Erasmus grant through their home university to lessen the financial burden of their study period abroad.

Administration fee 

There is a 45.000 ISK administration/service fee for incoming exchange students, payable on arrival.

Course offerings

Bifröst University currently offers bachelor’s and master’s programmes in Icelandic in three departments: Business, Law and Social Science. Every semester, Bifröst offers a selection of undergraduate courses in English. For more detailed information on individual courses, check the list of courses taught in English.

Icelandic language courses

Exchange students coming to Bifröst University have the opportunity to take an Icelandic language and culture course, worth 6 ECTS credits.

Services and facilities for exchange students

  • Organized bus pick-up at the beginning of the semester
  • A welcome dinner/party
  • Guaranteed on-campus housing
  • Free wireless internet access on campus
  • Free access to gym and sauna in the middle of campus
  • Free access to library, study and laundry facilities
  • One day trip arranged by the university each semester for exchange students
  • A good-bye dinner/party
  • Airport shuttle at the end of the semester.
  • For students with young children, opportunity to enrol children in on-campus preschool


We know that as a prospective exchange student you will have loads of questions concerning course offerings, travel, accommodation and so on. We are happy to answer any further questions you might have about your stay with us, so please do not hesitate to send us an e-mail.
We look forward to hearing from you.

Heiða Vigdís Sigfúsdóttir
International Coordinator

Tel: +354 433 3000