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.
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:
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.
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.
There is a 45.000 ISK administration/service fee for incoming exchange students, payable on arrival.
Each semester, a group of foreign exchange students comes to Bifröst University. We make sure exchange students feel welcome at Bifröst by holding an orientation day where they are introduced to all the facilities and the study system. Exchange students will also have their personal buddy. The buddy system helps exchange students to integrate into the campus community and adapt easily to life at Bifröst.
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 for the semester(s) you plan to attend.
Exchange students coming to Bifröst University have the opportunity to take an Icelandic language and culture course, worth 6 ECTS credits.
Exchange students can also apply for an intensive language course in August. The course is lasts three weeks and is hosted by the University Centre of the West Fjords in Northwest Iceland. For further information and registration, click here.
We know that as a prospective exchange student you will have loads of questions concerning course offerings, travel, accommodation and so on. We suggest you start by reading through the section on planning your trip to Bifröst and then to look through the course lists. 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.
Mr. Karl Eiríksson
Head of International Office
Tel.: +354 433 3000