We may suspect the intelligence of student from India, with a population of more than a billion, moving for higher education to Iceland, with a population of little more than three lakh people. After all, this European island is just a speck with an area of 103,000 km2 in the North Atlantic Ocean, just below the Arctic Circle The Iceland name brings to our mind a picture of a landmass covered with ice
But we should remember in 2007, it was that ranked as the most developed country in the world by the United Nations Human Development Index. In 2009, its rank fell to three, with India ranking at 134 in the table. Iceland is one of the richest countries in the world, based on GDP and per capita income. It is considered to be one of the finest countries to live in. Capital: Reykjavik. Currency: Icelandic Krona (ISK), approximately equal to 2.6 Indian Rupees.
At present there are nearly 18,000 students enrolled in the higher education institutions in Iceland, of which 5% are international students. There are several university level institutions.
The academic year lasts from September to December- Fall semester and January to May - Spring Semester. You can take undergraduate degree from 12th std and PG studies after Bachelor's Degree. Most institution offer individual courses in English.
Universities in Iceland are :
1) University of Iceland
2) Reykjavik University
3) Uniersity of Akureyri
4) Bifrost University
5) Agricultural University of Iceland
Holar Univeristy College
2) Iceland Academy of the Arts
3) School for Renewable Energy Science
Though Icelandic is the principal language of instruction in higher education, most institutions offer individual courses in English.
You need a residence permit if staying longer than 3 months in Iceland. You need to get an Icelandic Identification Number upon arrival in Iceland. The ID number is necessary to register for courses, have a scholarship paid, open bank account, get a tax card, etc. Website : www.utl.is
For information on accomodation for students, work permits, etc visit www.studentamidlun.is