Exchange students

Reykjavik University welcomes around 200 exchange students to our campus each year. Students join us for one or two semesters, and we offer a wide selection of courses taught in English at both undergraduate and graduate level. The university has exchange agreements with 160 universities around the world. If Reykjavik University does not have an exchange agreement with your university, you can apply as a Free Mover student and pay tuition fees directly to Reykjavik University, take a look at our Free-mover guide . Take a look at the page, why study at Reykjavik University, for more reasons to join us.

Does my university have an agreement with Reykjavik University?

Please note: Those interested in attending RU as an exchange student should contact their own university exchange office first to be nominated.

What can I study?

election of course for exchange students taught in English. Exchange students cannot take courses offered by Iceland School of Energy or the MBA programme (exception Freemover students). We are not able to  accept students for thesis work, unless a special agreement is in place for thesis collaboration.


A full time workload is 30 ECTS. Students must take a minimum 18 ECTS and can take a maximum 36 ECTS, and 30 ECTS for the School of Business.

Course selection

The course catalogue will be ready March 15th for the Fall semester and November 1st for the Spring. Course available to exchange students are listed under each department under "Exchange Studies". Only courses listed under “Exchange Studies” are available to exchange students (exception Freemover students). Students may select courses from other departments, but you must make sure you meet the prerequisites for the courses. Below you can find a preliminary selection of courses available for each department. 


Practical Information

Academic Information

Any questions?

Contact our dedicated incoming exchange co-ordinator Verity Louise Sharp,

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