Exchange students

Reykjavik University welcomes around 250 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 levels. 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 Freemover. Please email our incoming team for information on how to apply.

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?

We offer a selection of courses for exchange students taught in English. However, Iceland School of Energy courses are exclusive to students from universities with a specific agreement or Freemover students. Our MBA Programme is mainly open to 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 International Office team:

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