Why Reykjavik University?

A global university in the heart of Iceland's capital

Reykjavik University is a vibrant, student centred, international university with an international faculty and students originating from all over the world. The core activities of the University are teaching and research with strong ties with industry and society, emphasising interdisciplinary work, international context, innovation and service excellence. The RU culture is crafted by personal relations and respect for society and the environment.


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Reykjavik University is ranked in 301-350th place in the Times Higher Education World University Ranking published in September 2020, making RU the highest ranked university in Iceland. For the second consecutive year, RU ranks highest of all universities in citations, which is an estimate of universities' research influence. Research is carried out in centres hosted by academic departments. More about research at RU


RU emphasises hands-on learning that prepares students for the challenges they will meet after graduation. This means working with other students completing actual, real-world assignments and projects, often in collaboration with companies and institutions. This is one way in which students benefit from RU's extensive connection to industry. The number of students at RU is approximately 3500 and all teaching takes place under one roof, creating a friendly sense of community. The campus is easily accessible from the centre of the city.



RU student housing is a few minutes' walk to the University building. Students can apply for single rooms, single apartments, apartments for couples, or family apartments for a reasonable price. The accommodation is in great demand so allocation is not guaranteed.

Applying for courses

Please see our application guide for more information. 

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Reykjavik and Iceland

Iceland is ranked number one on the Global Peace Index. It is furthermore one of the highest ranked countries in the world in terms of health care, equality, education and internet availability. Iceland is a large country but very sparsely populated with just around 360,000 inhabitants. The city of Reykjavik has great opportunities for outdoor activities and engaging in various hobbies, and boasts a lively art scene. Reykjavik is also known for its many outdoor swimming pools that are geothermally heated. Almost all energy for heat and electricity in Iceland comes from renewable resources.

Enjoying nature

Many visitors are drawn to Iceland each year to experience the island's unique nature, its volcanoes, glaciers, waterfalls, black sands and unspoiled wilderness. The winters are dark but summers have endless hours of daylight. 

English proficiency

In Iceland, English is spoken by nearly everyone. International students should not have any problems communicating with Icelanders. 

Reykjavik University campus with Hallgrímskirkja in the background

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