Why Reykjavik University?

A global university in the heart of Iceland's capital

Reykjavik University is a vibrant, student-centered, 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, emphasizing 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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Strong international ranking position

Reykjavik University is ranked in 301-350th place in the Times Higher Education World University Ranking, making RU the highest ranked university in Iceland. For the third consecutive year, RU ranks highest of all universities for citations, which is an estimate of universities' research influence. 


Hands-on learning

Reykjavik University is small university with about 3500 students. Classes are small and interactive and the atmosphere is informal. RU emphasizes 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.  

Focus on research

Reykjavik University has a clear and progressive research strategy and students have varied opportunities to take part in research projects. RU's scientists are active participants in the international research community, and research activity of faculty is measured by international standards. Research is carried out in centres hosted by academic departments. More about research at RU.

Modern Campus

Set in one of the most beautiful areas of Reykjavik, the newly built campus offers students modern, first-rate facilities. All of RU's operations take place under a single roof, where you'll find, for example, classrooms, library, a gym, a cafeteria and well-equipped study areas and student rooms for group-work. 

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Student Housing

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

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. 

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