Iceland Waterfall Student 298286654

We invite you to be among a small, fortunate group of Americans studying abroad in Reykjavík, Iceland - the land of natural wonders! You can enroll in courses (in English!) alongside Icelandic and other international students in a variety of subject areas, including international business, computer science (including game design), and engineering. You'll earn credit while exploring the country widely known for its high quality of life, commitment to environmental innovation, and incredible beauty.

What's Included?

Highlights

Pre Departure Services

Advising

APIConnect Platform

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

Scholarships

On Site Services

Airport Reception

On-Site Orientation

Housing

Tuition

Medical and Life Insurance

Excursions

Resident Directors

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

Transcript

Alumni Network and API Ambassador Program

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Application Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 G.P.A.
  • Open to juniors and seniors
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • CV/Résumé
  • Official transcript
  • Entry requirement: valid passport with supporting documents (more information provided post-acceptance)
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Extended Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Fall Aug 8, 2022 - Dec 14, 2022 $13,650 Apr 15, 2022 No Extension May 15, 2022
Academic Year Aug 8, 2022 - May 17, 2023 $26,300 Apr 15, 2022 No Extension May 15, 2022
Spring Jan 3, 2023 - May 17, 2023 $13,650 Oct 1, 2022 No Extension Oct 15, 2022

API students participate excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API Reykjavík programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.

  • Golden Circle Tour

    This trip will start at the Þingvellir National Park, which is one the most beautiful and historic places in Iceland. From Þingvellir, the group will travel to the geyser area at Geysir before visiting the famous Gullfoss waterfall.

  • Snæfellsnes Peninsula

    On this excursion, you will see volcanoes, glaciers, geothermal areas, cultural sites, beautiful stretches of coast and geological marvels. You will also have an opportunity to cave in a 7000-year-old lava tube and to hunt for the elusive and magical Northern Lights. This is where Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth started.

  • Westman Islands

    This tour will take students on a short ferry ride to the Vestmannaeyjar Archipelago, home of Iceland’s most accessible Atlantic Puffin colony and site of the 1973 Eldfell volcanic eruption that buried much of the town of Heimaey. Students will have a chance to see the puffins in their natural habitat (and may even see the famed “puffin patrols” in action), as well as tour the lava fields and visit one of the homes buried in the eruption and preserved under ash and lava for almost 50 years.

  • Fire, Ice, and Waterfalls

    This FULL DAY excursion includes a visit to Iceland’s LAVA Center exhibition, which focuses on seismic and volcanic activity - key features in the Icelandic landscape. It continues with stops at the famous 200-foot tall waterfalls of the south coast, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, which have been featured in many movies and TV shows, and a visit to the hidden waterfall Gljúfrafoss. Finally, we visit the Sólheimajökull glacier valley to observe the effects of our changing climate.

  • Golden Circle Tour

    This trip will start at the Þingvellir National Park, which is one the most beautiful and historic places in Iceland. From Þingvellir, the group will travel to the geyser area at Geysir before visiting the famous Gullfoss waterfall.

  • Snæfellsnes Peninsula

    On this excursion, you will see volcanoes, glaciers, geothermal areas, cultural sites, beautiful stretches of coast and geological marvels. You will also have an opportunity to cave in a 7000-year-old lava tube and to hunt for the elusive and magical Northern Lights. This is where Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth started.

  • Westman Islands

    This tour will take students on a short ferry ride to the Vestmannaeyjar Archipelago, home of Iceland’s most accessible Atlantic Puffin colony and site of the 1973 Eldfell volcanic eruption that buried much of the town of Heimaey. Students will have a chance to see the puffins in their natural habitat (and may even see the famed “puffin patrols” in action), as well as tour the lava fields and visit one of the homes buried in the eruption and preserved under ash and lava for almost 50 years.

  • Fire, Ice, and Waterfalls

    This FULL DAY excursion includes a visit to Iceland’s LAVA Center exhibition, which focuses on seismic and volcanic activity - key features in the Icelandic landscape. It continues with stops at the famous 200-foot tall waterfalls of the south coast, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, which have been featured in many movies and TV shows, and a visit to the hidden waterfall Gljúfrafoss. Finally, we visit the Sólheimajökull glacier valley to observe the effects of our changing climate.

  • Golden Circle Tour

    This trip will start at the Þingvellir National Park, which is one the most beautiful and historic places in Iceland. From Þingvellir, the group will travel to the geyser area at Geysir before visiting the famous Gullfoss waterfall.

  • Snæfellsnes Peninsula

    On this excursion, you will see volcanoes, glaciers, geothermal areas, cultural sites, beautiful stretches of coast and geological marvels. You will also have an opportunity to cave in a 7000-year-old lava tube and to hunt for the elusive and magical Northern Lights. This is where Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth started.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 12-15 credits per semester

API students who study abroad in Reykjavík, Iceland will be able to directly enroll with Icelandic and other international students and be among a small, fortunate group of Americans studying abroad in Iceland! Students can select courses from a variety of subject areas, including international business, computer science (including game design), and engineering.

TRANSCRIPTS

Students receive an official transcript from the Reykjavík University, upon successful completion of their program.

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    Bryce Romero

    Bryce Romero will be your Program Manager and help prepare you to go abroad!

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    Christopher Matthews

    Christopher Matthews will be your Resident Director in Iceland and a resource for you on-site.

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COURSE INFORMATION

Fall semester students will take 4 courses over a 12-week period, followed by a 2-week exam period and a final optional 3-week, 3-credit intensive project-based course. Spring semester students in both the School of Computer Science and Engineering will follow this same pattern. The School of Business does not offer 3-week intensive courses in the spring semester.

Courses are geared toward upperclassmen, so it is recommended that students have a background in the subjects they plan on studying. Some graduate-level courses are available to students who meet the prerequisites.

Students are encouraged to take the majority of their courses from one academic department to better ensure course and schedule compatibility.

The course selection may vary and no course is guaranteed. Some courses may require additional fees for labs, equipment, etc. These fees are not included in the program cost. Contact the API Program Manager if you have any questions about the course selection process.

CREDIT INFORMATION

Reykjavík University operates on the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). It is generally accepted that in order to convert from ECTS to U.S. semester credits, one should divide the ECTS total by 2, whereby most courses are worth 3 U.S. semester credits.

Courses at Reykjavík University (Business, Computer Science and Engineering Program)

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Courses at Reykjavík University (Business, Computer Science and Engineering Program)

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Courses at Reykjavík University (Business, Computer Science and Engineering Program)

For the most up-to-date course availability and class syllabi for this program, explore our Class Finder. Sort courses by term, area of study, and more!

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Highlights
  • Classes in English with Icelandic students
  • STEM and business courses

Students in Reykjavík will live in local apartments and guesthouses. Rooms will generally be double-occupancy with shared bathrooms, living areas, kitchen, and laundry facilities.

Note: Housing between the fall and spring semesters is not included.