Do you want to study in an extraordinary place where ice and fire rule? ‘The land of ice and fire’, also known as Iceland, will offer you an experience that you will never forget!
Not only is Iceland known for some of the largest glaciers in Europe and some of the world’s most active volcanoes, it is also home to a progressive and peaceful nation that has formed a modern society, where freedom and equality are the most important qualities.
Do not be afraid that you will always feel cold; despite its name and the fact that it is geographically located just below the Arctic Circle, Iceland has a relatively moderate climate. Thanks to the Gulf Stream, Iceland enjoys a cool, temperate maritime climate with refreshing summers and mild winters.
Iceland is also the land of light and darkness. This is your chance to experience long summer days with nearly 24 hours of daylight and short winter days with only a few hours of light.
Great quality of life
When you choose to study in Iceland, you will live in one of the top-ranked countries when it comes to quality of life, gender equality and democracy.
The country is ranked as one of the best countries in the world with regard to health care, education and Internet availability. Education levels are high and unemployment has been almost non-existent for years.
The cornerstone of Icelandic culture is the Icelandic language, which has spawned a literary tradition that dates back to the ancient Icelandic sagas. Today, a strong literary tradition still thrives in modern Iceland.
Icelandic authors publish more books per capita than any other country in the world! English is also spoken fluently and widely in Iceland, while there are many programmes taught in English.
Swimming or studying?
After a long day of studying, you need some time to relax. Luckily for you, you have decided to study in a country known for its unique swimming pool culture.
Whatever community you visit, you can be sure that it has a public swimming pool. Most pools are outdoors and open all year round, as they are an essential aspect of Icelandic culture. Many Icelanders visit frequently for a swim, to play with their children or to soak in the hot tubs.
You can also find natural hot springs across the country, where you can enjoy a soak in naturally heated water as well as the exquisite scenery.
Vibrant student life
Next to enjoying the outdoor hot springs and swimming pools, Iceland offers a vibrant and fulfilling student life, from fantastic nature and stunning landscapes on your doorstep to an active and exciting student life within the university as well as the local community.
Universities have students' unions, which are there to promote and protect the interests of all students within the university. They often provide a range of services, putting on regular events as well as engaging with both the Icelandic and the international student population.
Each programme or department at a university usually has a student society, which offers all sorts of activities from quizzes and study support to the Icelandic student tradition of the vísindaferð.
The vísindaferð – or science trip – is when a group visits an organisation or place of interest, usually on a Friday afternoon. They are often given a tour, something exciting to do as well as refreshments and snacks, usually moving downtown later in the evening.
The places and organisations that student societies visit vary from phone and TV companies, businesses, museums, local charities and local government to football clubs and many others.
When you choose to study in Iceland, you choose to study and live close to nature, soak up its extraordinary cultural heritage and meet with students from all over the world.
For more information on studying in Iceland, visit the Study in Iceland website and Iceland’s country profile.
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