Reykjavik Capital Area has over 17,000 students enrolled in academic institutes. The nation is generally well educated and around 45% of people living in the capital area hold a university degree. This is comparable to the highest ranking metropolitan areas in the US. Generally, Icelanders are proficient in English. Iceland has excellent infant, primary and secondary schools, and after school daycare centers. Study in Iceland is a comprensive information source about admission and application, academic year, credits and degrees, fees and scholarships,programmes taught in english and summer schools.


The academic year is divided into two semesters, autumn and spring, each semester lasting thirteen weeks. The academic calendar varies somewhat from one faculty to another. The Autumn semester begins in late August /early September with examinations in December, while the Spring semester begins in early January with the examinations completed by the middle of May.

Tuition fees at higher educational institutions differ between institution and the amount can depend on whether the institution is state or privately owned. Public universities do not have tuition fees although they do have an annual registration or administration fee which all students must pay. Please find further information about fees on each school’s website.

If you are looking for studies in Iceland, Study in Iceland offers an extensive list of available studies in Iceland.

There are two  international school at elementary level in the capital area, in Reykjavik and in Gardabaer. The Hamrahlid high school offers an International high school diploma taught in English.