Iceland Academy of the Arts
The Iceland Academy of the Arts (IAA) is a self-governing institution providing higher education in fine arts, theatre, dance , music, design, architecture and art education.
Role and Objectives
The role of the Iceland Academy of the Arts is to encourage progressive thinking in the arts and to stimulate innovation and development in different fields. The Academy offers education in the arts at the university level and conveys both knowledge and professionalism in the arts to Icelandic society. It operates in a global environment and measures itself against academies that excel in arts education in neighbouring countries.
Three main values guide the focus and direction of the Academy in all of its work:
Curiosity prompts us to ask questions and search for new approaches, solutions and answers. We dissect those answers and strive to understand what is foreign to us. Through understanding and training we develop the talents and skills we require. In that way we strengthen our courage to follow through on our convictions and our artistic vision.
The IAA offers incoming exchange students to apply for the following programmes:
Department of Design and Architecture
Department of Fine Art
Department of Music
Department of Performing Arts
Moving to Iceland
Citizens from EU/EEA/EFTA countries do not need to obtain a visa in order to study in Iceland. Transfers to Iceland must however always be registered at the Registers Iceland, type of registry depends on the length of stay and on citizenship as there is a special agreement between Nordic countries on these matters. Students will receive an Icelandic ID number from the Registers.
Nordic/EU/EEA/EFTA citizens who intend to stay in Iceland for 3-6 months should contact the International Office in Thverholt 11.
Nordic citizens who intend to stay in Iceland for more than 6 months should go in person to the Registers and fill out this form (Flytning fra Nordiske lande til Island)
EU/EEA/EFTA citizens who intend to stay in Iceland for more than 6 months contact the Academy’s Internation Office, which will then process the application.
Citizens of countries outside the EU/EEA/EFTA area must apply for a residence permit in Iceland prior to their arrival in the country. This also applies to Erasmus students who don't hold an EU/EEA/EFTA passport. Resident permits in another EU/EEA(EFTA country does not apply to Iceland. Further information regarding visas can be found on the website of The Directore of Immigrants
Please, notice that Erasmus students who do not hold a EU/EEA/EFTA passport, must apply for a student visa prior to their arrival in the country. Permanent residence right in another EU/EEA/EFTA country does not change this fact.
In order to participate fully in the orientation program, incoming exchange students are expected to arrive no later than first day of classes. Orientation consists of a joint meeting for international students arranged by the International Office of the Academy, an interview with a teacher/department coordinator, a guided tour of the Academy’s buildings and a welcoming party.
Accommodation and Cost of Living
The IAA assist students in finding accommodation; rooms/apartments with private landlords, rooms in student guesthouses at reasonable prices. Note that due to a great increase in tourism it can be tricky to find housing in August so we suggest you start searching early. A room for rent will cost around 55000 - 95000 ISK pr. month. Prices for an apartment vary greatly and can be at least 90000 ISK for a studio apartment.
The estimated cost of living in Iceland is about 180.550 ISK per month for one person. Further information can be found at studyiniceland.is