How to apply

How to apply

All applicants wishing to study the full programmes must apply online using the University of Akureyri Communication Portal. Each application is reviewed holistically by several members of our admission committee. 



Your application will be considered complete when we have the following:

1. Curriculum Vitae (CV) – A complete and recent CV in English (pdf).

2. Letter of intent – A statement of your objectives, fields of interest and expectations regarding the studies. Why do you think UW might be a good fit for you? Through the admission process we hope to get to know you as an individual. 

3. Official transcripts of academic work* - Certified transcript may be e-mailed directly from the registry to or sent by post to the University Centre, Suðurgata 12, 400 Ísafjörður, Iceland. Please note that all applicants must submit certified transcripts in addition to the documents uploaded with the application. 

4. Two recommendations - References must be send by the refering person to Referees may write a personal letter of evaluation or complete this reference form. At least one of the referees should be able to judge your academic performance. 

5. Certification of English Language proficiency (if applicable). It is anticipated that applicants from Iceland, Scandinavia and the English-speaking countries possess adequate skills in the language. Other applicants must demonstrate sufficient English skills on CEFR level C1 which is equivalent to TOEFL 95 and IELTS 7-7,5.

6. A copy of your passport (pdf/jpg)- it is required by the application portal. 


Use these instructions if you need help navigating the communication portal. Please note, if you want to change your application or add documents, the application must be submitted again. Supporting documents may also be sent to No fee applies for applications to the programs of the University Centre of the Westfjords. 

! Please make sure to switch to the english version of the application portal - do not let the browser translate. 


* A certified transcript is a document issued by the educational institution on its official paper, signed and certified by the institution with the institution’s stamp. 

Official electronic transcripts may be emailed to UW to this email address: The email must be sent from the issuing institution’s official institutional email account and must belong to a person or office that is responsible for issuing official educational documents, for example: registrar’s office, controller of examinations, awards and graduation department etc. The attached document must be in PDF format and include the applicants name.  

If you'd like to share an official transcript using an electronic system register the email address and choose the longest possible time for the document to be available. We will then add your transcript to the application you have submitted. 

We reserve the right to request additional information and/or the original documents. If a document/statement is not in English a translation may be required. We do not accept transcript in other languages than Icelandic or English or transcripts you have translated yourself.

If you do not (yet) meet the admission requirements, you can still apply. If graduation is pending please provide a progress transcript and the intended date of graduation. UW may offer a place on a conditional basis. The conditions will be specified in the letter offering you a place. You will have to meet those conditions before you can be admitted.

Further inqueries about the application process may be sent to or