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Conditions for acceptance into the Coastal Communities and Regional Development program are that the applicant must have completed an undergraduate university degree with first grade, regardless of if it is a BA, BSc or BEd. 

Candidates can come from diverse education and work backgrounds, as the interdisciplinary nature of the study is based on many fields such as geography, social sciences, economics, and planning.

English is the communication and educational language of the program. 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 (CEFR level C1) with recognised tests. 

 

 

Applying for single courses

We also invite you to take single Master's Courses as a guest student. People working in the field of Coastal and marine management or related fields are also welcome to take single courses. Please visit the Open Courses website for further information and application forms.

Application deadline for all students

February 15 2022 - First deadline for the best chance of admission

April 15 2022 - Second deadline*

* Please note that non-EU/EEA citizens need to gather multiple documentations for visa and/or residence permits and we recommend to apply before the first deadline.   

Applications after April 15 will be considered only if there are still places available. Please contact the University Center at info@uw.is for further information.

Opening for applications 2022-2023

We will start accepting applications for the upcoming academic year on Wednesday November 17 at the latest. If you have any questions about the application process, please feel free to contact us at info@uw.is.

The annual registration fee for Coastal Communities and Regional Development is ISK 150,000 for Icelandic students and those from other EEA/EU countries, and for those who come from countries outside the EEA the registration is ISK 300,000.

Collection
The annual fee is collected for each academic year and should be paid by June 30 each year before the coming academic year begins. Students pay the annual fee after they receive a letter of admission.

Registration fees should be directed to the following bank account in EUR:

Account Name : Haskolasetur Vestfjarda
Account Number : 0154-38-710068
Account Address : Sudurgata 12, 400 Isafjordur, Iceland
Swift number: NBIIISRE 
IBAN Number : IS98 0154 3871 0068 6107 0502 20
Bank name: NBI hf
Bank address: Austurstræti 11, 101 Reykjavik, Iceland

Please add the reference number 1880 to your payment. 

It is also possible to pay the annual registration fee by credit card or in USD/CAD.
For further information please contact Astrid Fehling astrid@uw.is.  

To pay by Icelandic wire transfer please use the following bank info:

Account Name: Haskolasetur Vestfjarda
Account Number: 0154-26-4000
Kennitala: 610705-0220

Pay by credit card

 

Please be aware that your application will not be processed until all required documentation has been received. Applicants are required to provide the following supporting documents: 

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.

3. Transcripts* – Official evidence of previous education in the form of degree certificates or certified transcripts. Please note that all applicants must submit certified transcripts in addition to the documents uploaded with the application. Transcripts may be sent by post to the Director of Education and Teaching at the University Centre, Suðurgata 12, 400 Ísafjörður, Iceland. Graduation transcripts with electronic signature sent directly from the relevant university to applications@uw.is are also accepted. 

4. Two reference letters - References must be send by the refering person to applications@uw.is. 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 CEFR level C1 (if applicable). If the test has not been taken by the application deadline, applicants are required to send the test scores as soon as possible. If applicants fail to prove their proficiency in English, the application cannot be processed. For further information, please contact applications@uw.is

6. A copy of your passport (pdf/jpg).

 

Use these instructions if you need help navigating the communication portal. 

 

* 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 in colour, or otherwise certified by an accredited, official authority. 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.

Further inqueries about the application process may be sent to applications@uw.is.  

 

All international students must register in Iceland or apply for a student permit depending on citizenship. 

Students with citizenship outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or European Free Trade Association (EFTA) must apply for a student permit before arrival and be granted an approval from the Directorate of Immigration before traveling to Iceland. Students should apply for a residence permit immediately after receiving their acceptance letter from the University Centre of the Westfjords. A residence permit may be granted for as long as one year and it is the student's responsibility to apply for a renewal. 

Please visit the website of the Directorate of Immigration for detailed information. 

Citizens from EU/EEA/EFTA countries do not need to obtain a student residence permit to study in Iceland. Full-time students staying in Iceland for longer than six months, should register with the Registers Iceland. Through this application (A-271 EU-nationals / A-257 Nordic nationals) you will receive an Icelandic ID number "kennitala"

Please visit the website of Registers Iceland for further information.