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.

15 February first deadline - for the best chance of admission

15 April second deadline - *

5 June - for EU/EEA citizens based on avilability 

We will open up for all applications for the academic year 2023-2024 in November/December 2022. 

If you have any questions about the application process, please feel free to contact us at


* 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. 


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.

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  

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


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 a degree certificate or certified transcript. Scanned copies (in pdf format) of a certified transcript may be e-mailed from the university’s student 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 reference letters - 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 CEFR level C1 (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 (CEFR level C1) with a recognised test. If the test has not been taken by the application deadline, applicants are required to send the test scores as soon as possible. For further information, please contact

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

Please be aware that your application will not be processed until all required documentation has been received. 


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


* 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. Graduation transcripts with electronic signature sent directly from the relevant university to are also accepted.  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 or  


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.