Each semester the Iceland University of the Arts welcomes around 35 exchange students from partner institutions. As the number of applications exceeds the number of available study places, the selection of students is based on the quality of their applications and portfolios.

Please find below the list of study programmes that are open to exchange students. The IUA only accepts exchange students for the period of one semester, with the exception of students applying to the Department of Music. Exchange students are admitted as full-time students and are expected to complete at least 20 ECTS, within the programme they have applied for, during their exchange semester.

How to apply?

IUA only accepts applications to the through the online application system EASY.
When applying online, make sure to double check that you have chosen the correct home institution. Our partners should be registered in EASY, but if you do not find your institution, please write to thorgerdurhall@lhi.is.
Your home institution will automatically receive a request to nominate you once you have submitted your application.

Prepare the following before starting your online application:

Fine Art, Design, Architecture:

  • Portfolio
  • Letter of Motivation
  • CV in English
  • Photocopy of passport / ID Card
  • Documents confirming special needs, if needed

Music, Performing Arts:

  • Examples of work / Audition Recording or Video
  • Letter of Motivation
  • CV in English
  • Photocopy of passport / ID Card
  • Documents confirming special needs, if needed

You will find the EASY application here. The Online Application form will open 20 September (for spring semester) and 15 March (for autumn semester).

Please note:

  • IUA does not accept applications through email or regular post.
  • Please make sure to use the EASY application, and not the electronic application on the website of each study department.

The following study programmes are able to host exchange students:

To view the study structure and available courses, please visit the website of each programme. Please note that course plans can be subject to change.
In the departments for Design, Architecture and Fine Arts exchange students participate in 2nd year (BA students) and 1st year (MA students).

Please note that all students must discuss the study programme with their departmental coordinator upon arrival.

Department of Design and Architecture

BA Architecture
BA Fashion Design
BA Visual Communication
BA Product Design
MA in Design

Department of Fine Art

BA Fine Art
MA in Fine Art

Department of Music

BMus Instrumental/vocal performance
BA Composition
MA Compostition
MMus New Audiences and Innovative Practice (NAIP)

Department of Performing Arts

BA Contemporary Dance Practices 
BA Theatre and Performance Making (NOT OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS SPRING 2019)


Practical Information

Application deadlines: 15 April (for autumn) & 15 October (for spring)

Autumn semester: 20 August - 14 December, 2018. 

Spring semester: 7 January - 16 May, 2019.

Course Catalogue

Information for New Students

International Office

Alma Ragnarsdóttir, alma@lhi.is

Þorgerður Edda Hall, thorgerdurhall@lhi.is

Contacts at Departments of Studies

Department of Design and Architecture, Hafdís Harðardóttir: hafdis@lhi.is

Department of Fine Art, Edda Kristín Sigurjónsdóttir: eddakristin@lhi.is

Department of Performing Arts, Guðný Rúnarsdóttir: gudnyr@lhi.is

Department of Music, Sandra Rún Jónsdóttir: sandra@lhi.is