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.
Exchange students are admitted as full-time students and are expected to complete 20-30 ECTS, within the programme they have applied for, during their exchange semester.
The IUA only accepts exchange students for the period of one semester, with the exception of students applying to the Department of Music. Please find below the list of study programmes that are open to exchange students.

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 thall [at] 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:
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 15 September (for spring semester) and 15 February (for autumn semester).
Please note that only applicants in music:
-can apply for the spring semester through the spring deadline. Applicants for all other programmes applying for spring semester must apply through the autumn deadline.
-can apply for the whole academic year. Applicants for all other programmes can only apply for a single 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
Department of Fine Art
Department of Music
Department of Performing Arts
BA Contemporary Dance Practices 
BA Theatre and Performance Making (Not open for applications spring semester 2022)


Practical Information

Application deadlines: 30 April (for autumn) & 15 October (for spring)

Autumn semester: 21 August - 17 December, 2021. 

Spring semester: 11 January - 20 May, 2021.

Information for New Students

Assessment and Recognition

Erasmus Code: IS REYKJAV06

Contact International Office (Contact person for OLA)

Edda Hall, thall [at] lhi.is

Contacts at Departments of Studies  (Responsible person for OLA)

Department of Design and Architecture, Hafdís Harðardóttir: hafdis [at] lhi.is

Department of Fine Art, Edda Kristín Sigurjónsdóttir: eddakristin [at] lhi.is

Department of Performing Arts, Dagmar Atladóttir: dagmar [at] lhi.is

Department of Music, Sunna Sigurðardóttir: sunna [at] lhi.is