Residence Permit for Students

If you are a citizen of a country which is not a member of the European Union (EU) and wish to study in Iceland for more than three months, you must have a residence permit granted before you enter Iceland.


Application for a residence permit in Iceland is handled by the Directorate of Immigration. The applicant must be registered as a full time student at a university, vocational school, or other studies meeting university admission requirements.

Processing time

Estimated processing time for applications is 90 days from the date of receiving adequate documentation. If supporting documents are missing or inadequate, the processing time will lengthen. The Embassy would like to advise those who wish to study in Iceland to act quickly and hand the application in as early as possible.

Application fee

There is an application fee payable to the Directorate of Immigration. If the student applying for a residence permit is over the age of 18, the fee is 12.000 ISK. If the applicant is under the age of 18, the fee is 6.000 ISK

Link: Application fee

Further information

Please visit the website of the Directorate of Immigration in Iceland for detailed information on the application process, documentation needed, and next steps to take in order to become an enrolled student in one of Iceland's fine universities.

Website: Directorate of Immigration

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