Bifröst University

Introduction

Welcome to Bifröst University

Bifröst University was founded in Reykjavík in 1918 on the model of Ruskin College. In 1955, the school was moved 110km north of the capital. Bifröst University is the only Liberal Arts university in the country. It was accredited as a university in 1988, first only in Business, eventually offering degrees in Law 2002 and in Social Science since 2005.

Bifröst University is a private, self-governing, non-profit institution, which receives around 40% of its income from the Icelandic state, 40% from tuition fees and 20% from other sources. Alumni from include many prominent entrepreneurs and leaders in Icelandic business and politics, including the Prime Minister of the country.

Bifröst University also offers a one-year pre-university level preparatory study program for students lacking full university entrance qualifications, as well as various life-long learning programs including successful programs for retail management, for tourism and one for people working in local government. Many undergraduate students spend one or more terms abroad at partner universities in America, Asia and continental Europe.

Bifröst University is an active member of the Icelandic and international research communities and prides itself for recruiting faculty with broad research profiles in the social sciences. The university hosts many independent research centers, for example Centre for European Studies, Centre for Retail Studies and Research Centre of Cultural Management. Bifröst has lead many research projects funded by the Icelandic Research Council in addition to projects funded by the EC Research Framework program. Bifröst also has also participated in many academic networks of the COST and ERASMUS programs, as well as the Northern Periphery program.

Bifröst University's Teaching Policy

It is the University’s policy to offer outstanding education, which enables students to acquire extensive knowledge in their field of study, enhances their broadmindedness, and strengthens their creativity. Stress is laid on promoting students’ ability to adopt and exercise professional work methods, to apply theories and concepts in assignment solutions, and strengthening their ability to resolve practical challenges. This way the University aims at providing students with the best possible preparation for participating in democratic society and economy, or for further studies. Bifröst University fulfills the requirements made for studies in the disciplines for which the University has been accredited.

Why Choose Bifröst University?

  • Small campus university with a commitment to academic innovation
  • Outstanding teachers, personal attention and frequent assignments
  • Excellent study and learning facilities
  • Guaranteed on-campus housing for all students
This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

This school also offers:

Summer courses

Summer School in Iceland 2017

Campus Full time 3 weeks July 2017 Iceland Borgarnes

The Summer School is located in the nature paradise of Bifröst Village in West Iceland, right between a volcano and a glacier. Students are accommodated in comfortable single and double rooms at the program´s beautiful campus on the shore of Lake Hreðarvatn. [+]

The Summer School 2017 Program The Summer School is located in the nature paradise of Bifröst Village in West Iceland, right between a volcano and a glacier. Students are accommodated in comfortable single and double rooms at the program´s beautiful campus on the shore of Lake Hreðarvatn. The three week program (6 ECTS / 3 US Credits) offers high level Leadership studies with emphasis on Innovation, Startups and Sustainability . The Summer School will take place from July 8th to July 29th 2017. The Summer School gives students Leadership training and prepares them for the challenges that future leaders will face. Here you can read an article about the Summer School in 2016, written by one of the students: http://www.mladiinfo.eu/2016/09/07/irelandsummerschool/ Campus The Summer School takes place at our campus located in the nature paradise Bifröst village. The area consists of a volcano and a glacier, and the campus consists of Lake Hreðarvatn, Glanni waterfall, Glanni golf course and Paradise Hollow, all within walking distance. Living together at the campus is an integral part of the summer program. The engaging campus life stimulates joint activities and intercultural and social exchange. Accommodation Students are accommodated in comfortable single rooms with private baths. All rooms are equipped with a desk and chair. All apartments have kitchen and living room. Accommodation is guaranteed on campus and is only 50 meters from the university building. Meals All meals are served in the dining hall. The breakfast buffet normally consists of a wide variety of breads,... [-]

Preparatory Year

Semester in Iceland

Campus Full time July 2017 Iceland Borgarnes

A semester in Iceland is an option for free mover students who are not from one of the partner universities of Bifröst University and would like to stay in Iceland for study and adventure. [+]

Welcome to the Adventurous Bifröst University in Iceland Get surrounded by glaciers, volcanoes, midnight sun, lakes, waterfalls and a nature that is irresistible for hiking. A Semester in Iceland is an option for free mover students who are not from one of the partner universities of Bifröst University and would like to stay in Iceland for study and adventure. The program offers an opportunity to study at an ambitious and dynamic university, located in a truly unique environment. Bifröst University is located in the valley ´Norðurárdalur´ in Borgarfjörður, approx. 100 Km from Reykjavik. It nests in the magnificent and strikingly beautiful lava, offering endless opportunities to experience unspoiled nature at its best. On campus, students will find a minimarket, cafe/bar, gym, soccer field, basketball hoops, laundrette, ATM and a kindergarten. Courses Students can choose to participate in 1-5 courses. The tuition fee is as follows: 1 course 95.000 ISK (700 €) 2 courses 190.000 ISK (1.400 €) 3 courses 236.000 ISK (1.750 €) 4 courses or more 315.000 ISK (2.300 €) Examples of Courses in English Intercultural Communication Negotiation and Sales Management European Company Law Conflict and Peace Studies Classical Political Thought Economic Growth and Development Icelandic Language and Culture Leadership Institutional Economics Environmental and Resource Economics Innovation and Entrepreneurship International Business Business Ethics Philosophy of Science Arctic Politics International Politics Housing On-campus housing will be arranged for all international students. A single room in student apartments is allotted to students (with private bath and shared kitchen). The monthly accommodation... [-]

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International Summer School in Iceland

International Students at Bifröst University

Open Day 2016

Contact

Bifrost University (Háskólinn á Bifröst)

Address Bifröst Borgarnes
311 Iceland
Website http://www.bifrost.is/english/
Phone +354 433 3000