Bifröst University


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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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: 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, jams, eggs, cheese, ham, sausages, cereals and muesli. Coffee, tea, milk, and orange juice are available during breakfast. Lunch and dinner meals include a variety of Icelandic dishes. Vegetarian dishes are also available. Please note that the Bifröst Summer School cannot guarantee that all dietary needs students may have can be met. Service and Facilities The Bifröst University office of the Summer School will be at student´s service from Monday to Friday 8:00am-12:00am and 1:00pm to 4:00pm. The staff will be available for questions and support. There is a library on campus where students can select books with the assistance of staff. All reading material needed for the courses will be provided by the university without additional costs. Printing and copying machine are provided on campus. Study rooms will be available for students to study alone or in groups. Wireless internet connection is available on campus free of charge for those who bring their own laptop. Aim and Content Leaders of the future will be faced with challenging tasks in an increasingly complex and interconnected world. The course will explore emerging ideas about leadership and provide practical training in leadership. The Nordic Leadership Model and Servant Leadership will be in special focus. Sustainability and social responsibility will be discussed and the role of entrepreneurship and innovation will be examined. The course will include both academic lectures and discussion periods and more practical approaches that will include assignments, group work and field trips. Learning Outcomes Students can explain basic concepts of innovation and entrepreneurship and are capable of assessing the importance of sustainability and social responsibility in future development. Students can describe and explain key approaches in leadership and link them to topics associated with social responsibility, innovation and entrepreneurship. Students can demonstrate knowledge on leadership and participate in discussion of the most relevant concepts and ideas related to leadership, social responsibility, innovation and entrepreneurship. Students have skills to apply different leadership approaches in practical settings. Students can participate actively in creativity sessions, formulate their ideas, and communicate them with others. Prices Seminars, accommodation, trips and full board 3.000 € The trips include: Volcaneos, Caves, Waterfalls, Natural Springs, Birdwatching, Hiking, Midnight Sun, Fishing Trip, Horse Riding and a trip to the scenes of the movie "The secret life of Walter Mitty". Discounts: Students at our partner universities get 25% discount. Early bird discount is available if applied before February 1st 2017. The early bird discount is 10% Groups of 5 students or more get 10% discount. The maximum discount a single student can get is 25%. The application deadline is May 1st, 2017. [-]

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 is 45.017 ISK (approx. 350 €). Facilities At Bifröst, international students will receive: Use of a car once a week. Free wireless internet access on campus. Natural wonders such as waterfalls, volcano, lakes and mountains are within walking distance. Strong student union and an active social atmosphere. Access to gym, outdoor hot tubs and sauna. Access to the library. Access to the laundry room. Football and basketball fields - Golf course within walking distance. Two organized day trips during the semester. Admission Students must have completed 60 ECTS / 30 US Credits at a university (undergraduate) to be eligible to participate in the courses. Applications must reach us by: 1 November for spring term. 1 April for summer term. 1 June for autumn term. Applicants have to be at least 18 years old and must have an educational background equivalent to one year at a university before the beginning of the program. [-]


International Summer School in Iceland

International Students at Bifröst University

Open Day 2016


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Address Bifröst Borgarnes
311 Iceland
Phone +354 433 3000