An International University
Reykjavik University attracts top students from many countries
International students choose Reykjavik University for its unique opportunity to study and research subjects in an interdisciplinary approach. For instance, students can cross programmes, studying business with computer science, and computer science with engineering, which is perfect for those interested in multiple academic programmes. The university, which has about 3,500 students, offers undergraduate, graduate and PhD programmes in science and engineering, law, business, and computer science.
Reykjavik University brings together top students from around the world. Shanna-Lei Caridad Dacanay traded her sunny island state of Hawaii for an 18-month programme in Iceland. “I arrived 10 months ago to do an engineering degree with an emphasis on renewable energy,” she says. “Iceland is a very special place, with its hot springs, geysers and geothermal energy, and if you have a passion for renewable energy, Reykjavik University is the perfect place to pursue that passion.”
Unique teaching methods
The university emphasizes hands-on learning that prepares students for the challenges they will face in the workplace. “You get to take site visits and learn about where the energy is generated,” says Shanna. “You get to actually experience where the energy comes from.” This approach means Reykjavik University students will complete actual, real world assignments and projects, often in collaboration with companies and institutions based in Iceland.
Small equals good
The number of students at Reykjavik University is small compared to other universities, and all teaching takes place under one roof, which creates a friendly, cooperative sense of community. “My classes are so great,” says Shanna. “We all get along and share the same academic interests, and professors are so knowledgeable and helpful.” International students have mentioned the friendly atmosphere as one of the University’s great advantages.
Reykjavík, which has about 120,000 inhabitants, is a modern, safe city that offers many advantages for international students. “I first visited Reykjavík for a three-week summer programme at the university and I found that I didn’t want to leave,” says Shanna. “I ended up applying for the 18-month programme because there was so much more I wanted to learn about and explore. I’m sure that renewable energy is fascinating to learn about anywhere, but in Iceland, it’s on your doorstep. This has been one of the best decisions I have made.”
Visit the Reykjavik University website for more information on their programmes and why international students are choosing to further their studies at RU.
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