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Are you ready for an adventure in Iceland?

By University Centre of the Westfjords
Are you ready for an adventure in Iceland?

Master’s thesis field work in the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve. Photo credit: Danny O’FarrellStudy Coastal and Marine Management at the University Centre of the Westfjords.

The University Centre of the Westfjords in Ísafjörður offers a demanding and ambitious Master’s program in Coastal and Marine Management focusing on environmental and resource management. The program offers cross-disciplinary education and prepares you for diverse positions in both the public and private sectors, for example fields like resource and land use planning, environmental impact assessment, consulting work, teaching and research.

Why Coastal and Marine Management?

The program is internationally oriented, entirely taught in English, and both students and instructors come from a diverse range of countries. Culturally Iceland is a great fit for students from Great Britain — most Icelanders speak English and general Icelandic culture is similar to that in Britain.

The program brings together people of different backgrounds who share their experience, knowledge and ideas in a small-scale, creative and fertile intellectual environment, with the goal of finding ways of using natural resources in a sustainable way.

Student life

Field work during the class Coastal and Marine Ecology. Photo: Lucian RenitaThe West Fjords are the most remote region in Iceland and stand at the gates of the Arctic. In the West Fjords, Iceland is as you’d imagine it: magnificent and untouched. Fishing villages nestle in deep fjords between breath taking mountains, and a new stretch of shoreline greets travellers as they round every headland.

Ísafjörður is the largest town in the West Fjords and has all the services that you will need. There are superb sports facilities including winter sports and mountain activities.

Our students are extremely active in the community and participate in sports, outdoor activities and the music and cultural life of the area. The Student Association Ægir has a website where you can learn more about student life in the Westfjords.

Tuition and coast of living

The annual fee for the program is ISK 120.000 (approximately £600) for students from the European Economic Area (EEA) and ISK 240.000 (approximately £1,200) for students from other countries.

The estimated cost of living in Iceland according to calculations made by the Icelandic Student Loan Fund, is about ISK 140,600 per month for one person. You can expect the rent for a single room in Ísafjörður to be around ISK 30.000-40.000.

Some examples of the costs of other daily needs:

  • Loaf of bread ISK 400
  • 1 litre of milk ISK 120
  • Half a litre of beer at a café ISK 800
  • Bottle of wine ISK 1.500+
  • Lunch at a restaurant ISK 1.500

All further information about the program is available on the Coastal and Marine Management website. You can also follow us on Facebook.

The class of 2012-2013 with instructor Jamie Alley and program director Dagný Arnarsdóttir at the magnificent waterfall Dynjandi. Photo credit: Johanna Humprey

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