International Relations

The Iceland Academy of the Arts actively participates in international cooperation. The Academy is a member of two extensive international cooperative ventures, the NordPlus educational programme organised by the Nordic Council of Ministers and the EU programme LLP Erasmus. Both of these programmes include teacher and student exchanges as well as other cooperation. The IAA has made bilateral agreements with more than 100 higher education institutions in Europe through Erasmus. Within NordPlus, the Academy participates in several different thematic networks with 90 partner schools in the Nordic and the Baltic area.  For further information about these networks click here.

In addition, the Iceland Academy of the Arts is currently working on bilateral agreements with academies outside Europe.

The IAA’s participation in these international programmes makes it possible for its students to complete part of their study programme abroad. Dozens of foreign exchange students do also study at the Academy every year. The duration of the exchange is generally one semester.

The Academy’s teachers do also benefit from the participation in the Erasmus and the NordPlus programmes as they can apply for grants to hold workshops or lectures at other European art schools. In turn, a large number of foreign guest instructors teach at the Academy for longer or shorter periods each semester.

The Iceland Academy of the Arts is a full member of ELIA, the European League of Institutes of the Arts, which is an organisation of about 320 art academies in 47 European countries. ELIA organises conferences, publications and debates about art education among artists, teachers, administrators and students.

The Academy also takes part in Cumulus, which is an association of approximately 140 design schools around the world; the EAAE, which is an organisation of more than 100 European schools of architecture; AEC, which is an organisation of almost 250 music academies; and PARADOX, an association of European schools of fine arts.

The academy has been awarded the DS label by the European Commission.  The Diploma Supplement (DS) accompanies a higher education diploma, providing a standardized description of the nature, level, context, content and status of the studies completed by its holder.  The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) makes teaching and learning in higher education more transparent across Europe and facilitates the recognition of all studies. The system allows for the transfer of learning experiences between different institutions, greater student mobility and more flexible routes to gain degrees. It also aids curricula development and quality assurance.

International office at IAA

Alma Ragnarsdóttir, Head of International Office.
Tel. +354 545 2205

Helga Soffía Einarsdóttir, International Coordinator. Tel. +354 545 2231

Postal address: Thverholt 11, 105 Reykjavík
Office hours: Monday - Friday, 09.00 - 15.00

The office handles all matters having to do with international exchanges for students and teachers, both in relation to LLP Erasmus, Nordplus and other similar agreements.

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