The higher education level in Iceland comprises eight higher education institutions. All the institutions
are subject to the provisions of the Higher Education Act of 2006.
In the Higher Education Act the
Icelandic term háskóli is used to refer both to those higher education institutions which have a number
of faculties, permanent research organisation and undergraduate and graduate programmes, and
institutions that do not have research responsibilities. Consequently there is no formal distinction
between non-university and university institutions in Icelandic; but by law, the Minister of Education,
Science and Culture determines the title of each institution in foreign language, i.e. determines whether
it is to be called university or university college.
The Ministry of Agriculture The Ministry of Education, Science and Culture