The Faroe Islands are an autonomous territory within the Kingdom of Denmark, located halfway between Norway, Scotland and Iceland. There is only one institution of higher education on the islands: the state-run University of the Faroe Islands, located in the capital city – Tórshavn – and founded in 1965. There are about 1,200 students enrolled in it. Apart from that, there are several options to study from such as vocational and training schools, boarding schools or preparatory courses in different courses. The country has a famous maritime centre which offers three-year courses to become a marine engineer or shipmaster. For further information on the higher education system on the islands, you can visit the Ministry of Education’s website at https://www.ummr.fo/ or the Study in the Faroes website regulated by the government.
Since it is part of the Danish Realm, the islands offer a similar education system to the one existent in Denmark and there is an educational agreement between the two entities. The university is split up into 5 faculties: Faculty of Faroese Language and Literature, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Science and Technology, Faculty of Nursing and Faculty of History and Social Sciences. Courses are offered at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level. Minors and majors can be selected in specific subjects. Undergraduate studies last between 3 to 4 years and acquire approximately 180 to 240 ECTS credits. Master’s take between 2 to 4 years, depending on the subject, and acquire 120 ECTS credits. A PhD lasts 3 years.
Application is sent directly to the institution before 1st of May or 1st of February, for international students, before the beginning of the academic year. You can find the range of application forms here. The university offers teaching in Faroese and it is the only institution to conduct classes in that language. Danish is the second language and understood by most citizens.
Students from Nordic countries (Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Finland) are exempted from tuition fees. Tuition fees for foreign students are 200 DKS/ECTS ($30 per credit). The Faroese Student Grant is offered by the Ministry of Culture to help students with grants and loans for Danish citizens who wish to pursue a degree on the islands.
Information for International Students
Estimated living costs for a month are at $1,576 for a single person. In some places special housing is offered for international researchers. The Torg website is especially used to find renting places. Those who are citizens of the Nordic countries or the United Kingdom have right to free health care while staying temporarily on the islands. Likewise, students who com from Nordic countries do not need a visa. All other foreigners need a residence permit. The application needs to be sent to the Danish Immigration Centre. Guidance is offered by the The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration.