The educational system in Iceland
The educational system in Iceland is divided into four levels; Pre-school education (leikskóli), Compulsory education (grunnskóli), Upper secondary education (framhaldsskóli), Higher education - Universities (háskóli)
- Pre-school education (leikskóli) Is the first level of the educational system, providing education for children who have not reached six years of age, at which point compulsory education begins.
- Compulsory education (grunnskóli) Is mandatory for all children 6 to 16 years of age, the system is single structured, meaning there is no lower or higher school levels and studies generally take place in the same school.
- Upper secondary education (framhaldsskóli) is not compulsory, but anyone who has completed compulsory education has the right to enter a course of studies in an upper secondary school. Students are usually 16-20 years of age. General academic education is primarily organised as a four-year course leading to a matriculation examination. The length of the courses in vocational education varies, lasting from one semester to ten, but most prevalent are four-year courses. In the year 2013 there were 34 Secondary schools all over the country.
- Higher education - Universities (háskólar), Despite its small size Iceland has 7 universities covering a wide range of subjects. All Universities in Iceland have some programs available for international students.
The Ministry of education handles the formation and the execution of the educational policy and addresses issues of all school levels. The Ministry issues the main curricula of pre-schools, compulsory schools and upper secondary schools, ballet schools and music schools and supervises the quality of teaching and research provided by the universities.
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Infographic of the Icelandic educational system
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