Akureyri Comprehensive College
Akureyri Comprehensive College was founded in 1984. Students at the school are on
average around 1300 but alongside this quite many students study in distance education
department each school year. The school has nearly 200 employees.
What characterizes the college is its focus on a variety of studies for all types of students. It
offers studies in industrial and technical fields as well as academic fields. The college is
organised with a phase structure that allows students to tailor their studies to their situations and
The educational choices that are available to students are extremely varied; general
studies, culinary studies, assistant nursing, sports, engineering, studies for students with
disabilities, hairstyling, construction, electricity and electronics, mechanics and metal industries.
Industrial and vocational studies finish with final examinations and in most industrial education
students need to work as apprentices for a certain time and finish by taking a journeyman's
Furthermore, students can complete the matriculation examination in social sciences, natural
sciences, artistic study program and business and economics, and can also complete
matriculation examination after completing studies in the fields of craft and technology studies at
the college. The matriculation examination prepares students for university studies.
One can have a closer look at studies on offer, departments and subjects, on the school's
website under www.vma.is – námiđ.
Autumn semester starts around 20 August. During the term there is a winter holiday, 1-2 days in
October (at the same time as in the primary schools of Akureyri). At midterm, students have to
choose which subjects they want to study during the following spring term – if they wish to
continue their studies. Assessment varies but an overall assessment is made in each subject at
the end of term, followed by Christmas holidays. Spring term starts around 7 January. During
spring term there is also a winter holiday for 1-2 days in February or March (at the same time as
in the primary schools of Akureyri). Easter holiday starts in the Holy Week and continues until
Wednesday after Easter. Those students who want to stay in school the following term must
choose subjects around midterm. Assessment is conducted in the same way as in autumn
semester and after that the summer holiday begins.
The office is open weekdays from 8:00 to 15:00. There one can buy schoolbooks, printing quota
and get various information.
The telephone number is 4640300
VMA PIC number for Erasmus applications 947240309
Assistant principal. (ađstođarskólameistari)
Course director. (áfangastjóri)
Student counsellors. (námsráđgjafi)
Hannesína Scheving (skólahjúkrunarfrćđingur school nurse) firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: (+354) 464 0300
Please feel free to contact us and we will respond as quickly as possible.
Office director. (Skrifstofustjóri)
Jóhannes Árnason email@example.com
Library. Head librarian. (Bókasafn. Bókavörđur.)
Click here for basic practical information for students and families; attendance, reporting sickness, dropping courses, minimum requirements, email, exams, selecting study for next semester, etc. (.pdf)
Directors of study for different study lines
Baldvin B Ringsted
(Náttúrufr.br. íţróttabraut, listnám, félagsfrćđibraut, viđskiptanám og sjúkraliđabraut)
Breaking the language barrier
VMA offers assistance to foreign students and students whose first language is not Icelandic.