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Iceland-Minnesota Exchange

The University of Minnesota and the University of Iceland have enjoyed more than 30 years of exchange. Over these years, more than 30 students from Iceland have come to study at the University of Minnesota with support from the Val Björnson Icelandic Exchange Scholarship. Faculty and staff from the University of Iceland can receive funding from the Carol Pazandak Iceland-Minnesota Travel Fund to visit Minnesota to conduct research or other activities.

2014 Alumni & Friends Reception in Iceland

More than 50 alumni, friends, and recipients of the Val Björnson Scholarship for student exchange attended.

See photos from the celebration and learn more about the U of M delegation visit.

30th Anniversary Celebration

In 2012, the University of Minnesota and the University of Iceland celebrated 30 years of student and faculty exchange, research collaboration, and cultural engagement.

Learn more about the relationship and see photos from the celebration.

Earth, Water, Fire, Wind, and Ash

University of Minnesota student Becky Yates has made a digital story that recounts her bike expedition around the perimeter of Iceland—and a run-in with a volcano. Becky was in Iceland as part of the University of Minnesota-University of Iceland Student Exchange, which is supported by the Val Björnson Icelandic Exchange Scholarship.


Greetings from University of Iceland

In honor of the inauguration of President Eric Kaler on Sept. 22, 2011, the University of Iceland and Rector Kristin Ingólfsdóttir sent the following video message that was part of a longer video shown at the inauguration ceremony.

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Support the Iceland-Minnesota Exchange

The involvement of the community sustains the heart of our academic and cultural relationship. The University is grateful for the outstanding level of engagement and financial support from the Icelandic community.

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To discuss your gift, please contact Diane Young, our director of development, at 612-624-8819 or