Iceland-Minnesota Exchange

Two Val Bjornson exchange students from Iceland pose with UMN t-shirts

The University of Minnesota and the University of Iceland have enjoyed more than 35 years of exchange. Over these years, more than 40 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.

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2020 Presidential Delegation

President Joan Gabel led a delegation to the University of Iceland in her first international visit as president.

Learn more about the U of M delegation visit.

Past Highlights


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 Molly Portz at 612-626-8792 or