Iceland .:. educatoin
The Icelandic School system like it is today has been relatively the same for the past hundred years. A fundamental principle of Icelandic education is that everyone should have equal opportunities to acquire an education. The educational system of Iceland has four levels. The first one is kindergarten and there the children learn how to communicate and at the last year they learn some letters and numbers. The next level is primary school and every child in Iceland is required to go to that school at the age of six. There they finish their compulsory education when they reach the age of sixteen. Then they can continue their education, by going to college and then University, but it is not necessary. Today young people choose further education, practical or literary, because they want to get a good job in the future. All jobs in the future require higher education. Iceland is a good option for foreign investors because we have highly skilled people with college or university degrees on the work market that is willing to work for you.
Everyone is entitled to free compulsory upper secondary and higher education. The main purpose of compulsory schooling is to prepare pupils for life and work continuously developing society. When children go to primary school the first thing they learn is the alphabet. Then they learn how to read and write, and when they get a little bit older they learn history, biology and subjects, which are more complicated. When students are finishing primary school they have to take coordinated exams in English, Icelandic, mathematic and Danish. If they fail they have to take one year in college on 0 level.
When you graduate from high school you can choose from many colleges. In Iceland we have one commercial school, which has a class system among four other schools. Then we have comprehensive-, grammar-, industrial- and specialized vocational schools among many others. You can actually get basic education in almost everything you want to learn. Upper secondary schools either have traditional classes or forms where all the students of a class follow a particular programmer of study. In college you can select a stream you like which has some basic fields of study and then you can pick some other subjects you are interested in. If you like to work during the day you can take evening classes. That is a good option for older people with families and a carrier.
University of Iceland, it requires students to have past the matriculation examination or its equivalent. The faculties you can choose to learn are as followed: arts, economics and business, engineering, law, medicine, natural and social sciences, biology and theology. Most faculties offer postgraduate studies.
The University of Reykjavik is a new school, which offers computers and business education. It has traditional classes different from the University of Iceland. Itís a very popular school and has a great social life.
If you want to learn educational theory and like teaching and instructing you can go to the Teacherís Training College of Iceland. About 70% of the students in the school take distance learning.
Icelandic students have a long tradition of travelling abroad for their higher education. In recent years twenty percent of Icelandic students in higher education have been studying abroad at any given time.