Nearly four hundred applicants are vied for considerably fewer places in the medicine and physiotherapy departments at the University of Iceland this week, RÚV reports. Admission tests were administered on Thursday and Friday this week.
The admissions exam takes two days—four hours each day—in addition to which, applicants must take a three-and-a-half-hour general entrance exam that tests their general preparedness for university study. It costs ISK 20,000 [$188] to take the exam. But after all this, only a very small fraction of these applicants will be able to enter these programs.
According to an announcement on the university’s website, 284 students took the admissions test for the medical program, which only admits 50 students total, or just under a sixth of the applicants. There were then 64 applicants to the physiotherapy program, which will only admit 35 new students.
This applicant turnout is similar to that of the year before. According to the university, the number of admitted applicants is based on how many students the hospital can take on for on-site clinical training.