Information in english

Framhaldsskólinn í Vestmannaeyjum is a comprehensive college which offers vocational as well as general education as a preparation for academic studies
The school is in Heimaey who is the largest island in the Vestmannaeyjar cluster, approximately 4 nautical miles off the south coast of Iceland. It is the only island in Vestmannaeyjar that is populated, and currently there are around 4300 inhabitants.

Framhaldsskólinn í Vestmannaeyjum is organised as a modular school like most other secondary schools in Iceland.

The school year is divided into two semesters; autumn semester from 18 August to 22 December, and spring semester from 4 January to 28 May. Students can start their studies in either autumn or spring and graduate at the end of either term as well.

Most of the students are aged 16-20 but in Iceland students usually start university at the age of 19.

The school offers many lines of study, shorter and longer with both academic and vocational subjects. The majority of the students are in academic studies and aim to graduate. Among the vocational subjects offered are engineering, welding and nurse assistant as well as preparatory studies for electricity. Some students are in a special needs department. There is usually one foreign exchange student in the school every year.

Framhaldsskólinn í Vestmannaeyjum is roughly comparable with tertiary level schools in Britain and the last two years of High School and the first two years of College in the United States.
The final exam is the Icelandic University Entrance Examination which qualifies students for entrance to the University of Iceland and is recognized by most European and North American universities.

Explanation of the grading system:
Grades are given on a 1 – 10 scale. To pass a course the grade has to be 5 or higher, but a student may graduate with the grade 4 in two courses if the course is the last in a sequence or the student does not have to take more than one course in the subject. The grade 4 does not give any credits.

Other grades used:
M – When this grade is given the course has been taken at another school and accepted at Framhaldsskólinn í Vestmannaeyjar.
S – This grade notifies that the student has passed the coursEnglish

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