Borgarholtsskóli - Comprehensive Secondary School in Iceland

Basic information

Borgarholtsskóli is a comprehensive secondary school, in the outskirts of Reykjavík. It´s located in the Grafarvogur suburb, which has a population of about 20.000.

Borgarholtsskóli offers a great variety of courses, i.e. three academic programs, art programs, four vocational programmes, two preparatory courses for secondary school entrance, special education programme, social services and commerce. In the vocational field we specialize in the metal and car trades, offering evening courses in the former ones. With the exception of the preparatory and the special education programmes, all courses are organized on a unit-credit basis. Some of the preparatory courses also give credits with the exception of courses in the core subjects which are Icelandic, Mathematics, English and Danish.

Additionally we have distant learning courses in multimedia. In the art department students have access to very good computer facilities equipped with the latest technology.

Approximately 1300 students attend various study fields in Borgarholtsskóli. The number of students has gradually risen through the years and is still rising. Students are of all ages but most of them are 16 to 20 years old. They are very active and enthusiastic about creating an active social atmosphere in the school, for example with various clubs, dances, a song contest and participation in a quiz-competition between all secondary schools in the country in which they have done very well.

Besides Icelandic we have courses in Danish, English, German and French. English is the most common as a second spoken laguage.

Courses of study

Academic course

Preparatory programs for university entrance

  • Social science
  • Natural science
  • Business and economics

3 year programme

Automotive Industrial Arts

  • Automobile body - repair
  • Auto mechanics
  • Automobile painting and finishing

2 - 2,5   year programme


Diversified programme

1 year programme

Foundation programme

Preparatory for secondary school entrance

1 year programme


Industrial Metal Works

  • Turning and milling
  • Steel metal
  • Steel working
  • Mechanical repair

2.5 - 3 year programme


Arts programme

  • Graphic design
  • Film and television
  • Performing arts

3-year programme

Social Services Programme

  • Social assistans
  • Social and leisure tima
  • Assistants in schools and preschools.

2 - 2.5 year programme

Special Education Programme

4-year programme

Merki Borgarholtsskóla 


Borgarholtsskóli, v / Mosaveg, 112 Reykjavík, ICELAND

Tel: (354) 535 1700.
Principal: Ársæll Guðmundsson