South Iceland College is one of the largest colleges of further education in the country, outside the capital. It serves the whole of the southern part of the country with a population of approximately 19,000. The college is situated in Selfoss, in the municipality of Árborg, with a population of just over 7,000. There are approximately 900 students and 120 members of staff. Most of the students are aged between 16 and 20, although there are also many older students who attend daytime classes.
South Iceland College has chosen the motto Diversity – Creation – Enlightenment. One of its main objectives is to provide diversity in courses on offer, and thus it is possible to choose from 20 different vocational and academic programs of study. Most of the students are enrolled in the academic programs, i.e. Natural Sciences, Social Studies, Languages or Business Studies. Examples of vocational programs are Carpentry, Metalwork, Nursing Assistantship, Art and Electricianship.
In partnership with various sporting associations, the college runs five academies: basketball, handball, football (soccer), athletics and gymnastics. Students in the academies are chosen by the partners. In addition, courses dealing with the Icelandic horse and horsemanship have been added and a special program involving horsemanship developed.
A number of students attend the special education department. Courses there are intended for students with learning disabilities and sometimes with additional physical disabilities.
A number of exchange students also attend the college each year. Classes in Icelandic as a foreign language are part of the curriculum, and support is available for students of foreign origin as well as for Icelandic students who have spent a considerable length of time abroad.
Teachers from the college are responsible for teaching inmates at Litla Hraun, the main prison in Iceland, as well as in the smaller one at Sogn in Ölfus.