- Reykjavik, Iceland; Nuuk, Greenland; Isafjoerdur, Iceland
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Fall Semester, Spring Semester
- Program Description:
Study climate models and methods of carbon management in Iceland and Greenland. Examine the impact of climate change on Arctic ecosystems and society. Develop unique insights to climate change challenges through excursions to Greenland, renewable energy centers, glaciers, and Iceland’s many unique landscapes.
Major topics of study include: The impact of climate change on Arctic ecosystems and human communities Climate modeling and trends Renewable energy in Iceland Carbon management Indigenous knowledge of changes in climate Communicating climate change and science
- Setting Description:
- Study climate change in the Arctic within environmental, sociocultural, and economic contexts. Program Base in the Westfjords The program is based in the fishing town of Ísafjörður where you will stay with Icelandic families and study at the University Centre of the Westfjords. During the time in the Westfjords, you will be surrounded by Iceland's famous steep fjords and glacial valleys. Study Climate Change in a Critical Location You will gain comprehensive knowledge of climate change and its impact on Arctic ecosystems and human communities; you will then integrate that knowledge into systems analysis, addressing the environmental, political, and economic impacts of climate change. Coursework provides you with the background knowledge to study and analyze climate change in the Arctic and to develop your own research projects.
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Additional Program Information
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Based on 3 Reviews
- Iceland and Greenland: Personal Growth in a Beautiful Setting10/23/19
SIT Iceland and Greenland excels based on the people who run it, the ones in it with you, the setting, and your own personal curiosity. Firstly, the trip leaders are phenomenal, always joking and being relatable but also being brilliant scientists in
their own right. The classes they teach are engaging and interesting, and I feel like I learned a lot about the areas where we were both in the classroom and outside from them. They're also unbelievably supportive in every way. This program also gives an amazing opportunity to get close with your classmates, who you're with almost all the time the whole semester. I also loved the homestay, where I got to really immerse myself in Icelandic culture and feel like I was a local for a while. I will say, this experience felt too short, since I often felt like an outsider during the rest of the program. Although we were studying in these amazing locations rich with culture, we often just spent time with the other Americans in the program. This may just be a matter of how close we were, but it also felt like the program didn't encourage us to connect with the people in our locations. If you put in the effort outside the classroom to engage with your environment and follow your own curiosity, there's tons to learn and an amazing experience to be had.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Great experience!09/04/19
I learned a lot during this program. I came in with almost no prior knowledge about environmental science and left feeling like I really understood climate change. There wasn't much busy work so I didn't feel swamped or stressed throughout the semester. We
moved around a lot in Iceland, and each time the accommodations were really well-organized. We stayed mostly in hostels (6-8 people per room, but we only shared rooms with other students in the program). We also had a 3-week homestay in Isafjordur, which was a great experience. I really loved my homestay family. One student in my group had a problem with their homestay family and was switched immediately. Breakfast was provided. We got a generous meal stipend for lunch and dinner. Cooking in hostels was sometimes tough, but a fun experience.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Absolutely amazing12/18/18
This program was not very rigorous but it made learning fun again. We saw so many sights in Iceland and Greenland that I had never heard of but that I would return to in a heartbeat. The independent study project made me more confident in my research,
presentation, and communication skills.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend