- Isafjoerdur, Iceland
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
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- Program Description:
Participants in this program develop knowledge of alternative energy technologies, an understanding of the role these technologies play in Iceland’s social and political context, and the ability to apply their knowledge to other situations. Coursework covers hydroelectricity and geothermal energy in depth (the most commonly used renewables in Iceland), hydrogen and fuel cell technology, other renewables, and renewable energy economics. In addition to energy studies, students engage in classroom and field instruction in the basics of the Icelandic language and examine the ways in which the language reflects the socio-cultural identity of the nation.
Examine the physical processes of energy utilization and the economics of energy use and its environmental impact. The Iceland: Renewable Energy, Technology, and Resource Economics study abroad program is offered in the summer. The program’s small group size facilitates exemplary student support. Iceland is a world leader in developing the use of renewable energy. While this is partly attributable to the country's ample endowment of geothermal and hydroelectric resources, Icelanders have also made unique economic choices, valuing the social benefits of energy independence differently than much of the world. Students gain insight from the Icelandic experience that can be applied elsewhere in the world.
Please inquire for costs: Fees include tuition, full room and board, all field trips and related fares, health and accident insurance, and other direct program expenses. Participants pay for international airfare and domestic travel to the point of departure from the USA.
- Setting Description:
- The SIT Iceland: Renewable Energy, Technology, and Resource Economics program includes three major excursions, in addition to local excursions at each of the study sites. Up to the north coast After arrival and orientation in the Reykjavik area, the program travels overland from Reykjavik to Akureyri, on the north coast, through rural and wilderness areas. Stops include the Solheimar eco-village, the historically and geologically significant Thingvellir National Park, geothermal and hydroelectric power plants, and other sites. This is the students’ first introduction to the county’s rural and remote areas. Area of Lake Myvatn During the time in Akureyri, there is one major excursion east to the Lake Myvatn area, which is known for its geothermal energy facilities and unusual topographic features. During the excursion, students consider some of the challenges associated with geothermal power and examine the geology of the area. Discovering the Westfjords At the conclusion of the
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