SIT Study Abroad: Iceland and Greenland - Climate Change and the Arctic

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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 ... read more

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I learned that I am much more independent and capable of traveling on my own than I anticipated. I believe that this experience was 100% worthwhile and feel like I learned a lot about myself and my true interests. - University of Oregon View Entire Review
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I learned how to learn differently. Having field-based learning experiences was a new thing to me. There were not people reminding me what I needed to do every day so I also had to learn to be self-motivated. It was 100% worthwhile because I developed my character and learned more about myself as a person. - University of St. Thomas - Minnesota View Entire Review
September 04, 2019 Great Program!
I learned a lot about climate change -- which was intense, but I'm really glad I know the things I know now. I feel like a really changed person as a result of the things I learned and the people I met. - Smith College View Entire Review
Yes. I loved the opportunity to live independently and with a homestay in the small Icelandic fishing town of Isafjordur. It was wonderful immersing oneself in a local, tightly-knit community and learning a bit about Icelandic culture through experience. It is amazing to be able to live in Iceland and say you're not just a touri... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned how to live abroad and travel internationally by myself. I also learned a lot about Iceland, Greenland, and the Arctic. These life and cultural experiences were worthwhile. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I don't feel I gained much. What I learned I could have taught myself at home. I enjoyed the travelling and site seeing. I have been struggling to figure out if it was worth it. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
December 10, 2019 Amazing Iceland!
We got to study climate change and the Arctic first hand and this is not an opportunity many people get. I feel like I gained more than I thought I ever would form this experience. - Swarthmore College View Entire Review
I learned even more about how to live on my own/with friends and come up with routines to keep myself learning and happy. I feel way more prepared for life after college as a result. On top of that, I learned a ton about the politics and cultures of the areas we visited, and how climate change will impact those areas. - Bowdoin College View Entire Review
December 18, 2018 Absolutely Amazing
It made me more confident in who I am and what I am capable of doing academically and socially. I also found what I want to continue studying and maybe make a career of. - Grinnell College View Entire Review
While I certainly learned about climate change and the arctic ecosystem/culture, more than anything, I learned about people and how to function independently. Life can be tough in the bitter cold of Greenland and darkness of Iceland but these communities have adapted and figured out what to do with what little they have - a key ... - University of Maine - Orono View Entire Review
I learned how I learned best. I have gone back to my home school more confident in what I want to study and I do thank my Academic Director for that. - Lewis & Clark College View Entire Review
Yes yes yes it was worthwhile. I learned so much about being a smart traveller and about how to integrate to another culture. - Brandeis University View Entire Review

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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.

Over the last few decades, the Arctic has been the region that has warmed most in the world and data confirms that Arctic warming has caused changes to sea ice and snow cover. Scientists have warned that Arctic amplifications may lead to feedback effects that will cause further warming to the planet. The rapid and interactive change in Arctic climate, biology, and society prompt a number of research questions: How will these changes—from a potential rise in sea level to accessibility to resources that have until recently been hidden under ice—affect the rest of the globe? How are Arctic communities adjusting to these changes? What could we learn from their behavior? How do we develop solutions to the problems caused by climate change?

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

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Sustainability Studies
Minimum GPA:
2.5
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