SIT Study Abroad: Iceland - Climate Change and the Arctic
Study the impact of climate change on Arctic ecosystems and societies. Visit renewable energy centers, glaciers and awe-inspiring scenery.The power of nature is evident in Iceland. Here you’ll study the causes of climate change and its impacts on ... read more
I gained an understanding of Icelandic culture and how it may influence their sustainability. I met a lot of Icelandic people as well as fellow American students that I learned a lot from. I loved exploring the diverse and beautiful natural places. I also thought the Arctic Circle conference was a very valuable experience Ella R - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned how other cultures view environmental issues and how environmental consciousness can be integrated into governmental policies. A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned skills in field methods and critical thinking, but most importantly I learned how environmental scientists communicate and inform politics. It was very helpful to see how Europe handles climate change differently than the U.S., and bring home new ideologies. Bianca Peterman - Brandeis University View Entire Review
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. A student - University of Oregon View Entire Review
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. A student - University of St. Thomas - Minnesota View Entire Review
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. A student - 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... Morgan Perlman - 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. A student - 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. Sophia Leiter - Middlebury College View Entire Review
A lot about climate change in the Arctic, Icelandic history and culture, some of the language, and how to climate model. Cici C - Bates College View Entire Review
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I realized how much I appreciate the outdoors. A student - Wellesley College View Entire Review
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. A student - 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. A student - Bowdoin College View Entire Review
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. A student - 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 ... A student - 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. Charlotte Copp - 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. A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
The power of nature is evident in Iceland. Here you’ll study the causes of climate change and its impacts on the critical environment of the Arctic and the entire planet. Witness the astonishing beauty of glaciers, volcanoes, fjords, geothermal fields, highlands, lava flows, rugged coastline, and waterfalls. On excursions to Iceland’s remote Westfjords region and throughout Iceland, you’ll see the impact of global warming on glaciers and ice sheets. Observe ground zero of climate change amidst stunning landscapes while learning about renewable technologies that can help slow the damage.
Program Type(s):Study Abroad
Relevant Study Subject(s):
- Environmental Studies
- Environmental Science
- Sustainability Studies
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SIT Study Abroad Scholarships
SIT Study Abroad is committed to increasing access to international education and to ensuring you have the information you need to successfully access funding for your study abroad program with us. SIT has awarded an average of over $1.3 million in scholarships and grants to SIT Study Abroad students in the past three years. We encourage all qualified students to apply for our need-based scholarships. SIT scholarships are not available for online courses or virtual internships. Your scholarship application is created when you select your interest in SIT need-based scholarships when asked in the drop-down section of your SIT Study Abroad program application. Your application is then reviewed separately, on a rolling basis, when complete. For a list of available scholarships and grants, click here.
$500 - $5000
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