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By (Environmental Studies; International Studies, University of North Carolina - Wilmington) - abroad from 06/08/2015 to 06/17/2015 with

The GREEN Program: Iceland - Sustainability and Renewable Energy Abroad

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned an incredible amount about sustainable energy, working with peers, outdoor skills, and so much more. To say that this program was worthwhile is an understatement!

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The GREEN Program provides students from around the world the opportunity to completely immerse themselves in an incomparable experience. During the two weeks that I spent in Iceland, I did significantly more than I ever expected to in such a short period of time, from glacier snorkeling and hiking to taking classes with incredible professors at the Iceland School of Energy to hiking to the top of Valahn├║kur. Even if you do not have an Environmental/Engineering background, the trip is an incredible learning experience. Also, I never thought that I could become such great friends with almost 40 other people in such a short period of time, but the GREEN Program allowed me to do so. I recommend this study abroad program to anyone who wants to take on the adventure of a lifetime!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The guesthouses and campsite that students stay at are beautiful, clean, and ideal for making life-long friends!

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

Finances

* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Everything other than the cost of flights was included in the program fee. Some students spent up to a couple hundred dollars extra on souvenirs, etc. but all of the essentials (and then some) are included.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Other
  • Hotel
  • Hostel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Everything outdoors!
  • Making so many new friends.
  • Seeing and learning about things in Iceland that I would not have been able to without GREEN.
* What could be improved?
  • Balancing outdoor and educational time.
  • Homework/transcript situation.
  • N/A
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish that I had known that the reason that no itinerary is given is so that students focus on the moment that they are in, rather than on what is planned for the following days. I really appreciate that this format was used, and it definitely made the experience even better, but I think that some potential students may be turned away due to the lack of an itinerary or an explanation of why one is not provided. I would recommend putting this explanation on the program webpage.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.