The Most Incredible Experience I've Ever Had January 21, 2016

By (Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University / Virginia Tech) - abroad from 01/03/2016 to 01/10/2016 with

The GREEN Program: Iceland - Sustainability and Renewable Energy Abroad

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I could not have dreamed of having a better study abroad experience (or even travel experience) than the one that I had with the GREEN Program! The lectures were interesting and the "field trips" to local energy plants were incredible and insightful. Not to mention the trips that we took throughout Reykjavik and the Southern parts of Iceland were breathtaking, eye-opening, and meant to challenge you - which was awesome. The most amazing parts, however, were the different students you met and the mentality to "live in the moment". I will continue to keep those friends and that mentality because both have changed me for the better.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

It was an awesome learning experience!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Friendly professors and interesting material.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Cute and cozy places!

* Food:

DELICIOUS and new!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Absolutely loved the culture! I will most definitely go back someday!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Everyone survived!

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)

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Hotel
  • Hostel
* Who did you live with?

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

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  • Americans
  • International Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The hikes
  • The "live in the moment" mentality
* What could be improved?
  • Nothing. It was incredible.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? They didn't dress that professionally in Iceland. That it was dark most of the day. That I didn't need to be worried at all because I had an amazing experience and help from the coolest guides and students.