A trip you will never stop smiling about June 11, 2018

By (University of Calgary) - abroad from 05/14/2018 to 05/23/2018 with

The GREEN Program: Iceland - Sustainability and Renewable Energy Abroad

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained a cultural awareness of foreign countries, their customs, and local practices. I got to see some of the most breathtaking sights I will ever experience, made friends that will last a lifetime and spent 10 days learning about something that I have the utmost interest and passion for.

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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.

Going to take classes at Reykjavik University on a variety of topics such as hydropower, geothermal power, and environmental energy policy was incredible especially considering we got to visit power plants using the energy we studied in class to get a hands-on experience.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

My guides truly did make the trip what it was, they made it fun and light-hearted and educated us without boring us. Making every excursion a once in a lifetime chance.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I loved sharing a room with 4 other girls it gave us time to bond and get to know each other on a scale much smaller than our general group setting.

* Food:

While there was always lots of food to choose from and different local dishes to try some more variety of Icelandic dishes would be appreciated but overall it was good.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I felt very integrated, our guides made sure we got to experience as much of Iceland without making it extremely tourist like. We did local things, went to local restaurants, and dove into their cultural practices.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

No vaccines needed for this trip.

* Safety:

Incredibly safe country and felt very safe every place we traveled to, just make sure to bring the appropriate gear to limit your chances of possible injury,

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

I have never experienced a course so diverse, in-depth and hands on. The people on this trip are intimidating at first but then become some of the closest friends you can make in a 10-day span. No regrets to be had only that it wasn't a longer trip.

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)

The program provided all housing and meal requirements, however when we were out and about and bought food or drink it is very expensive.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? I suggest not taking out Icelandic currency and just using a credit card as you will likely spend almost all your currency on a couple items because of the price.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
  • Hostel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
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?
  • The people
  • The excursions
  • The education
* What could be improved?
  • The food
  • The number of people allowed on one trip
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Bring more than one rain jacket. Just relax, it seems so much more intimidating than it actually is, let go and enjoy yourself to the fullest.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.