An incredible experience of learning, development and sustainability! January 24, 2019

By (Chemical Engineering, Monash University) - abroad from 12/12/2019 to 12/19/2019 with

The GREEN Program: Iceland - Sustainability and Renewable Energy Abroad

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learn't about Iceland, its energy targets and the way the country is run. I also learn't a lot about America from the students who came by, as I am from Australia!

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

An incredible experience where I discovered the world of renewable energy in Iceland, created a project on algal biofuels and developed as a person!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Our guides and hosts were incredible. Erla and Eyrun where lovely, caring and so fun!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

We stayed in a homestead and then a group lodge. 10/10 amenities.

* Food:

Icelandic food was lovely, and we constantly were fed until we could eat no more.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

On this trip I learn't a lot about the culture, language and people.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Guides carried first aid kits, and all were incredibly experienced.

* Safety:

Always felt safe due to the tour bus and guides.

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

Learning about renewable energy and sustainability, developing a capstone project to present to 35 peers, creating friendships to last a lifetime and hike glaciers in our spare time... What more could you want?


* 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)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
  • 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
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 learning and adventure
* What could be improved?
  • N/A
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Dont only bring jeans... Bring some other pants as well. Also a rainproof jacket! In Australia, we rarely need these things.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Networker
An active student leader, it was important for you to network abroad as well. Once overseas, you sought out student clubs, volunteered with local organizations, or attended community events. You encouraged your friends join you, and often considered how you could reflect your international experiences in a resume.