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  • Locations: Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Areas of Study: Environmental Science Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.0
Program Type: Faculty-Led Program Options: Study Abroad
Academic Level: Freshmen, Junior, Senior, Sophomore Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Hostel/Hotel
Program Description:
The untamed terrain of this European island country is flecked with glaciers, geysers, hot springs, and volcanoes, giving Iceland the well-earned nickname, "The Land of Fire and Ice". This enchanting country was founded by Vikings, and Norse mythology is still very much present in modern life. Icelandic culture was established on superstition and folk tales, passed down through generations and tied closely to the wild landscape. Unlike its European neighbors, Iceland has not been ruled by a traditional monarchy. In fact, Iceland boasts the oldest parliament in the world, the Althingi. Icelanders today are still as independent and self-sufficient when it comes to energy, thanks to abundant hydroelectric and geothermal power. Iceland even produces much of its own food crops, through the use of greenhouses heated by its world-renowned geothermal energy. 

  Iceland combines a capitalist structure with free market principals. For roughly the last ten years, Iceland has experienced a period of growth, low unemployment, and a remarkably even distribution of income. This growth can be attributed to Iceland's move into the manufacturing and service industries, especially in the fields of tourism, software production, and biotechnology. Its geothermal and hydropower resources have attracted foreign investments and interest from companies eager for cheap green energy. Tourism has become the main industry for Iceland's exports in recent years. With the annual tourist population often surpassing Iceland's home population, the country must meet the demands of its mix of consumers.

  Through this program, you will explore the unique nature of Iceland. Students will gain insight into the glaciers, their bleak future, and the effects of global warming. Students will visit National Parks, mountain passes, and several other excursions all with the purpose of understanding the nature and environmental identity of the land of fire and ice. 

This program is currently not accepting applications.