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  • Locations: Isaforour, Iceland
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Type: Field Based, Program provider Language of Instruction: English
Scholarships Offered: Yes Housing Type: Homestay, Hostel/Hotel
Area of Study: Archaeology, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Geology, Sociology Global Engagement: Internship
Program Description:

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Iceland and Greenland: Climate Change and the Arctic

Study climate models, carbon management, and the impact of climate change on Arctic ecosystems and societies. Visit renewable energy centers and glaciers amidst Iceland's and Greenland's unique landscapes.

Program Highlights

  • Witness the impact of climate change on Arctic and subarctic ecosystems and communities.
  • Live with an Icelandic family for three weeks.
  • Spend two weeks in Greenland.
  • See stunning landscapes and visit sites of cultural importance in Iceland and Greenland.
  • Complete an original research project with real-world applications.
  • Learn conversational Icelandic, West Greenlandic, and Danish.
  • Gain insider access to experts who design and maintain renewable energy systems.

Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.

Independent Study

During the final four weeks of the program, you can choose to use your new language and cultural skills and the academic knowledge you have acquired to complete an Independent Study Project (ISP) on a topic of interest to you. Emphasis is placed on real-world relevance, interdisciplinary perspectives on climate change, and connecting with current research in Iceland. Working independently or in a small group, you will track climate change effects and/or design a method for protecting Arctic climate. You will also build collaborative partnerships with local scientific and indigenous communities to encourage innovation.

Sample topics:

  • Thinning of ice sheets and glacier retreat
  • Melting permafrost
  • Ecosystem carbon sequestration
  • Renewable energy
  • Arctic air pollution
  • Climate change impacts on traditional lifestyles
  • Communicating climate science
  • Arctic tourism and climate change
  • Invasive species proliferation and altered migration patterns caused by climate change

 

Key Topics of Study

  • The "making and breaking" of Yugoslavia
  • Peace and conflict studies: theory and practice in the Balkans
  • Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Kosovo in the 1990s: international sanctions, the 1999 NATO bombing, the Dayton Agreement
  • History, conflict, and post-conflict transformation in Serbia, Bosnia, and Kosovo
  • International intervention and state building in the Balkans and independence movements across Europe
  • Democratization processes, EU enlargement, media pluralism, and media freedom

Money Matters

Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.  

SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following:

All educational costs, including educational excursions

  • All accommodations and meals for the full program duration
  • Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions
  • Health and accident insurance

Scholarships:

  • SIT awards nearly $1.6 million in scholarships and grants annually.
  • All scholarships and grants are need-based.
  • Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.  
  • The SIT Pell Grant Match provides matching grants to all students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding when it is applied to an SIT Study Abroad semester program. 
  • Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.

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Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.