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SIT: Iceland: Renewable Energy, Technology, and Resource Economics (Summer) (Third Party)

The Program

Iceland is a world leader in developing the use of renewable energy. While this is partly attributable to the country’s ample endowment of geothermal and hydroelectric resources, Icelanders have also made unique economic choices, valuing the social benefits of energy independence differently than much of the world.

The Academics

ENGR 3000: Renewable Energy, Technology, and Resource Economics Seminar (6 credits/90 class hours) Focus on helping students develop mastery of alternative energy technologies, an understanding of the role these technologies play in Iceland?s social and political context, and how to apply their knowledge through interaction with remote host communities. Learning takes place both in the classroom and in the field. ICEL 1000: Introduction to Icelandic (2 credits/ 30 class hours). Classroom and field instruction in the basics of the Icelandic language and the ways in which it reflects the sociocultural identity of the nation.

Educational Excursions: In addition to key sites in both Reykjavik and Akureyri, students will visit the thermal rift and other key geological sites, as well as energy production facilities of various sizes. Duration: Seven weeks (early June to mid July) Student Eligibility: At least two semesters of college-level work at the time of application and good academic standing with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5. Prerequisites: Previous college-level coursework or other significant preparation in engineering.

In order to earn credit at UConn for courses completed on this program, individual courses must be approved by a designated UConn course evaluator and assigned a UConn course number. Complete instructions for this process can be found under Academics.

This list of course equivalents indicates courses that other students have taken in the past. It does not guarantee that they will be available when you participate in the program. If you want to take a course that is not on the list below click on “Academics” to access information on the course accreditation process.

General Education course substitution: your school or college will decide if specific study abroad courses can be used to fulfill General Education Requirements. You will need to individually petition your school for the substitution.  For exact information, go to “Academics” and “Gen Ed Substitution”.

Note: All study abroad courses have to be assigned a UConn course department number by faculty departmental evaluators before they can be posted and later considered for any minor, major, gen ed, or elective credit.

UConn Dept. and # University Course Title Foreign # Foreign Course Credits Accreditation Expiration Date
CRLP 1193 Foreign Study ICEL 1000 Introduction to Icelandic 3 6/30/2020

The Experience

The program is divided into three components. In the capital, Reykjavik, students meet with politicians, industry leaders, and social activists to develop their understanding of how Iceland?s energy policy fits into the larger national agenda. They then move on to Akureyri, where they study with leading engineers, physicists, and geologists, and visit major sites related to the program’s theme. Students spend their last two weeks in the remote West Fjords, applying concepts learned to village-scale energy problems. Coursework in the Icelandic language helps students develop a knowledgeable appreciation of the culture.


Certain fees associated with this program will appear on your UConn fee bill. These fees are required in addition to the costs billed to you directly by the third party program provider. For exact information on these additional costs, please visit this program’s budget sheet by clicking the link below.

Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

Budget Sheets: Summer
The Details

  • Location: Westfjords, Iceland
  • Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/20/2018 02/27/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Environmental Studies
Language of instruction: English Prior language study required:
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: