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SIT Study Abroad Iceland and Greenland: Climate Change and the Arctic
Ísafjörður, Iceland; Nuuk, Greenland; Reykjavik, Iceland (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Fall,
Spring
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Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
Restrictions: Gustavus applicants only
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 09/15/2018
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Rolling Admission 02/16/2019 05/28/2019

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Program Provider:
SIT - School for International Training
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Program Term(s):
Semester only
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Minimum Class Standing:
Junior, Senior, Sophomore
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Minimum GPA:
2.75
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Prerequisites:
Yes
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Previous Language Study Req?:
No
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Language of Instruction:
English
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Language courses offered:
None
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Housing Options:
Guest House, Homestay, Hostel/Hotel
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Areas of Study:
Archaeology, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Geology, Sociology
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Additional Program Options:
Field Study, Research Project
Program Description:
Program Description:

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SIT Study Abroad 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 ecosystems and communities in the Arctic and subarctic, where change is occurring faster—and with greater consequences for the entire globe—than anywhere else on earth.
  • Visit glaciers, volcanoes, fjords, geothermal fields, lava flows, black sand beaches, waterfalls, and subarctic cities and villages to see ecological transformation and human adaptation firsthand.
  • Spend two weeks in Greenland, where you’ll meet climate change experts and, in fall semesters, visit a climate monitoring station.
  • Conduct fieldwork that introduces you to scientific methods and data collection and complete an original research project that has real-world applications.
  • Gain insider access to experts who work directly with monitoring, predicting, and planning for impacts of a changing climate.

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 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

  • An overview of Arctic climate, landforms, and ecosystems and how humans interact with them
  • The impact of climate change on animal, plant, and human communities in the Arctic and how these communities adjust
  • Climate modeling and trends, including a chance to develop your own climate models
  • Renewable energy systems
  • Carbon management
  • Indigenous knowledge of changes in climate
  • Communicating climate change and science
  • How changes—from potential sea level rise to accessibility to resources previously under ice— will affect the globe
  • The consequences of climate change and ideas to solve the problems it creates
  • Scientific methods, data collection, and ethics of climate research

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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IMPORTANT APPLICATION DEADLINE INFORMATION:

SIT programs may be competitive and fill before the application deadline date.

If you are planning to study abroad with SIT in the fall, it is in your best interest to apply for Gustavus approval AS EARLY AS YOU CAN, and well prior to the March 1 deadline, and some SIT programs may be full by then.

SIT Application Opening Dates:
    * January 15 for fall and summer programs
    * April 15 for spring programs.
Applications received prior to the opening date will be reviewed after the opening date has passed. Information on application status will not be available until after the opening date for the term under review. Students, advisors, or faculty are welcome to check on application status after the opening date.

SIT Fall Semester Closing Dates:
    * May 1: For Brazil, Kenya, and Tanzania
    * May 15: For all other programs

SIT Spring Semester Closing Dates:
    * November 1 for all programs

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This program is currently not accepting applications.