Iceland: Renewable Energy, Technology, and Resource Economics


“Renewable energy in Iceland made much more sense with the perspective gained from the homestay.”

—Julia Brenner, program alum

Become a part of Icelandic culture and community.
Students live with host families for two weeks in Ísafjörður, the capital of the Westfjords region. Host families are likely located close to the University Centre of the Westfjords where classes are held.

Staying with an Icelandic family gives students insight into Icelanders’ everyday life, culture, and language. Additionally, by living with an Icelandic family, students see how energy issues affect daily life and get to discuss these issues with their hosts around the dinner table, a favorite Icelandic pastime. The homestay is typically one of the most meaningful experiences of the program.

Ísafjörður is a town of about 3,000 people settled on a narrow spit of land in the fjord Skútulsfjörður; it is surrounded by mountains and the sea. The town is an urban center in the remote Westfjords, offering services such as a hospital, schools, cafés, and arts venues.

Traditionally a fishing town, Ísafjörður has in the past few decades expanded into knowledge-based industries as well as nature-based tourism. Ísafjörður and the Westfjords are only visited by about two percent of tourists to Iceland and remain off the beaten track.

Other accommodations include small guest houses and hotels.

Costs Dates

Credits: 9

Duration: 7 weeks

Program Base: Westfjords

Language Study: Icelandic

Prerequisites: Previous college-level coursework or other significant preparation in engineering, economics, environmental studies, or related fields, as assessed by SIT. Read more...


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