Thursday 14. September 2017

SIT Climate program students arrive

This morning a new group of students enrolled in the Iceland and Greenland: Climate Change and the Arctic program arrived in Ísafjörður. This study abroad program is offered by the School for International Training (SIT) in Vermont USA in collaboration with the University Centre and was launched in 2016.

Just arrived in Ísafjörđur! The new SIT student group.
Just arrived in Ísafjörđur! The new SIT student group.
Monday 28. August 2017

Would you like to host an American student?

The University Centre of the Westfjords is now seeking host families in the Ísafjörður area willing to host American undergraduate students September 14 – October 6.

Sveinbjörn
Sveinbjörn "Simbi" Hjálmarsson, Sóley Árnadóttir and their family hosted two SIT students last summer. (Photo: Simbi)
Friday 11. August 2017

More than a decade of Icelandic for foreigners

Close to 70 foreign students are now hitting the Icelandic books in the Ísfjörður region as a part of their Icelandic courses offered by the University Centre of the Westfjords. This is the eleventh consecutive summer these courses are taught, they started in 2007 and have long since become a regular part of the August agenda in the vicinity of Ísafjörður.

Some of the students, teachers and staff of the Icelandic courses 2017 joined at the University Centre earlier this week.
Some of the students, teachers and staff of the Icelandic courses 2017 joined at the University Centre earlier this week.
Wednesday 5. July 2017

UW program director publishes article in fisheries management in Iceland

Our program director, Dr. Catherine Chambers, has recently published an article in the journal Coastal Management on the inclusion of social science in fisheries decision-making processes in Iceland.

Tuesday 23. May 2017

Girls and Technology

Today around 30 girls in 9th grade from elementary schools in the northern part of the Westfjords took part in workshops at the University Centre called „Girls and Technology“. The workshops are held by the Reykjavík University in connection with the international „Girls in ICT Day“ celebrated April 27th.

The 9th grade girls from the Westfjords at one of the
The 9th grade girls from the Westfjords at one of the "Girls and Technology" workshops at the University Centre this morning.
Thursday 18. May 2017

Survey on Sea Culture and Sense of Place

How do we talk about the sea? How do we look at the sea in times of increased tourism and aquaculture? Is the ocean included in school curricula? Are the answers to these questions different in different countries, or is there a similar trend found around the world?

Photo from Drangsnes on the Westfjords peninsula. Photo: Ágúst Atlason.
Photo from Drangsnes on the Westfjords peninsula. Photo: Ágúst Atlason.
Friday 5. May 2017

Ice survey plane on public display at Ísafjörđur airport

The American Twin-Otter aeroplane currently flying research trips out of Ísafjörður has already grabbed the attention of many people in town. On Monday 8th May, an Icelandic Coastguard plane will arrive as well, for its own annual ice research expedition. To celebrate the fact that both planes will be in Ísafjörður, the public are invited to pay them a visit at the airport on Monday from 18.00 (after the passenger flight to Reykjavík has left) and find out first-hand about the planes and what they are up to.

The Twin Otter plane that is used by the American research team based in Ísafjörđur.
The Twin Otter plane that is used by the American research team based in Ísafjörđur.
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Tuesday 25. April 2017

Researching weather and ice from above

The University Centre of the Westfjords is awaiting the arrival during the next weeks of a team of US researchers and crew members conducting research on ice and climate. The team will carry out low-level flights over the shelf ice out on Greenland Sound (Denmark Strait) to collect weather-related data which will help to enhance flight safety, as well as give a deeper understanding of climate change.

A photo from a sea ice model that Björn Erlingsson has been developing at the Icelandic Met Office. The picture shows a part of the area that the research team will focus on.
A photo from a sea ice model that Björn Erlingsson has been developing at the Icelandic Met Office. The picture shows a part of the area that the research team will focus on.
Wednesday 19. April 2017

Would you like to host an American student

The University Centre of the Westfjords is now seeking host families in the Ísafjörður area willing to invite American university students  to stay in their homes for roughly two weeks, beginning June 18.

Einar Geir who took this photo is used to having exchange students around his home.
Einar Geir who took this photo is used to having exchange students around his home.
Tuesday 11. April 2017

SIT students in Greenland

A group of seventeen American college students is now completing a two week stay in Greenland as a part of their study abroad program „Iceland and Greenland: Climate Change and the Arctic.“ The program is a whole semester offered by the School for International Training (SIT) in collaboration with the University Centre of the Westfjords. Thirteen out of a total of fifteen weeks are spent in Iceland while two are spent in Greenland. This is the second semester this same program is offered in cooperation with the UW Centre.

By the edge of the icecap.
By the edge of the icecap.
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