SIT Study Abroad Program

Every summer, World Learning SIT Study Abroad Program offers a course on Renewable Energy, Technology, and Resource Economics in Iceland. During the seven week long program, students from universities across the United States learn about Iceland’s energy policy and resource economics through coursework, engagement with local stakeholders, and individual research projects that they design themselves.

Three weeks of the program are spent in the Westfjords region. With its welcoming, tight-knit, and easily accessible communities and unique resource and energy needs, the Westfjords present students with the perfect opportunity to get hands-on in their learning experience. Classes in Energy Technology are thought at the University Center of the Westfjords where students learn about renewable energy and sustainability, with a focus on applying principles learned in the classroom on a small town scale.

Students stay with local host families in Ísafjörður, where they are able to learn what it is like to live in a typical Icelandic family. The family living experience is also a perfect complement to students’ Icelandic lessons, providing them the chance to express themselves in an everyday setting. Time is also spent at Holt Lodge, a former boarding school in the countryside 20 km from Ísafjörður. 

The University Centre has welcomed SIT groups each summer since 2007.