Franklin University Switzerland Academic Travel

Students at Franklin University Switzerland engage in Academic Travel every semester as part of the undergraduate curriculum. These courses are standard semester courses with an embedded 10- 12 day field experience that enables students to get first-hand experience with the topics they study in the classroom. Since 2010, environmental science professor Brack Hale has been bringing students to Iceland as part of this program. He has been working with the University Centre of the Westfjords since 2015. The most recent iteration of his academic travel course examines the relationships between tourism and the natural environment. The group travels around Iceland and the Westfjords examining the impact tourism is having on the natural and social environments and the strategies institutions in Iceland are implementing to deal with these impacts.

During the group’s stay in the Westfjords, the students meet with different stakeholders in tourism industry, visit local sites, and engage in trail building and maintenance projects.

Students from Franklin University arriving at the University Centre, 2017
Students from Franklin University arriving at the University Centre, 2017