Friday 3. May 2013

SIT field school students offered homestays

Like previous years, the University Centre expects a field school group on behalf of the School for International Training (SIT) in Vermont, USA this summer. These undergraduate students do an almost semester-long programme Renewable Energy, Technology, and Resource Economics in Iceland and the programme mainly is carried out in the Reykjavik area and in the Westfjord region.

The group will stay in the Westfjords from June 16 to July 7 and consists of roughly twenty students. Caitlin Wilson doctoral student in environmental sciences at the Univeristy of Iceland is the programme AD, a position she has held for the past years. This year she will have two assistants, Alex Elliott, a British former University Centre student and Astrid Fehling who is German and has also studied here at the Centre. We are certainly pleased to have them on board this summer.

In addition to lectures in energy sciences and field trips, the SIT students get to study Icelandic language and culture, both in class as well as by going on short tours. Language study is an important part of all SIT study abroad programmes and to give students an opportunity to practice the language as well as insights in family life, they are offered two-week long homestays with families in the Isafjordur area. This experience is normally highly appreciated by students as well as host families, which this story from 2012 shows: 'Hosting a foreign student a rewarding experience'

Lately the Centre has advertised for hosts and followingly an informational meeting was arranged last week. Many interested families showed up and seemed very curious to welcome a student to their home in a few weeks‘ time. We are looking forward to the arrival of the 2013 SIT group!

Prospective SIT hosts joined us for an informational meeting at the Centre.
Prospective SIT hosts joined us for an informational meeting at the Centre.
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