REYKJAVIK: Reykjavik University – Sustainability in Iceland

Reykjavik, Iceland

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Dates

  • Summer 1 Semester - May 19 - June 13, 2014 (tentative)

Application Deadline

  • Summer 1 Semester - February 1, 2014

Description

Study Abroad Coordinator: Colleen Boyle (c.boyle@neu.edu)

Dates: Summer I

The purpose of this course is to explore sustainable development and its implications by studying the economic history of Iceland, particularly with regard to the part played by renewable energy and commercial fishing, land use and tourism from the 20th century onwards.  Iceland offers an interesting case for study.  This volcanic island was first settled in the 9th century, and over the course of a few hundred years of human activity, the long term equilibrium of the island was disrupted causing severe environmental degradation.  By the turn of the 20th century Iceland was one of the poorest countries in Europe.  Over the course of the last hundred years, utilization of Iceland‘s considerable resources has allowed a remarkable transformation of the country, which now enjoy‘s a standard of living among the best in the world and is considered a leader in the sustainable use of natural resources.  The relatively small size and simplicity of the Icelandic economy makes it particularly understandable and suitable for analysis.

Courses

Students are expected to prepare for the visit to Iceland by reading selected material giving background on Iceland and sustainable development.  After arrival they will take a short exam to evaluate their preparation.  Students will keep a diary from field trips and site visits.  Final paper to be completed in week after leaving Iceland. Once in Iceland, students will take the following two classes*:

  • ENTR 3336 Resource Management and Renewable Energy in Iceland: This course explores sustainable development and its implications by studying the economic history of Iceland, particularly with regard to the part played by renewable energy and commercial fishing, land use and tourism from the 20th century onwards.  This volcanic island was first settled in the 9th century, and over the course of a few hundred years of human activity, the long term equilibrium of the island was disrupted causing severe environmental degradation.  By the turn of the 20th century Iceland was one of the poorest countries in Europe.  Over the course of the last hundred years, utilization of Iceland‘s considerable resources has allowed a remarkable transformation making Iceland a leader in the sustainable use of natural resources.  Students will study the process that brought about this transformation and focus on renewable energy and sustainable resource management.   Prereq. (a) FINA 2720 or an environmental science course and (b) sophomore standing or above and (c) permission of instructor. Coreq. ENTR 3338.  4.000 Credit hours.
  • ENTR3338  Field Research in Sustainable Energy: Offers students an opportunity to explore the use of sustainable sources of energy, as well as sustainable resource management.  Through study and field trips to power plants and businesses, students will investigate the role played by hydropower and geothermal energy in providing a sustainable source of energy in a developed economy. They will have the opportunity to learn how governments and businesses work together to develop and manage renewable energy and natural resources, create a sustainable environment. Prerequisite: (a) FINA 2720 or an environmental science course and (b) sophomore standing or above and (c) permission of instructor.  Corequisite: ENTR 3336.  NU Core: Experiential learning.

*Courses are tentative.

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Host University

Reykjavik University is a vibrant international university located at the heart of Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. Reykjavik University (RU) is Iceland's largest private university.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 2 completed terms at NU, one of which may be a summer term
  • GPA of at least 2.8
  • Students who do not meet this requirement but still wish to apply must contact Ron Whitfield (r.whitfield@neu.edu)
  • Transfer students and spring admits, please contact OISP for eligibility

Application Procedure

    • Completed online OISP application
    • Photocopy of Passport ID Page
    • Submit an unofficial transcript printed off of myNEU to OISP in 403 Richards
    • Personal Essay addressing the following questions:
    • 1.  Why are you interested in participating in this program? Who or what motivated you to apply?
    • 2. What are your academic, personal, and/or professional goals for this program?
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Cost

Summer 1 2014: $12,195

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 8 NU credits ($10,195), housing and other non-academic costs, including 24/7 worldwide emergency assistance ($2,000). Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

Iceland, Reykjavik: Reykjavik University Study Abroad Program Budget (Summer)

Accommodations

Students will be staying in a dormitory with breakfast included.

Destination

The Republilc of Iceland, Lýðveldið Ísland or Ísland, which is the second largest island in Europe (103.000 sq.km.) lies in the North Atlantic Ocean. The country is crossed by the Arctic Circle, which passes through the island of Grímsey, Iceland's northernmost point. Geologically, Iceland is a young country. It has about 200 volcanoes, of almost every type. Volcanic activities have been frequent since the 1960s. A new island, Surtsey was formed south of the mainland in 1963, and a major eruption took place in 1973 when a volcano in Westman Islands spewed erupted lava over the town of Heimaey. Reykjavik (Bay of smoke) is the capital of Iceland. By the turn of the nineteenth century, the inhabitants of Reykjavik numbered 5.000, and with a great expansion in the period after the two World Wars, today there are approximately 117.000 inhabitants. Iceland's total population is approximately 310.000 of which around 180.000 live in Reykjavik and its neighbouring communities.