This program explores sustainable development and its implications by studying the economic history of Iceland, particularly with regard to the part played by renewable energy, commercial fishing, 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 enjoys 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.

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: January 1, 2018
  • Deadline: March 1, 2018
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • GEO Nomination: All applicants to the program must first complete the GEO application to the Reykjavik University Program. Further information and materials may be requested of applicants following the NU application.
Update My Travel Plans on myNortheastern
Once you have been accepted into your program, you are required to create an entry in My Travel Plans for the trip. Please be sure to enter the following pieces of information:
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Study abroad spaces will be filled on a first come first serve basis by qualified students that meet eligibility requirements. The program may fill before the application deadline and will be closed as soon as all spaces are filled.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply during their first semester on the Boston campus. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.


Effective Spring 2018 Semester, Northeastern students will follow a new credit conversion scale, as outlined below:

  • The credit conversion ratio is 1:0.534 (Reykjavik University: Northeastern)
  • Student enroll in one 12 ECTS course and will receive credits for 2 NU courses listed below
  • Students will receive 6.4 NU credits total

Each international host university has its own credit system. You should plan on taking what is considered a full-time credit load at the host institution.

Students participating in this program will enroll in one course at Reykjavik University: Sustainability and Renewable Energy in Iceland. There are no alternative academic plans available.

This course will transfer back to Northeastern as the following two courses: 
  • ENTR3336 - Resource Management and Renewable Energy in Iceland
  • ENTR 3338 - Field Research in Sustainable Energy in Iceland
Evaluated Courses

All courses taken abroad must successfully be evaluated through the course equivalency process. To review the course equivalencies process and database please click here.

Policies & Procedures

Prior to application, please review GEO’s policies and procedures. This is the student’s responsibility.

Course Approval Form
Students must confirm their study abroad courses and corresponding Northeastern equivalents with their academic advisors for approval, using the online course approval process. This is located on myNortheastern within Services & Links, under Experiential Learning/Co-op, labeled Global Experiences/Study Abroad Course Selection. Please note that only academic advisors can confirm how a Northeastern equivalent will fit into students’ degree audits, and if it will fulfill any degree requirements.


Northeastern Tuition: $12,140
  • Tuition for 6-8 Northeastern credits.

Program Fee: $1,500
  • Includes housing and program travel

International Security and Emergency Support Fee: $100
  • This fee covers International Security and Emergency Support.

Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Traditional programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!


Additional Resources


The Republilc of Iceland, Lýðveldið Ísland or Ísland, which is the second largest island in Europe (103.000 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.


  • Off-Campus through Program: In Reykjavik, students will stay in dormitory-style or hostel-style housing. Accommodations in Reykjavik include breakfast. While on the ring road, accommodation will be in hotels or hostels. In all locations, rooms may be shared with other students on the program.

Host University or Organization

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.

Student Advisor