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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
SpringSemester(W/Sp) 2020 10/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission 02/15/2020 05/26/2020
NOTE: To be considered for a UW Study Abroad Scholarship, you must apply by the priority deadline of November 1st

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Program Information:

QUICK FACTS    
Location Reykjavik, Iceland
Academic Term Autumn Semester / Spring Semester
Credits 16 semester credits per session
Prerequisites Previous coursework in engineering, earth sciences, sustainability, environmental policy, sociology, biology, geology, geography, chemistry, archaeology, and/or environmental science/studies.
Program Manager Shannon Quinn | studyabroad@uw.edu
Application Deadline May 15 (Autumn Semester)
Nov 1 (Spring Semester)
Financial Aid All accepted students can apply for need-based and scholarships, grants, and loans. Students can also apply for the SIT Pell Grant Match, which provides matching grants to all students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding.
HIGHLIGHTS
General Study climate models, carbon management, and the impact of climate change on Arctic ecosystems and societies. Visit renewable energy centers and glaciers amidst Iceland's and Greenland's unique landscapes.
 
PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Live in Reykjavik and witness the impact of climate change on ecosystems and communities in the Arctic and subarctic, where change is occurring faster—and with greater consequences for the entire globe—than anywhere else on earth. Visit glaciers, volcanoes, fjords, geothermal fields, lava flows, black sand beaches, waterfalls, and subarctic cities and villages to see ecological transformation and human adaptation firsthand.

WHAT MAKES SIT UNIQUE
SIT Study Abroad offers a field-based, experiential approach to learning.
Each program has a small group of students (typically 10–35). 
SIT students gain access to many different stakeholders and experts relevant to the program-specific issues. 
Incorporates extensive out-of-classroom learning through excursions to field stations, NGO headquarters, more.
Many students use their Independent Study Projects as a basis for senior theses on their home campuses.
Many students use this experience to successfully apply for fellowships such as Fulbrights and Watsons.


CONNECT WITH SIT
Visit the SIT website
Call the Admissions Counselor at (888) 272-7881
Email studyabroad@sit.edu
Read updates from the field on the SIT Blog
Follow CET on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram
Watch student videos on YouTube
 
LOCATION

Site

Reykjavík - the capital city of Iceland - has a total population of around 120,000 that, in combination with the population of the neighboring towns, makes up about 60% of Iceland's population of 300,000. First settled in the late 9th and 10th centuries by Norwegian and Celtic immigrants, the city of Reykjavík got its names after the columns of steam that rose from the hot springs in the area. Today visitors to Reykjavík can participate in a wide variety of cultural and outdoor actives, visit historical and geological sites and experience "the nightlife capital of the north".




 

 
ACADEMICS

Prerequisites and Language Requirements

Students must have completed some coursework in engineering, earth sciences, sustainability, environmental policy, sociology, biology, geology, geography, chemistry, archaeology, and/or environmental science/studies.

Credits and Conversion Scale

You will approx. receive 24 UW credits per term. How our office will determine the amount is through our Credit Conversion Scale for the program. 

If you would like some assistance, schedule an appointment with one of our Program Assistants here.

Program Structure

There is no "typical day"on an SIT program. Activities may take place on any day of the week and at any time of day to be in accordance with according to local norms and to take advantage of once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunities. Thus, the schedule and structure of the program are likely very different from what students are used to on their home campuses. The semester progresses in phases:
  • The program begins with a thorough orientation.
  • During the first two and a half months of the program, students are engaged in foundational coursework, including:
    • thematic seminars, including education excursions,
    • language instruction focused on improving practical communication skills, and
    • a field research methods and ethics course that prepares students to conduct independent research.
  • For the last month of the program, students conduct an Independent Study Project (ISP) on an approved topic of their choosing.
  • Finally, students present their project, participate in program evaluations, and prepare to return home.

Courses

Students will take courses that cover the following topics:

  • An overview of Arctic climate, landforms, and ecosystems and how humans interact with them
  • The impacts of climate change on animal, plant, and human communities in the Arctic and how these communities adjust
  • Climate modeling and trends, including a chance to develop your own climate models
  • Renewable energy systems
  • Carbon management
  • Indigenous knowledge of changes in climate
  • Communicating climate change and science
  • How changes—from potential sea level rise to accessibility to resources previously under ice— will affect the globe
  • The consequences of climate change and ideas to solve the problems it creates

During the final four weeks of the program, students will use the academic knowledge they have acquired to complete an Independent Study Project (ISP) on a topic of interest to them. Emphasis is placed on real-world relevance, interdisciplinary perspectives on climate change, and connecting with current research in Iceland. Working independently or in a small group, students will track climate change effects and/or design a method for protecting Arctic climate. Students will also build collaborative partnerships with local scientific and indigenous communities to encourage innovation. Potential project topics include:

  • Thinning of ice sheets and glacier retreat
  • Melting permafrost
  • Ecosystem carbon sequestration
  • Renewable energy
  • Arctic air pollution
  • Climate change impacts on traditional lifestyles
  • Communicating climate science
  • Arctic tourism and climate change
  • Invasive species proliferation and altered migration patterns caused by climate change
Please visit the program website to learn more about the courses.


If you’re looking for a record of how courses from this institution have been transferred in the past, visit the credit equivalency database to help you determine what foreign courses might satisfy your academic needs here at the UW.

For more information about receiving credits for your study abroad, visit Earning credits abroad.

 
ACCOMMODATIONS

Housing

Students will live with an Icelandic family for three weeks. Students will become a member of a local family, share meals with them, join them for special occasions, talk with them in their language, and experience the host country through their eyes.

Other accommodations during the program mainly include hostels.

 
VISA INFORMATION

The UW Study Abroad Office can't officially advise you about visas.

The volume and diversity of students participating, the shifting requirements of foreign governments, and the complexity of these applications make it impossible for us to accurately advise you on immigration policies.  

If your program requires a visa, documentation will be provided from your host institution after your acceptance. 

 
FINANCES

Program Expenses

The Study Abroad fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates. Students must pay the course-related fees directly through the SIT program website.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans. To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.

Scholarships

  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at goglobal@uw.edu to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.
 
APPLICATION

Application Process

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button and follow the prompts to create an application. After you create your application, click on each of the links on your study abroad application homepage and complete the remaining application requirements: questionnaires, material submissions, and electronic signature documents.

This study abroad program also requires completion of a secondary application specific to the program provider. Visit the program website to complete it.

Orientation

To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. Visit your study abroad homepage to complete this mandatory orientation. You must also attend any program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

UW Study Abroad Office also offers several optional orientations aimed at preparing you for your study abroad experience. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for any optional orientation sessions that pique your interest. 

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at disability.uw.edu.

Withdrawals

The UW Study Abroad Fee is non-refundable once the payment contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program may also be responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. Note that no part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun.

The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.