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Program Description:

SIT Study Abroad Iceland: Climate Change and the Arctic

NOTE: SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, like COVID-19, SIT may have to modify programs. Visit the SIT website for more details.

Study climate models, carbon management, and the impact of climate change on Arctic ecosystems and societies and learn about practical adaptations to climate change amidst Iceland’s and Finland’s unique landscapes.

Program Highlights

  • 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.
  • Spend 10 days in Finland, where you’ll meet climate change experts.
  • Conduct fieldwork that introduces you to scientific methods and data collection and complete an original research project that has real-world applications.
  • Get insider access to experts who work directly with monitoring, predicting, and planning for impacts of a changing climate.

Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.

Independent Study

During the final four weeks of the program, you can choose to use the academic knowledge you have acquired to complete an Independent Study Project (ISP) on a topic of interest to you. 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, you will track climate change effects and/or design a method for protecting Arctic climate. You will also build collaborative partnerships with local scientific and indigenous communities to encourage innovation.

Sample topics:

  • 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

 

Key Topics of Study

  • An overview of Arctic climate, landforms, and ecosystems and how humans interact with them
  • The impact 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
  • Scientific methods, data collection, and ethics of climate research

Money Matters

Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.  

SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following:

All educational costs, including educational excursions

  • All accommodations and meals for the full program duration
  • Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions
  • Health and accident insurance

Scholarships:

  • SIT awards nearly $1.6 million in scholarships and grants annually.
  • All scholarships and grants are need-based.
  • Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.  
  • The SIT Pell Grant Match provides matching grants to all students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding when it is applied to an SIT Study Abroad semester program. 
  • Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.

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Pace's Partner Program Application Process:
Partner Programs Application Process. March 2021 (002).docx

Pace's Application Deadlines:
Fall Semester: March 15
Spring Semester: September 1!! EARLY APPLICATION DEADLINE for SIT's Iceland program!

PACE RESOURCES:
  • Pace Study Abroad FAQs: Review these Pace study abroad FAQs.
  • Academic FAQs: If you have more questions about academics related to study abroad, review these Pace FAQs.
  • Financial FAQs: If you have more questions about the cost of study abroad, financial aid, and scholarships, review these Pace FAQs.
    • Students are responsible for:
      • Pace tuition and Fees, including a $100 Study Abroad Fee, are billed to the student's Pace account. 
      • Room charges are the responsibility of the student and are paid directly to the host institution abroad.
      • Out-of-pocket expenses (airfare, meals, local transportation, etc.) are the responsibility of the student.
      • All federal and state financial aid apply during the semester abroad. Up to $12,500 of institutional financial aid (Pace scholarships/grants) applies to the semester abroad - note portability of Pace institutional aid is limited to two semesters.  Pace tuition remission does not apply.


ENSURE YOU ENROLL IN ENOUGH CREDITS DURING YOUR SEMESTER ABROAD!!
A minimum of 12 U.S. credits is required during a semester abroad.

PRE-APPROVED COURSES
This SIT program is a new program offered for Pace students, so there are no pre-approved courses since no students have participated on the program yet.

IMPORTANT!
Due to the uncertainties related to COVID-19 and travel abroad, please remember that you should NOT purchase flights for your program (or make any non-refundable deposits connected with travel/study abroad) until told to do so by the Education Abroad office.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2022 10/01/2021 10/15/2021 02/20/2022 06/01/2022