Program Overview

Iceland is a world leader in developing the use of renewable energy. While this is partly attributable to the country’s ample endowment of geothermal and hydroelectric resources, Icelanders have also made unique economic choices, valuing the social benefits of energy independence differently than much of the world.

The Renewable Energy, Technology, and Resource Economics program is divided into three components. In the capital, Reykjavik, you will meet with politicians, industry leaders, and social activists to develop your understanding of how Iceland’s energy policy fits into the larger national agenda. In Akureyri, you will study at the School for Renewable Energy Science, a new center associated with the University of Akureyri. There, Icelandic energy specialists, engineers, and geologists teach courses. You will also visit significant geological and energy sites in northern Iceland.

Coursework in the Icelandic language will help you develop a deeper appreciation of the culture.

For further information about the program, including dates and course information, please visit: SIT: Renewable Energy, Technology, and Resource Economics (Summer)

Additional requirements

  • Previous college-level coursework or other significant preparation in engineering, geology, environmental studies, or related fields, as assessed by SIT.

Application process

If you are interested in applying to the Renewable Energy, Technology, and Resource Economics program, we strongly advise you to meet with an advisor prior to applying.

SIT Study Abroad has rolling admission, which means that applications are reviewed on a rolling basis between the opening and closing dates of the review process. Applications must be complete to be reviewed for admission. Since many programs fill long before the published closing dates, you are strongly advised to apply by the above priority deadline.

Qualified applicants are recommended by a GEO Study Abroad Program Advisor. The final selection of participants is made by SIT. The SIT admissions committee strives to select students who will be the best possible match for the program. You should submit strong academic references and demonstrate a consistent academic record, clear motivation to study abroad, solid reasoning for their program choice, and an understanding of the program model.

IMPORTANT: Application for a SIT program involves two parts. Both parts of the application are due by the GEO application deadline.

  • Completion of the GEO application process.
  • Completion of the SIT application process.

Please note that the GEO deadline supersedes the SIT deadline. An application fee is due at the time of application and is non-refundable under any circumstances.

Dates and Deadlines

To confirm the exact program dates, please consult SIT.
TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Summer20173/1/2017Mid-JuneEarly August

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.