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  • Locations: Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0 Class Eligibility: Graduate, Junior, Pre-Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Type of Program: Intensive Course Abroad Program Advisor: Ahaji Schreffler
Program Description:
Program Overview | Academics | Program Calendar | Program Fee | More Information

Drexel Winter Break in Iceland: Green Energy Intensive

GREEN Iceland

Program Overview

This intensive course in Iceland focuses on energy plants and their impact on the environment. This course is a 50+ hour intensive program held in partnership with The GREEN Program and Reykjavik University's Iceland School of Energy and students from all majors are encouraged to participate. During the course students will take classes taught by faculty on topics related to sustainability, hydro power, geology, bio-fuels, and geothermal energy. The course emphasizes hands on learning and also includes renewable energy facility visits to a hydro power plant, a geothermal power plant, a wind farm and a bio-fuel location. Students will visit various energy facilities to examine their operation and better understand how these facilities impact the environment and serve society. Before each power plant visit, students will attend a lecture at Reykjavik University on power production and its role in fueling economies and its potential impacts on the environment. During the course, students also form interdisciplinary groups and develop a final Capstone Project on a specific renewable energy problem and solution which they present for evaluation at the end of the course.


Students first participate in the Intensive Iceland Course Abroad and, after completion, will continue the course on Drexel's campus during winter term. Students will then synthesize their knowledge from Iceland into models that describe potential scenarios for energy development, and how energy extraction impacts the environment and society.

Program Partner
This program is offered in partnership with The GREEN Program. While GREEN offers other program locations, Iceland is the only Drexel sponsored option.

Students will be registered for ENVS I399: Iceland Intensive: Green Energy, 1 credit (for Credit/No Credit) as part of their winter term course load. Students must leave space for the 1 credit in their winter term credit load or will have to pay for exceeding the 20 credit maximum. The 1 credit for Iceland is not optional. 

Students are encouraged to also take the corresponding online course ENVS 304: Energy and Environment: Iceland, 3 credits (standard letter grade) during winter term.

This program is open to all on-campus students. There are no pre-requisites.


Program CalendarGREEN Iceland3

Arrival Date: December 12, 2018
Departure Date: December 19, 2018
*Students may extend their travel independently before or after program dates.

Tentative On-site Itinerary

Day 1 

 Capstone Project Launch
 Intro to Energy class
 A systems approach to economics class
 Visit the Reykjanes Peninsula

Day 2 

 Hydroelectric and Geothermal Class
 Reykjavik University energy efficiency tour
 Lava caving excursion; Capstone project development
 Tour hydroelectric and geothermal plants

Day 3 

 Energy economics class
 Capstone development
 Community service project;
 Energy and the environment class
Hot spring river hike and expedition

Day 4 

 Super Jeep excursion to Highlands + Golden Circle Tour
 Gullfoss and Geysir visits
 Winter wilderness camping & Northern Lights

Day 5 

 Super jeep tours to examine highland ecosystems
 Capstone development
 Visit Iceland’s Golden Circle
 Visit hydroelectric plant and windpower experiment

Day 6 

 Biofuels class at base of famous Eyjafjallajokull volcano
 Visit hydroelectric power plant at a local farm
 Biofuel tour
 Glacier Hike

Day 7 

 Finalizing Capstone Projects
 Final presentation capstone projects at Reykjavik University

Day 8 

 Iceland Farewell and final packing + Airport departures

Program Fee - $3,900* for December 2018GREEN Iceland4

Due September 30, 2018 - $900 Advance Payment +$25 application fee
Due November 1, 2018 - $3,000 Final Payment
*The GREEN Program will offer a group discount of $100 - $300 per person for 10 - 16 accepted Drexel  participants. This discount will be applied as a refund from the Final Payment.

All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.

Included in Program Fee:

  • 7 nights lodging
  • In-country transport to program sites
  • All program visits and activities
  • Meals
  • On Call emergency assistance insurance

Not Included in Program Fee (approx $1000):

  • Round trip airfare
  • Spending money
  • Passport
  • Visa (if applicable) - not required for US citizens.
  • Graduate students will be billed the normal per-credit rate for this course. 

More Information

  • Students will be required to attend a group pre-departure orientation.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2019 09/30/2018
10/12/2018 12/12/2018 12/19/2018
NOTE: This program departs during finals week. Students should contact their fall term professors immediately upon acceptance to the program, in order to request early final exam arrangements.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.