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  • Locations: Borgarnes, Iceland; Búðardal, Iceland; Estimated Travel Day to/from the US, -; Hella, Iceland; Hvanneyri, Iceland; Reykjavïk, Iceland; Vik, Iceland
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.75
Housing Option: Hotel/Hostel Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, Anthropology, Arts and Sciences, Atmospheric Sciences Program, City and Regional Planning, Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering, Comparative Studies, Earth Sciences, Economics, Engineering, Environment and Natural Resources, Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, Geography, Human Dimensions of Environment, International Studies, Political Science
Click here for a definition of this term Rank/Class Status: 1-First-year Student, 2-Second-year Student, 3-Third-year Student, 4-Fourth-year Student, 5-Graduate Student Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Faculty-Led
Click here for a definition of this term Summer Session: Summer Click here for a definition of this term Academic Credit: Environment and Natural Resources
Click here for a definition of this term Ohio State Program Contact: Kelly A. Newlon
Program Description:
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This program is scheduled to be offered again June 2020Iceland tab 1

The primary objective of this study abroad program is to expose students to a country with unique and diverse environmental advantages as well as problems. A second objective is for students to examine how another society deals with environmental issues similar to those found in the United States.

This program will allow students to see such dichotomies firsthand. The numerous environmental issues found throughout the island provide a wonderful outdoor classroom for students to study and observe issues such as land degradation (deforestation, soil erosion, and desertification) and the threats of poor resource protection, as well as the possibilities of environmental restoration and the benefits of resource conservation.

In addition to learning about environmental issues, students will learn about industries such as fishing and whaling, and Icelandic tourism and park management will be studied on field trips to national parks with unusual features such as geysers, glaciers and hot springs. Activities such as hiking and swimming will provide time for relaxation between the planned educational activities.


Iceland is a country of striking natural beauty located in the North Atlantic Ocean with a population of approximately 320,000. Iceland's ecosystems are influenced by volcanic eruptions, and volcanic ash deposits are widespread. The island is predominantly mountainous with lowland areas along the coastline and river plains. The Icelandic language spoken today has remained largely unchanged for a thousand years.


Students and resident directors will stay in hotels, hostels and residence halls.  Some of the accommodations are quite remote to access glaciers and do not have WiFi.

Resident Directors

Dr. Brian Slater
Environmental and Natural Resources

Susan Burks
Environmental and Natural Resources

Ohio State Program Contact

Kelly Newlon
Director, CFAES Center for Education Abroad
Program Specialist, Office of International Affairs

Amanda McCann
Advisor, ENR Education Abroad & Scholars



Courses and Credit Iceland tab 2

Admitted participants are required to register in 3 hours of Environmental and Natural Resources 5797.06 for summer session.

There is a required second term spring semester pre-departure class that is one credit hour of Environmental and Natural Resources 5790.06. Meeting date and time is Wednesdays, 5:30pm - 7:15pm in 245 Kottman Hall (starting on 2nd term).



Application Requirement Iceland tab 3

In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must have a 2.5 GPA, take part in a group interview, and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline.



Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about apply for a passport, go to



Program Costs Iceland tab 4

Please refer to the 2017 budget sheet for estimated costs. The costs for the 2019 program are not available now. Please note that the 2019 costs will differ based on the changes to the program itinerary, fluctuations in exchange rates, and other variables.

Students are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $TBD program fee. The program fee includes international airfare, in country transportation for all required tours and lectures, accommodations and all meals except one. It does not cover the student's passport expenses, baggage fees (if applicable) or one meal during your free time in Reykjavik.

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time eleven days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.


Student should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarship deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.




Information Sessions Iceland tab 5

None scheduled.


U.S. Department of State: (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: (pre-travel health guidance)

Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.


Technical Standard: This program itinerary also includes several rigorous hikes with uneven surfaces and steep inclines. 

The Office of International Affairs works with the Office of Disability Services to establish reasonable accommodations.  If you have not registered with them, they can be reached through Disability Services website. Questions about the program requirements can be addressed to the Office of International Affairs and the resident directors for the program.

From this program, I the most valuable thing I gained was a better understanding of myself, my home country, and the world around me.
     — Summer, 2017 Participant
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Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.