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The Southern Connecticut State University Department of Geography presents:
The 2017 International Field Study in




Iceland Application (PDF)
(Please return filled out application to Mr. Michael Schindel in EN A-220)

The 2017 Summer program in Iceland aims to engage students in a field-based exploration of the interrelationships between the economy and the environment.  Iceland, a world leader  in innovative environmental policies and energy production,provides a uniquely suitable setting for such an endeavor.

While abroad ,student will be lodged at Skalanes ,a 1,250- hectare nature preserve and heritage site on lceland's easternmost cost.This field experience will focuses on student centered, active learning experience and will engages students in a number of field activities. The trip concludes with a stay in Reykjavik--Iceland's capitol city-- where students will visit a variety of museums and take part in a range of  Icelandic events and activities.

Through this field experience and related individual group projects students will gain a detailed knowledge of the social and environmental factors which continue to influence the development of Icelandic society, and will learn how to apply this knowledge to critically assess nature-society in other contexts. Students will gain valuable experience in research project design and implementation as well as improve their writing skills through a number of writing workshops.


Students will enroll in the following 2 courses which are both electives in the GEOGRAPHY major/minor.  One of the courses will be offered as a W course which will allow students to fulfill a W requirement linked to an international field experience.

There are no prerequisites for these courses, however Southern students must have completed ENGL 112 to be allowed to sign up for a W course.   Students must be 18 years or older and should have student records free of disciplinary problems.  Students must have a valid passport and sign a release of liability, health report, and insurance.

GEO 305 Environmental Economic Geography

3 credits
Theory & applications of economic geography to  environmental issues. This course outlines four core themes, which all contribute to the understanding of sustainable economic geographies and the roots and compass of an environmental economic geography.  The four themes are ecological modernization, natural  resources, institutions & environmental governance and globalization and sustainability.

GEO 470 Field Techniques

3 credits
This course involves field study in either the Southern  Connecticut region area or outside the United States.  Areas are visited and mapped, and techniques of field research are studied with the physical and human  aspects of the environment.


- Valid passport
- A release of liability, health report, and insurance
- Students should have students records free of disciplinary problems.

General Information

All Southern Connecticut State University undergraduate geography & environmental science/studies majors are encouraged to take these two courses.  These courses will also be very relevant to students with environmental and economic backgrounds from other majors either at SCSU or from its sisters institutions. SCSU is the only university in the state of Connecticut to offer a course like this one.

Program Fees: TBD

A non-refundable deposit of $750 made out to 'SCSU-Program in Iceland' is due upon submitting an application.  This guarantees your airfare and reserves your room. A second payment of $ 1,075 is due on March 22, 2017. The remainder of the balance $ 1,075 is due no later than May 1, 2017.

Program Fee Includes:
• Airfare, room & board in several location in Iceland, 3 nights in Reykjavik, transportation to/from the airport and within Iceland, field school in Iceland, 3 group meals, and entrance to cultural activities sponsored by the program

Program Fee Does Not Include:
SCSU tuition and summer registration fee, personal expenses, touring, books, laundry, snacks, medical and living expenses, or any additional expenses that alter the itinerary or arrangements

Please Note:
The program fee does not include the cost of OnCall insurance—a stand-alone insurance policy that provides coverage for evacuation and repatriation, required for all students studying abroad. Any student who has not purchased the SCSU (Aetna) student health plan, which includes OnCall coverage, is required to purchase the OnCall stand-alone policy for $36.00 prior to travel. For information on purchasing OnCall, contact the Office of International Education at 203-392-7257.

*The deposit will be returned to the student if his/her application is not accepted by the Program Director.
For information regarding financial aid, please contact the Office of Financial Aid (203) 392-5222,

Tuition is not included in the program fees. Each student must register for 6 credits at SCSU.

Fees are based upon historical program costs and  current rates of exchange. Extreme fluctuation in exchange rates or boarding costs in Iceland may result in additional fees being charged. The University reserves the right to change the  itinerary of proposed trips if needed to control the cost of the overall trip.  In the event that additional fees exceed the present costs by more than 20%, the student may choose to drop the course and will receive a refund of all funds recoverable by the university. Fees will be frozen on May 14, 2017 and after May 1, there will be no refunds.

The program accepts no responsibility for personal property, which must be insured separately if so desired, and reserves the right to make changes required by circumstances.

Office of international Education Cancellation Policy

Currently, all courses abroad for the academic year are expected to operate. Southern Connecticut State University's Office of International Education (SCSU-OIE) will monitor world events and make any change to this decision on an individual course basis any time between now and the departure dates.

If Southern Connecticut State University cancels an off-campus course, students will be refunded their deposits and all monies the university is able to recover from program providers. The SCSU-OIE office will aggressively negotiate with providers for the refunds.

If a student withdraws from an off-campus course at any time between now and the departure date, the student will forfeit his/her deposit but will be refunded all other recoverable amounts. In the event the price of the trip rises more than 20%, the student may withdraw and receive both recoverable funds and deposit.

Students who must cancel their participation in a course abroad program must do so in writing to Dr. Erin Heidkamp, Director of the Office of International Education.

The Office of International Education will work to delay payment to providers on costs for course abroad programs as long as possible and request clearly-stated refund policies from all providers for all programs prior to payments. Students who wish to purchase cancellation insurance should contact their insurance provider.

If Southern Connecticut State University cancels an off-campus course, the staff of SCSU-OIE will work with individual course abroad faculty members in adapting their course, when possible, for the Southern Connecticut State University campus. This is understood to be an emergency procedure in place as a result of unusual or unforeseen world events. If an off-campus course cannot be adapted to the on-campus

setting, the faculty member will work to develop an alternative on-campus course for the students enrolled. If this is possible, efforts will be made to enroll students in existing on-campus courses.

 For more information contact:

Dr. C. Patrick Heidkamp
Department of Geography
Morill Hall 118 B