Iceland is one of the best places in the world to see natural untouched beauty! From glaciers, waterfalls, volcanoes and the sea, you will want to see it all - and you can!
Reykjavik is a lively town with fantastic music and art. It's also home to some of the best environmental research in the world. From the geological conditions, diverse biological and ecological environments, their investments in renewable energies, it is one of the best locations to research in the world!
Grace goes to Smith College and joined one of our Biology research projects at the University of Iceland!
What type of program did you experience?
I was involved in research focused on exploring if there are phenotypic and genetic differences significant enough between common whelks from Iceland and those from Canada to declare them separate species. I primarily focused on data processing and analysis while in Iceland and learned R studio on the job. In addition to analysis, I was involved in lab work and learned how to run PCRs, perform gel electrophoresis, and DNA extractions. I also got to dissect a few whelks which was really cool!
How was your coordinator Jon?
Jon was fantastic. He was so welcoming and did his absolute best to make sure that things were going great for us. Jon was a lot of fun on the excursions that we went on and explained a good amount about the areas that we traveled to. He was always reachable and made time for us to get to know him!
Would you recommend the program?
I would! If you are looking for a guaranteed placement with housing and the opportunity to make connections with professors as well as other students this is a great way to go!
Our programs are inclusive and include the following:
Personal Advisor, Visa and Passport Guidance, Resume and Cover Letter Assistance,Pre-Departure Orientation, Research Placement, Airport Pickup, Onsite Orientation, Housing, Excursions, Onsite Coordinator, Insurance, Social Activities, Alumni Association and more!
Look below for more details on the excursions and housing!