University of Delaware Institute for Global Studies
Summer 2021: Iceland & Azores GEOL/MAST micro

Program Dates June 07, 2021 - June 26, 2021 (dates are tentative)

Program Overview Please note that First Semester Freshmen are eligible for participation and encouraged to apply to this program.

The University will continue to monitor the ongoing situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus) as we approach the departure date for this program. Please reach out to your program coordinator or faculty director with questions and continue to monitor the UD coronavirus webpage for updates.

Study the oceanography and geology of Iceland and the Azores - lands of Ice and Fire, geographically unique and captivating landscapes with a rich maritime history. This course is an introduction to the coastal features and processes of Iceland and the Azores. We will use field excursions and hands-on exercises to explore the shorelines, volcanoes, glacial plains, lagoons, caves, spits, dunes, and beaches of Iceland and the Azores with an emphasis on tectonic, oceanographic, erosional, and depositional processes. We will examine the shape, classification, geologic history, and anthropogenic changes to Iceland and the Azores's coastal areas. This course helps fulfill field course requirements for undergraduate majors in marine science, earth science and environmental sciences.
Housing will be in hostel or hotel rooms with students in groups of 2-4. Program fee will include two meals a day (generally breakfast and lunch- likely packed lunches for fieldwork) and excursion travel and admissions. There will be a welcome dinner in Iceland and Azores and a farewell dinner at the end of the program.

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The Program Fee includes housing that includes some meals, all program-related events and excursions, and international medical insurance.

The Program Fee does NOT include airfare to/from Iceland, nor airport transfers within the U.S. The program officially begins when students arrive in Reykjavik, Iceland. Students will receive detailed travel instructions after acceptance, explaining how and where to purchase their plane ticket. See the Cost section below for estimate airfare.

ACCESSIBILITY: Students with disabilities are welcomed and encouraged to study abroad, but should be aware that accessibility and accommodation in some program locations may differ from the United States. Transit systems and legacy building construction practices may not meet U.S. accessibility standards, and alternative access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites cannot be guaranteed. Review these questions with the Office of Disability Support Services to determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.

Courses: Students must enroll in all credit-bearing courses for a grade. Only the UNIV (zero credit) course may be taken pass/fail. Audit registration is not permitted on UD Travel Study. Please refer to the University Catalog to verify requirements and prerequisites. All students must enroll in at least 3 credits, as well as the 0-credit UNIV course.
GEOL 434: Geology of Coasts (3 credits)
UNIV 370: Study Abroad - Iceland & Azores - micro (0 credits) pass/fail
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • Discovery Learning

Program Costs:

How much does it cost?.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Final Tuition based on current year$1,590.00$4,269.00
Estimated Program Fee$4,350.00$4,350.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$45.00$45.00
Total to be charged to UD account (estimated)$5,985.00$8,664.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$1,000.00$1,000.00

The rates above may not apply to you if you are a UD graduate student during the time you are studying abroad. Please refer to for the appropriate rates.

When and how do I pay?
If you are offered acceptance to the program, you will have 3 days to withdraw without financial penalty. After the 3 days have passed, you will be officially accepted to the program, and IGS will post the full Program Fee and Tuition/Fees to your UD student account.

*All students will receive an email when they are accepted to a program and will have 10 days from that notification to make their $1,000.00 Initial Payment.

Contact Information:
Art Trembanis
Faculty Director
Marine Studies
103B Robinson Hall

Submit Program Application by 5pm on February 20, 2021
Recommendation also due by 5pm on February 20, 2021
Acceptance and Scholarship Announced: March 02, 2021

Interest Meetings:
09/07/2020, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Zoom:
09/14/2020, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Zoom:

Program information is subject to change at any time. Please check this web site periodically for updates.