Loyola University Chicago

Study Abroad

Reykjavik, Iceland (ENVS 224)

Faculty-Led Summer Program

ENVS 224: Climate Change

Program Highlights

  • Learn about climate change and sustainability in Iceland and discover how the country is addressing the greatest challenge to mankind.
  • Experience Iceland’s natural beauty and amazing geological features, including hot springs, geothermal areas, glaciers, and volcanic beaches — all while living in an eco-village.
  • Transform your worldview about climate change and sustainability by visiting the front lines of the delicate balance between humans and our environment.

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Program Description

While in Iceland, course participants will experience life in Solheimar eco-village; meet local experts; visit museums, National Parks, geothermal power plants, and local businesses; and enjoy Iceland’s natural wonders including hot springs, geothermal areas, volcanic beaches, glacial lagoons, and glaciers. Finally, we will plant native tree species to ensure a carbon neutral trip and visit the most popular Icelandic attractions: Gulfoss waterfall and the Blue Lagoon hot springs.

Course Descriptions


ENVS 224: Climate Change 

Introduces students to basic principles and knowledge to explain climate change and climate variability in the context of a high latitude city and country such as Iceland. Students will learn about natural and anthropogenic causes of climate change, the interactions between earth-atmosphere-ocean systems, climate feedback mechanisms, and impacts of climate change on human activity. Students will become familiar with the concepts of airmass, convergence zones, high latitude ocean currents and variable total solar radiation through applications of short-term weather and climatic studies.



ENVS 224 Syllabus

ENVS 224: Climate Change

This course fulfills the following academic requirements: 

  • Tier 2 science core
  • Elective

Required Pre-requisites: ENVS 137, BIOL 101, or UCSF 137

Richard DiMaio
Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Housing & Meals

Students will live in the Solheimar Ecovillage


Tentative itinerary: 

  • TBA Mandatory Pre-departure Orientation
  • 7/2      Students Depart for Iceland
  • 7/20    Students Return to the U.S.
  • TBA     Mandatory Debrief and Final Assignments Online

Program Costs

Program Fee: $3,400


  • Most meals
  • Accommodation at Solheimar eco-village or local hostel
  • On-site transportation
  • CISI health insurance
  • On-site program support from local staff and Loyola faculty
  • All program academic excursions and activities

Tuition Fee: $2,310

  • Three credit hours of Loyola summer term tuition (graduate students must pay graduate tuition rate)

Total Cost: $5,710

Not Included:

  • Round-trip airfare, approximately $800
  • Personal spending money
  • Other meals

Application Process

Application Deadline: March 15, 2018

As part of the online application you must:

  1. Ensure you meet the eligibility requirements to study abroad
  2. Upload a copy of your valid passport or passport application receipt
  3. Pay by credit card a $100 non-refundable Office for International Programs (OIP) study abroad fee

For more information, contact the Office for International Programs at studyabroad@luc.edu or 773.508.3899; or Richard DiMaio at rdimaio@luc.edu or 773.508.8923.