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Focus: Renewable Energy Innovation & Sustainability

Learn Now, Travel Later (LNTL)

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Course Information

University: Reykjavik University – Iceland School of Energy
Course: Renewable Energy Innovation & Sustainability
Credit: 1.5 Credits (Graduate) *Undergrads are eligible
Duration: Learn Now: 3 weeks, Online & Self-Paced;
Travel Later: 8 days

Learn from Iceland’s industry experts, gain unparalleled access to the country’s renewable energy facilities, and expand your comfort zone. 

Reykjavik University is ranked in 301-350th place in the Times Higher Education World University Ranking, making RU the highest ranked university in Iceland. For the third consecutive year, RU ranks highest of all universities for scientific citations, which is an estimate of universities’ research influence. 

Join The GREEN Program’s “Learn Now, Travel Later” hybrid program in Iceland! Discover the successes and challenges of a country that sources nearly 100% of its energy from renewable energy while adventuring through Iceland’s natural wonders. Complete the course content online, then travel and experience the “Land of Fire and Ice”!


  • Complete the course over three weeks, at your own pace
  • Gain exclusive access and private tours into Iceland’s renewable energy industries
  • Hike and explore Iceland’s highlands, off the beaten path
Course Description

The GREEN Program is a 50-hour intensive, 3 ECTS (1.5 credit-hour) experiential education program held in partnership between The GREEN Program (TGP) and Iceland School of Energy (ISE) at Reykjavík University. In this Distance Learning Edition of our Course Syllabus, Reykjavik University faculty and industry experts will provide online learning material for registered students via our Canvas portal. A modularized Lecture Series is presented on the topics of sustainable entrepreneurship and policy, geology, geothermal energy, hydroelectric power, and electric power systems. Each module will contain a lecture, two readings, and a short quiz based on both the lecture and the readings.

In conjunction with the Lecture Series, students are required to write a short, 3-page report detailing their proposal for an innovative, sustainability-focused solution to a modern energy problem. This idea may be used for TGP’s Capstone Project that will be conducted during the on-site portion of the program. Students must consider the financial, engineering and social impact aspects of their innovative idea and detail these aspects in their report.

Objectives and Outcomes

The objective of this course is to develop an understanding of various renewable energy technologies, its challenges and innovations in Iceland, and how it relates to global perspectives in the industry. See below for course outcomes.

Schedule and Office Hours

Students are expected to complete the Lecture Series at their own pace, within three weeks of the start date of their GREEN program. The start date for their respective programs will be announced by their GREEN coordinator.

Open office hours will be available via Zoom on Wednesdays from 14:00 UTC until 16:00 UTC during the three-week period, except during Winter Holidays. The Zoom link and login information will be listed under the Syllabus in The GREEN Program course, ISE 01, on the Canvas learning management system.

Learn Now, Travel Later

Location: Online Classes + Travel to Iceland
University: Reykjavik University – Iceland School of Energy
Focus: Renewable Energy Innovation & Sustainability

Learn Now Enrollment Dates:

March 6-26, 2023 *Limited Spots

Travel Later Dates:

June 11-18, 2023

Academic credits: 1.5 Credits (Graduate) *Open to undergrads too
Length: Learn Now, 3 weeks (Self-Paced, Asynchronous); Travel: 8 Days

Program Fee:
Single Pay: $4,200
Payment Plan: $900/month for 5 months 

Learn Now: Curriculum Highlights

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Iceland, the land of clean energy

Examine how Iceland’s natural history has shaped the widespread utilization of renewables and successfully transformed its energy sector to an unprecedented degree.

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Basics of hydropower

Gain an overview of hydropower, its design challenges, and environmental impact. Analyze the global capacity and future predictions of the technical potential of undeveloped resources.

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Geothermal energy – part I & II

Discover the origin of geothermal energy, exploration techniques, utilization, use of geothermal energy, and economic aspects of geothermal energy.

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Energy policy & entrepreneurship

Learn about what’s driving energy policymaking by focusing on the “why” from a political, economic and planning perspective.

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Electric power systems

Explore the history of power
systems with principles and concepts of reliability and resilience in the context of increased renewable generation.

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Weekly office hours

Gain direct access to global faculty members along the way at the weekly office hours that will be hosted via Zoom.

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Course Outcomes

Travel Later: On-Site Experience in Iceland

Bring your classroom to life and experience #onlyonthegreenprogram moments.
Participants can select which travel date works best for them.

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Learn by doing

Get up close and personal with impacts of climate change on a glacier walk. Learn about the basics of glaciology and the repercussions if we lose our planet’s largest source of fresh water. 99% of TGP alumni say that their TGP experience has refined their sense of purpose: professionally, academically, and personally.

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Discover unparalleled access

Bring your classes to life and gain unparalleled access into Iceland’s leading hydroelectric, and geothermal facilities. Meet the industry professionals who are leading the way with renewable energy innovations. It’s the opportunity to gain professional practice, demonstrate leadership to challenge existing norms, and decision making.

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Expand your comfort zone

Develop creative leadership, teamwork, self-awareness, and personal growth while expanding your comfort-zone. Unique adventure excursions in Iceland may include hiking, exploring geothermal hotsprings, camping, waterfall explorations, and more.

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Gain skill sets for the 21st century workforce

The Capstone Project is the ultimate opportunity to apply your knowledge and design-thinking skill sets to solve real-world challenges in sustainable development. Work with diverse and interdisciplinary cohorts to turn your passion into progress. Develop an understanding of sustainability concepts, methodologies, and real-world challenges to apply a systems thinking lens to viewing the SDGs. You’ll have the opportunity to challenge the status quo in your capstone project, discover feasibility, and approach problem solving with a creative and innovative mindset for positive social change.

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Secure with confidence

Secure your spot with confidence knowing that if your program is affected by COVID-19 travel restrictions, we offer flexible terms for you to switch your program or receive a full-credit towards a future program.


Sample Itinerary

*Note: This is a sample itinerary. Itineraries are subject to change.
Participants should be prepared to hike several miles through various terrains and weather conditions (i.e. snow).

Expand your global learning experience. 
Start your sustainability adventure today.

What our alumni are saying about their TGP experience

What’s included?

We take care of everything from when you land in Iceland until departure.
Gain exclusive access to TGP alumni network and benefits when you return home.

  • Education Materials: Prepare before you travel with your pre-program resources and educational materials
  • Classes: Lectures from industry leaders and faculty from Reykjavik University – Iceland School of Energy
  • Credit: 3 ECTS or 1.5 US academic credits from Reykjavik University’s School of Science and Engineering
  • Advancement: Automatic advancement in Iceland School of Energy at Reykjavik University’s Master’s Program application process
  • Facility Tours: Exclusive access and private tours to world leading hydroelectric and geothermal facilities
  • Capstone Project: Innovation facilitation and panel assessment
  • Adventure excursions: Step out of your comfort-zone and experience glacier walks, hiking, and more!
  • All meals: We support local restaurants and accommodate most dietary preferences/restrictions
  • Accommodations and lodging: Your home away from home will be at locally owned lodging sites throughout your program
  • All in-country transportation: From airport pick up to airport drop-off, and everything in-between, we got you covered
  • Exclusive membership: Join the TGP Alumni Network for sustainability job postings, travel, networking, and mentorship

What’s not included: Flights, travel insurance, and passport/visa fees

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Get started now
Now accepting applications from university students and professionals who are the next generation of sustainability leaders.

What’s included: Classes, academic credit, facility access, all meals, accommodations, in-country transportation, adventure excursions, private guides, 24-7 on-program support, capstone project facilitation,  planning and logistics management, and access to TGP’s alumni network and benefits post-program

What’s not included: Flights, travel insurance, and passport/visa fees

Have questions? See our FAQ page.
Or contact [email protected]

Single Pay

One-time payment of $4200

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Save money by paying up front


No need to worry about payment reminders


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Monthly Pay

5 monthly payments of  $900/month


Pay over time with five smaller payments


No credit check & no forms to fill out


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Enroll in two or more TGP programs and save up to $500.

Are you ready to go GREEN?

Your first step is to complete and submit an application. Upon acceptance, a TGP member will reach out to you with your next steps for enrollment. We look forward to traveling with you soon! (Please note that spots fill on a first-come, first-serve basis.)

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