Geology in the Land of Fire & Ice
Spring/Summer Semester

Padnos International Center Flyer (PDF)

Known as the Land of Fire & Ice, Iceland is one of the most active volcanic regions on earth. Students will explore and gain field experience in the diverse geological landscape.

Program Highlights: 

  • Field trips to mountains, glaciers, coastlines, museums, Gullfoss waterfall and thermal pools
  • Gain geology fieldwork experience alongside Icelandic geologists

GEO 280:
 Special Topics in the Geological Sciences: Geology of Iceland (4 credits)

Fulfills General Education Global Perspectives course requirement AND Physical Sciences lab course requirement or a course within the Issues requirement. 

Dates and Deadlines


Estimated Program Dates: July 2022 - July 2022
Application Deadline: February 1, 2022

Costs (2021)

Program Fee: $3,450


  • Round-trip airfare
  • Accommodation
  • Field trips and fees
  • All ground transportation
  • Visa fees
  • Some meals

Other Expenses

  • GVSU tuition (4 credits = $2,336)
  • Additional meals ($270)
  • Passport ($150)

TOTAL PROJECTED COST (Program Fee + Other Expenses): $6,206


To contact the Financial Aid office, email [email protected] with “Study Abroad” in the Subject line. Include your G-number and Total Projected Cost of the program in the e-mail. 

Non-GVSU Students: Check with your home school’s study abroad and financial aid offices for details on applying for financial aid from your home school toward study abroad program costs. 

James F. and Virginia L. Goode Global Programs Scholarship: The purpose of the scholarship is to reduce the financial pressure on students and their families and make a Grand Valley education accessible to students from all backgrounds. This need-based scholarship will ensure that financial need does not become a barrier to intellectual and personal growth for students planning to study abroad. MyScholarships

Visit Study Abroad Scholarships for additional information on grants and scholarships.


Students may fund study abroad by using financial aid, scholarships, grants and personal funds. A study abroad advisor can help you create a funding plan.

FACULTY-LED PROGRAM GRANT  (Up to $1,500): All degree-seeking students who apply to their faculty-led program by the priority deadline are automatically considered for a grant of up to $1,500 from the Padnos International Center. Students must have a current FAFSA on file to be eligible. No application required.

Apply for this program via the GVSU Study Abroad Iceland: Geology in the Land of Fire & Ice program page.

Steve Mattox

Spring/Summer 2022
Stephen Mattox, Geology/Integrated Science
Program Director
[email protected]

Page last modified July 27, 2021