Iceland: Geology in the Land of Fire & Ice

*Please note:  The next time this program will run is Spring/Summer 2023. Details below are subject to change.

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

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2.0 GPA Required
English Language Requirement

Program Dates and Application Deadline

Spring/Summer 2022

Program Dates: July 14, 2022 - July 27, 2022
Application Deadline: August 26, 2021 (Closed)

Spring/Summer 2023

Estimated Program Dates: July 2023 - July 2023
Application Deadline: February 1, 2023

(2 weeks)



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.  Reflection required .



Cost and Scholarships


Program Fee: $3,450


  • Round-trip air fare
  • 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


Students may fund study abroad by using financial aid, scholarships, grants and personal funds. A study abroad adviser 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.

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:

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To contact the Financial Aid office, email 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. 

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Contact Information

Spring/Summer 2022
Stephen Mattox
Program Director
Spring/Summer 2023
Stephen Mattox
Program Director

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