UF in Iceland – Thermodynamics and Renewable Energy

UF in Iceland – Thermodynamics and Renewable Energy

Spring Recess – May 1 – 9, 2021

UF in Iceland – Thermodynamics and Renewable Energy is an eight-day program that gives  undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to understand and appreciate first-hand the role that thermodynamics plays in enabling Iceland’s renewable energy infrastructure and the technologies and natural wonders that drive everything, from the volcanic heat to the electricity in your home and the Hydrogen powering fuel cell vehicles.


Iceland is a Nordic island country in the North Atlantic, with a population of 364,134 and an area of 103,000 km2 (40,000 sq mi), making it the most sparsely populated country in Europe. The capital and largest city is Reykjavík. Reykjavík and the surrounding areas in the southwest of the country are home to over two-thirds of the population.

Iceland performs well in many measures of well-being relative to most other countries in the Better Life Index. Iceland ranks at the top in jobs and earnings, environmental quality and social connections, and above the average in income and wealth, subjective well-being, health status, personal security, civic engagement, and education and skills. About 85% of the total primary energy supply in Iceland is derived from domestically produced renewable energy sources. 


  • Study thermodynamics, energy conversion, power plants and renewable energy use
  • Learn the role of renewable energy in the development of industries in Iceland 
  • Visit local universities to learn about higher education and research in Iceland
  • Foster professional international connections through industry visits
  • Develop awareness of Icelandic culture and how it relates to their concept of energy generation and usage
  • Experience Icelandic culture and cultivate intercultural competency
    Þingvellir National Park

Course Information

Faculty leader: Dr. Jonathan Scheffe

  • EML 4905/EGN 6932: Thermodynamics and Renewable Energy in Iceland

Total Number of Credits Offered: 1 UF Credits

Social and Cultural Activities

  • Reykjavik cty tour
    Gullfoss Falls
  • Blue Lagoon
  • Laugardalur Valley (Hot Spring Valley)
  • Þingvellir National Park
  • Hveragerdi
  • Geothermal Bakery



Blue Lagoon

You will be sharing a double-room together with another student from the program in a hotel. Daily breakfast will be provided. 

Program Dates

Spring Recess: May 1-9, 2021

Application deadline: Dec 1, 2020 (spaces may fill up before the deadline)


  • Must have taken or taking EML 3100 or equivalent thermodynamics class
  • Must have a 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Must be in good disciplinary standing
  • Instructor approval

Program Fee for 2021

  • Program Fee: $3,326 
  • UF deposit: $375
  • Includes housing, airport pickup, local transportation, insurance & students fees, academic course, excursions

Application Checklist:

  1. Complete the UF International Center application
  2. Submit the Academic Advising Form
  3. Pay the $375 non-refundable deposit

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