The GREEN Program

The GREEN Program

Why choose The GREEN Program?

The GREEN Program is an award-winning, experiential education program focused on our world’s most pressing issues in sustainable development. We provide 10-day, accredited programs in Iceland, Peru, Nepal and Japan. By using the world as our classroom, our model expertly balances sustainability-focused course work, exclusive industry exposure, and bucket-list adventures. We specialize in providing access to leading industry facilities, from Iceland’s largest Geothermal Facility to Fukushima’s Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Our programs provide hands-on, global experiences at the fraction of the time and cost of traditional study abroad. We challenge our cohorts to solve real-world sustainability challenges in the form of innovative business solutions. Beyond our program experience, we are one of the only program providers to offer leadership development and resume-boosting opportunities after students return home.

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One of the best experiences I’ve ever had

This program was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had! The whole process of applying and figuring out all the logistics of the trip was easy and smooth with the instructions the Green Program provided. On the trip, I got to try so many different foods and learn all about the culture of the country. We got to go to Machu Picchu, as well as ride ATV’s, go white water rafting, and take a cooking class to learn how to cook lomo saltado and ceviche! I met some amazing people on this trip as well that I’m grateful to have met!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Guinea pig!!
  • New food experiences
  • Adventure
  • Lots of education
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Such an incredible experience!!

This program opened my eyes to the world of renewable energy and inspired me to continue on to a career in the industry. TGP does an excellent job of providing students with both a fascinating academic experience and an unforgettable cultural experience. Not only do you learn from world-class professors at Reykjavik University, but you also get to camp in the highlands, swim in hot springs, and eat local Icelandic cuisine. I would recommend this program to anyone with any background who is looking to gain knowledge and experience in sustainable development.

  • Real-life experience in the renewable energy industry
  • See Icelandic culture through the eyes of the native people
  • Unforgettable trips across Iceland's beautiful landscape (camping, hiking, swimming in hot springs)
  • The cost is expensive, however, it is all inclusive and so worth it! (scholarships are available)
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Amazing experiences

This experience was so amazing and seriously a once and a lifetime opportunity. We got to go places and see things you could most definitely not do while traveling alone. You travel with a local Icelandic who brought us to some cool local places and taught us some of the vocabulary. All of the guesthouses we stayed at were hosted by lovely people and the food was delicious. You get to learn so much on this trip and go tour some of the green energy infrastructure that Iceland offers. I made so many friends on this trip and some unforgettable experiences.

  • Schedule is already made
  • Transportation and meals included
  • Incredible scenery
  • Pretty expensive
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TGP Iceland was the best week long learning experience!

The Green Program was truly an amazing experience. I have not only gained a better understanding of renewable energy and the topic of sustainability, but have met the most amazing people and learned about myself. From lectures at Reykjavik University to snowball fights on top of a mountain, you learn about nature and the world first hand in a country that is truly beautiful. Iceland has so much to offer and learning about their renewable energy gave me a deeper understanding that cannot be learned in just a classroom. The people on this trip have similar goals when it comes to sustainability, but you learn that everyone has a different background and you learn from them too. This was a once in a lifetime experience and I would not trade it for the world.

  • I felt safe and welcomed during the entirety of the program.
  • Got to learn about sustainability and renewable energy in a country that excels in that field.
  • We explored Iceland and went on many hikes to see everything the country has to offer.
  • A week is too short, I wish I had more time in Iceland.
  • It is a busy schedule you follow while on the program (I loved it but others might not)
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The Green Program - Iceland 2023

The experience I had in Iceland with The Green Program was absolutely amazing! This was my first time traveling out of the country by myself and I am so grateful for everything the program and the people gave me. Learning about renewable energy and actually getting a tour of the geothermal and hydropower plants was extremely interesting. I loved being able to reconnect with nature through the amazing hikes, glacier walks, camping, and swimming in geothermal hot springs. Iceland has given me a new passion and appreciation for the environment and how I want to make a difference in the future!

  • I got to meet so many new people from different universities and learned so much from the local Icelandic adventure guides.
  • I loved getting to reconnect with nature through hiking, swimming, and spending most of the time outdoors!
  • I got to try so many new unique things, such as walking on a glacier, swimming in a geothermal hot spring, and tour renewable energy plants.
  • Having random room assignments at the hostels would have been nice to switch up the rooming situations (groups were formed and stuck to those groups in each room).
  • The trip is a bit expensive, but definitely worth every penny! I believe that some universities offer scholarships, it would be nice if that was an option at my school.


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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Why did you choose this program?

I saw an opportunity to travel to Iceland and thought it would be a great idea. I had never been out of the country and had to deal with numerous friends ranting and raving about their own Study Abroad trips. I decided that if everyone’s doing it, why don’t I jump off the bridge with them and take my shot at Iceland? I had heard it was a gorgeous destination, and this was a once in a lifetime opportunity.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

My program provider (The GREEN Program) provided me with countless amounts of information – emails upon emails of testimonials, links to learn, packing advice, and many other things. The reps I was in contact with were amazing. They replied within five hours to an email I sent answering whatever questions I needed answered (which were a lot because this was my first Study Abroad experience). The only thing that was not provided in the program was the flight. Fortunately, they gave me the information I needed to contact Student Universe and book a flight at ease.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

This might not answer the question necessarily, but be yourself. Thinking back on my experience, I threw caution to the wind and did whatever my heart was telling me to do. You fall into the monotony of everyday studies and conform to a friend group without even realizing it (and this isn’t a bad thing! It is natural!)

Upon starting my first of 10 days in Iceland, I decided to buy and start a blog to document my trip. I had never written before but had always wanted to. To this day, I am still blogging because I enjoy writing, and it was all because I made this decision. Along with this, never try and impress someone or act differently on a trip of this duration. I was able to create over 20 really good friends who actually enjoy me for me because I stayed true to myself throughout the trip.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

The average day starts with a pretty good breakfast. After which, you jump on a bus and head 45 minutes to either the University or a power plant. After a little instruction and some knowledge bombs, you either eat a packed lunch you made at breakfast or head to a local food establishment and enjoy some Icelandic cuisine. After that, it’s some adventuring in the mountains, lakes, rivers, etc., and you truly get to experience the beauty that is the land of Fire and Ice. Wrap it up with some dinner and working on your capstone project, and hit the hay to get ready to do it all over again!

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

My biggest fear about traveling abroad was the fear of the unknown. Was I going to enjoy it? Was there going to be people there I would get along with? Was I going to get lost at the airport? (Also my Mom’s biggest fear). I think I finally got over all of these when the plane took off from Chicago. It was that feeling you get when you’re in mid-jump into a pool. The ‘welp, nothing I can do now except hold my breath’ feeling.

To be honest, it was the biggest relief. I immediately met some of the people from the program when I landed, and we hit it off instantly. The airport was very easy to navigate; by Day Two, I was angry at myself for ever questioning if I would enjoy my trip to freeking ICELAND!

How have you changed since your trip?

For starters, I was four years into an Electrical Engineering degree, and I was debating changing my major to Renewable Energy. I was so foreign to the concept coming into the program that I never saw a future with myself involved in it. So, I didn’t end up changing my major, but since returning, I have dived into books, speeches, Ted talks, and lectures on renewable energy and have also been accepted into a sustainability project in the city of Chicago. This experience has changed me forever and has changed the way I interact with people as well as with the world.

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