Course Description: ITEC 304 Energy Resources, Sustainability and the Environment is a non-technical course for all students interested in the societal challenges of energy sustainability, alternative forms of energy, energy conservation, and the effects of energy use on the environment.

Why Iceland?
Iceland is the only country to generate all of its electrical power through alternative means. We will visit hydro and geothermal power plants, take a boat ride to a glacier that forms large icebergs as it recedes due to the climatic effects, hike pristine gorges, go on a whale watch north of the Arctic Circle, soak in geothermal pools and enjoy the scenic beauty of this sparsely populated and largely unspoiled natural paradise.

This course might be for you if:

  • You enjoy learning about energy resources and how we can help to conserve them
  • You care about the long-term sustainability of planet earth
  • You enjoy the outdoors
  • You enjoy moderate daily physical activity


  • Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 8:15pm in Osburn Hall Room 208
  • Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 6:15pm in Osburn Hall Room 208

Program Offerings

Students earn 3 credits for this course which can be used to fulfill the Perspectives requirement at Millersville University. This course can be used as a free elective, or a major elective if approved in consultation with your academic advisor.


The anticipated costs for this course are approximately $2000 beyond the cost of tuition for a 3 credit undergraduate course at Millersville University during Summer Session I in 2014.

These costs include:

  • Round-trip Airfare
  • 7 night accommodations in hostels and guest-houses
  • Ground transportation in Iceland
  • Paid Excursions
    • Glacier Tour
    • Folk-life museum
    • Hot springs
    • Whale watch
  • Free Excursions
    • Visit to geothermal & hydroelectric power plants
    • Daily hikes
    • Vists to waterfalls, lava fields & nature parks
    • Some museums
  • Food estimate at $40/day

These costs do not include:

* If you do not have a passport, you must apply for one immediately. Keep in mind that it takes 4-6 weeks to receive a passport.

Financial Aid

Study Abroad requires a student to plan for both academic costs/fees and personal expenses. It is important to keep in mind the cost of living and currency exchange rates compared to costs associated with living in Millersville (for example, living in a large city will be more expensive than living in Millersville, however in other areas of the world, the cost of living may be less.)

Federal/State Financial Aid: If you qualify for federal and/or PA state financial aid, you may apply it to your accredited study abroad program. For aid specific to summer aid: most students are required to be registered for a minimum of 6 credits in order to be eligible for financial aid. Any aid received during the summer will be deducted from the amount of aid available to you for the following academic year. (Summer classes Financial Aid questions)

The Office of Global Education prepares cost worksheets for all of the official MU study abroad programs to submit to the Financial Aid Office. As part of the Pre-Departure Paperwork process, students must indicate on their paperwork whether or not they wish to use summer financial aid. If they choose to use financial aid for this course abroad, the Office of Global Education will submit a cost worksheet to the Financial Aid Office on their behalf. These worksheets take into account all academic costs to study abroad (including additional tuition, living expenses, passport fees, airfare, etc.) and are used to re-evaluate students' financial aid packages. Costs associated with any additional travel outside of what is required by the program will not be included in the financial aid cost worksheet.

Students should contact the Financial Aid Office to discuss their specific financial aid package.


We will meet for a 3-hour session on May 12th and the online portion of this course will be held up until the departure date of May 25th. The field component of the trip will take place from approximately May 25th-June 1st.


Students will stay in co-ed style hostels while traveling throughout Iceland.


All students must enroll for the 3 credit course ITEC 304 Energy Resources, Sustainability and Conservation.

Prerequisites:  Communication 100, English 110, Math 100 or higher and Junior Class standing.

Enrollment is limited to 15 participants including Millersville University students at all levels, transfer students and non-degree seeking students.

Transfer of Credit

ITEC 304 will be equivalent to a 3 credit course. This program also fulfills Millersville University's Perspectives requirement.

To Apply

Students must send a $200 non-refundable fee with the application form, which is due on February 1, 2014.  All checks must be payable to Millersville University and sent directly to the Department of Applied Engineering, Safety & Technology, ATTN: Len S. Litowitz, PO Box 1002, Millersville University, Millersville, PA 17551.

*Note: All deposits will be refunded in the event that the course does not run.

For specific questions about the course contact Dr. Len S. Litowitz at (717) 872-3883 or via e-mail at