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  • Locations: Multiple Cities, Iceland; Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • Restrictions: Elon applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

Course Description

Iceland Embedded

GBL 281    Iceland: The Crucible of Fire and Ice: Nature, Culture, and Authenticity     4 S.H.

This GBL course explores the cultural identity and volatile landscape of the nation of Iceland. Students will prepare for several months for travel on a (9) day excursion to Iceland during Thanksgiving break 2017. There are no pre-requisites for this GBL 200 course. The course satisfies COR Expression and Society credit and should provide ELR credit (as explained below). In this course, students take a circumpolar perspective as a special window on the world to appreciate people’s value choices regarding sovereignty, environmental stewardship, and the meaning of political and cultural authenticity. Counts toward Expression (non-literature) requirement or Society, and one unit of experiential learning toward fulfillment of the Experiential Learning Requirement.

  • Grades count toward an Elon GPA.
  • Study abroad courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis.

Fall Course Information: GBL 281

Students are required to take the fall course associated with this embedded travel course. All students will automatically be registered for the fall course.

The fall course will take place on Mondays from 8:00-9:10 AM, location to be announced.


Activity Level: Moderate

Activity levels are rated to fit into one of four categories: easy going, moderate, challenging and demanding. This program is rated as moderate, which means you will spend much of the day exploring. Whether walking through historic neighborhoods at a moderate pace or out and about on a coach, your days will be full. You'll need to keep up with the group, including stairs and moderate movement.





Students are required to take the fall pre-departure course associated with this Winter Term course. All students will automatically be registered for the pre-departure course but must register themselves for the Winter Term course during pre-registration for Winter Term.

Cancellation Policy


To cancel your participation in a program, complete the Winter Term Withdrawal questionnaire in your application.


  • Reykjavik
    • Hallgrímskirkja Church
    • The National Museum of Iceland
    • Viking dinner
  • Day Trips
    • Golden Circle Glacier
    • Eyjafjallajökull Glacier
    • Volcano Tour
    • Geothermal Plant/Hot Springs

Note: Itinerary is subject to change due to availability of local facilities and scheduling issues.


Students will be housed in shared hotel accommodations in Reykjavik.


About the Location 

An island nation straddling the North American and Eurasian plates, Iceland is renowned for its natural beauty. About the size of the state of Kentucky and home to only 317,000 residents, Iceland boasts a rich and varied geography, from active volcanoes to the largest glaciers in Europe. The majority of Icelanders trace their roots back to Norse and Celtic settlers who arrived from Europe some 1,200 years ago and the Icelandic language is at the core of national pride. Iceland is a world leader in renewable energy and is a popular destination for ecotourism. 



Costs for semester-embedded global study vary program to program and are in addition to the tuition for fall semester

Basic cost information is available on the Cost and Credit Chart.

Detailed cost information is available on the budget sheet (link at top of page).


Scholarships/Travel Grants

Students seeking need-based financial support are encouraged to apply for the GEC Access Scholarship.

For additional information on scholarships or other funding for study abroad, see the Financial Planning for Global Study page.

If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your study abroad program. Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.

Connect with us

Drop by the GEC in Global Commons 360 for Quick Questions, no appointment necessary:
Wednesdays 2-4 PM
Thursdays 9-11 AM

Read blog posts from students on this program in years past and access blogs for Faculty-led programs on the Study Abroad Blog.

Global Ambassadors are GEC student representatives that have participated in one or more study abroad programs and have been trained to speak about their experiences. You can be in touch with current Global Ambassadors via email. They are looking forward to hearing from you!

Want to know more? Connect with the GEC, alumni, and prospective students on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. And keep in touch with us using #ElonGlobal!


Program Leader 1: Martin Fowler
Department of Philosophy
CB 2340, Spence Pavilion 114

Isabella Cannon Global Education Center (GEC)
Global Commons 360
2375 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244
336.278.6700 (phone)
336.278.6692 (fax)


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Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.