The course will include a number of excursions and visits in different parts of Iceland, England and Wales to enhance the themes of the course such as industrial tour, science museum and exhibitions, national park, farms, and villages site visits. It includes technology, transportation, politics, and economy topics and the policies for each country. At the same time, the students will become familiar with the rich cultural, historical, environmental, and industrial sites of both countries.
Some of the highlights of the program are as following: Blue Lagoon, lava fields, geothermal greenhouse, geothermal power station, visit the divide of two tectonic plates, breath-taking waterfalls, geyser, glacier, Tower of London, the Beatles Walking Tour of Liverpool, a Welsh coal mine, and much more!
I would absolutely recommend this program to others, and would even go on it again myself. It was an amazing opportunity and a beautiful adventure. - Sydney, 2018
...[I]t was very unique seeing a lot of the natural environment in Iceland and then seeing a lot of urbanization in London. I thought the contrasting destinations of this trip encompassed the goals of the class very well. - Tianna, 2018
Ali Kashef, Professor
Campus Address: ITC 29
Fall 2019 Office Hours: Wednesdays 12 - 2 pm; email Dr. Kashef in advance in order to ensure availability or to schedule an appointment outside of office hours
“The internal reward I get when I see I have changed the students’ lives for the better is priceless.” - Ali Kashef
Ali has been leading study abroad programs for 20 years and has taken students to China, Hong Kong, England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Spain, Iceland, Japan, and Italy. Ali loves to explore the world and has visited more than 30 different countries. He believes that when students travel abroad, they develop certain skills that are difficult to teach in a regular campus environment in addition to having life-changing experiences.
CAP 3102/TECH 3102: Living in Our Techno-Social World (3 credit hours)
The purpose of the course is to explore how technology is socially, politically, and economically constructed by individual, cultural, and social forces; and how individuals, culture, and society are in turn affected by technology. More specific, we look at the symbiotic relationships between society and technology for the United States, England, Wales, and Iceland. This course will promote students to develop skills for the self-directed life-long learning. These skills are primarily analytical, but also include research, writing, and presentation. The goal is for students to learn how to link theory to practice, incorporating applied problem solving activities. To view the course syllabus, click HERE.
Participation in this program requires several class meetings throughout the spring semester, although the capstone course is scheduled as a summer course. The Study Abroad Center will direct enroll participants in the capstone course during the spring semester. Please contact the program's course leader for more information on coursework requirements.
- In order to receive Capstone credit, program participants must have completed 60 credits hours prior to the program s course start date (i.e. be of Junior standing). Students who participate in capstone programs without meeting the credit hour prerequisite will receive elective credit. In this instance, students should consult with their academic advisor(s) regarding how the elective credit fits into their specific plans of study.
- Students planning to participate in the spring commencement ceremony in May can enroll in this summer term program, however, their degree will not be conferred until the end of the summer term and is contingent on the successful completion of the program and all required coursework.
- Students attending colleges and universities other than UNI are welcome to participate in this program. If you are not currently a UNI student, but would like to participate in this program, please contact the UNI Study Abroad Center prior to starting your program application.
- Capstone courses cannot be repeated. If you have previously taken this capstone course, please contact the UNI Study Abroad Center prior to starting your program application.
Tentative Program Dates: Wednesday, June 17 (depart the U.S.) to Tuesday, June 30, 2020 (return to the U.S.)
Sample itinerary is subject to change.
Day 1: Arrive Reykjavik, Iceland; visit the Blue Lagoon; tour of city
Group airfare will be arranged, departing from the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport. It will be the program participants' responsibility to arrange transportation to and from the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport.
Day 2: Golden Circle tour, Fridheimar Green Houses (greenhouse heated by geothermal energy), Fontana geothermal bakery, and power plant at Nesjavellir to learn about how Reykjavik utilizes geothermal energy
Day 3: Glacier walk; visit Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls
Day 4: Mt. Esja hiking tour; group flight to London, England
Day 5: Tower of London (home to England's crown jewels!) and HMS Belfast, a Royal Navy Warship
Day 6: Churchill's War Rooms, where Churchill and Britain's leadership directed WWII
Day 7: Free day in London - included in program package are Oyster cards for public transportation. Recommended activities for this day include: the London Eye, National Gallery, Oxford Street, Tower Bridge, House of Parliament/Big Ben/Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and the changing of the guard, Hyde Park, Covent Gardens, St. Paul's Cathedral, Museum of Science, Victoria and Albert Museum, and Natural History Museums.
Day 8: Travel to Liverpool, Beatles walking tour, then transfer to Snowdonia National Park
Day 9: Morning activities in Snowdonia National Park, claimed to be the home of the last true Prince of Wales (activities are per student choice and any costs are paid on site). Afternoon visit to Big Pit Coal Museum to learn about the Welsh coal mining industry that fueled the Industrial Revolution.
Day 10: Travel to Bath for tour of the ancient Roman baths, then travel to Oxford for a tour of the oldest English-speaking university
Day 11: Travel to London with a stop at Windsor Castle along the way
Day 12: Free day in London - included in program package are Oyster cards for public transportation. Recommended activities for this day include: the London Eye, National Gallery, Oxford Street, Tower Bridge, House of Parliament/Big Ben/Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and the changing of the guard, Hyde Park, Covent Gardens, St. Paul's Cathedral, Museum of Science, Victoria and Albert Museum, and Natural History Museums.
Day 13: Departure - Group airfare will return to the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport.
Housing & Meals
Students will stay in hotels or hostels arranged by the Study Abroad Center and paid for before departure. Most meals will be paid for by students out-of-pocket while abroad. Only a few meals are built into the cost of the program. Students are encouraged to try the local foods.
Capstone in UK & Iceland
Estimated Program Cost:
* estimated total cost of participation, actual amount depends on type of housing accommodation selected, actual airfare purchase price, personal spending habits, and other factors
Cost of studying on-campus*
*per semester, estimated, will vary per person
Tuition & Fees:
Room & Board:
Dates & Deadlines
The Study Abroad Center reserves the right to determine participants' eligibility to Study Abroad. Students must meet all of the following in order to be eligible to Study Abroad:
- Have a cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher at the time of application and maintain this cumulative GPA prior to departure and throughout the study abroad process
- If your cumulative GPA is lower than 2.5, submit the following to the Study Abroad Center (103 East Bartlett):
- Letters of reference from two academic contacts (e.g. academic advisor and former or current professor) supporting your pursuit of study abroad. If you are attending a faculty-led study abroad program, only one of the letters can be from a course leader.
- Must be over the age of 18 years old
- Must meet the course prerequisites (participation in the program is dependent upon meeting these)
- Must be in good standing with the University
- UNI's partner institutions may require additional eligibility requirements to be met, these vary from institution to institution. Please consult with the Study Abroad Center staff to discuss these additional requirements if applicable.
- Applicants traveling to a region of a country or a country with an overall Travel Advisory Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) or 4 (Do Not Travel) will not be eligible.
- All study abroad applicants must pass the Study Abroad Applicant Assessment with a score of 70% or greater.
- Applicants may be selected for an in-person interview before being accepted. Selection for an interview does not guarantee acceptance into the program. You will be contacted directly by the Study Abroad Center if selected for an interview.