• Northern lights in a winter sky

    Capstone in Iceland - Winter

  • Gulfoss waterfall in winter

    Capstone in Iceland - Winter

  • UNI student with UNI flag on Icelandic glacier

    Capstone in Iceland - Winter

  • Geyser erupting

    Capstone in Iceland - Winter

Introduction

Iceland is the land of Fire (volcanoes), Ice (glaciers) and extraordinarily resilient cultures. Our course is for any student interested in exploring the relationships between humans and their environments through art, business, culture, education, science, sustainability and technology. The course will discover how environmental conditions contribute toward a culture’s ceremonies, food preferences, mythologies, and sense of place. Our diverse environments play a major role in how are lives are shaped. Moreover, we will investigate how humanity's actions may have positive and/or negative environmental impacts. This course will track how many Icelandic and Scandinavian cultural traits persist to this day in Minnesota and Iowa. Like the Vikings before us, we will explore Iceland and learn from one of Earth’s most beautiful landscapes that contains glaciers, Northern Lights, volcanoes, as well as some of humanity’s best environmental sustainability practices. 

 

Location

Course Leaders

Chad Heinzel, Professor

Department: Earth & Environmental Sciences
Phone: 319-273-6168
E-mail:chad.heinzel@uni.edu
Campus Address: LAT 116

Chad has traveled to Sicily and southern Italy over 20 summers, conducting research and leading undergraduate to graduate student field schools. He loves sharing his passion for international education with students. 

One of Chad's favorite quotes: "Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it." - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Academics

CAP 3140: Environment, Technology, and Society (2 credit hours) 

Explore the relationships between humans and their environments through art, business, culture, education, science, sustainability and technology. Discover how environmental conditions contribute toward a culture’s ceremonies, food preferences, mythologies, and sense of place. Investigate how humanity's actions may have positive and/or negative environmental impacts. 

To view a tentative syllabus, click HERE

NOTES:

  • 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 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.

Important information to review:

  • Review the roles of the Advisee and the Advisor under the main menu Get Started

Entry and Exit Requirements 

  • Review and follow the travel recommendations of the CDC for Iceland
  • Monitor appropriate websites for updates and information about COVID or other emergencies before departing and while in the destination country. The U.S. Embassy in Iceland provides updates that can be found on their website

Itinerary

Tentative Program Dates: Thursday, December 29, 2022 (class meetings start) - Sunday, January 15, 2023 (return from travel) 

Sample itinerary is subject to change.

Day 1: Class meeting prior to travel 

Day 2: Travel to Minneapolis from the UNI campus

Day 3: Learn about Scandinavian culture in the US by visiting the Norway House and American Swedish Institute, followed by a group meal at Tullibee Restaurant, which specializes in locally-sourced Nordic cuisine  

Day 4: Travel to Iceland

Day 5: Rekjavik city walking tour 

Day 6: Activities and lectures from University of Reykjavik Faculty and Students

Day 7: The Golden Circle tour - a full day round tour of the southwest of Iceland and includes three of the best known attractions Iceland has to offer. Start with Þingvellir, the site of the world's oldest democratic parliament founded in 930 and the beautiful canyon running through the park is actually the dividing faultl ine between two of the earth’s tectonic plates. Next is Gullfoss (The Golden Waterfall), one of the most impressive waterfalls in Europe with thousands of tons of icy water thundering majestically into a deep canyon. And finally, the Geysir Area, with numerous hot springs, fumaroles and geysers, including the 30 meter spouting world known Strokkur.

Day 8: Visit the National Museum and learn about Icelandic culture and society over the past 1200 years, then enjoy a traditional meal as a group

Day 9: Explore Volcanic Activity and Deposits 

Day 10: Northern Lights Tour

Day 11: Free day

Day 12: Icelandic Sustainability Tour (geothermal energy) 

Day 13: Free day

Day 14: Return flight to Minneapolis; travel to Duluth

Days 15 - 17: Activities around Duluth and Lutsen exploring Scandinavian life in Minnesota

Day 18: Travel back to UNI campus

Participant Info

Important information to review:

  • Review the roles of the Advisee and the Advisor under the main menu Get Started

Entry and Exit Requirements 

  • Review and follow the travel recommendations of the CDC for Iceland
  • Monitor appropriate websites for updates and information about COVID or other emergencies before departing and while in the destination country. The U.S. Embassy in Iceland provides updates that can be found on their website

Housing & Meals

Students will stay in hotels or hostels arranged by the Study Abroad Center and paid for before departure. Only a few meals are built into the cost of the program. Students will pay for the remaining meals out-of-pocket while abroad and are encouraged to try the local foods.

Program Costs

Dates & Deadlines

APPLY

App Deadline: 
Friday, September 16, 2022
Program Dates: 
Thursday, December 29, 2022 to Sunday, January 15, 2023

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, one of the letters must be from a course leader. However, if the program has two course leaders, only one of the letters can be from one of the course leaders.
  • 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.