Faculty-led Program in Iceland - Winter

‌Iceland is the land of Fire (volcanoes), Ice (glaciers) and extraordinarily resilient cultures. 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 the United States. 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. 

Dates & Deadlines

App Deadline: September 15, 2024
Program Dates: January 4, 2025 to January 14, 2025 (Dates tentative)

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See what past participants of this program have said!

"I would absolutely recommend this program to others. It is a once in a lifetime experience to see a new culture, new land features, and innovative energy uses. It is a unique place and a fabulous experience." 

"I highly recommend the program! I learned a lot and made new friends. It was the experience of a lifetime!"

"I would absolutely recommend this program to others. You get to explore so much of Iceland with amazing faculty and unique opportunities."

Course Leader

Chad Heinzel, Professor

Department: Earth & Environmental Sciences
Phone: 319-273-6168
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 has traveled with UNI students to Iceland for the past 2 winters and is looking forward to returning this upcoming winter! 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

Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost: $6,771*

*estimated total cost of participation, actual amount depends on type of housing accommodation selected, actual airfare purchase price, personal spending habits, and other factors

Estimated Total Program Cost$6,771
Estimated U-bill Charges$5,998
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs$773


Iceland Cost Estimate (PDF)

Cost of Studying On Campus at UNI*

*per semester, estimated, will vary per person

Tuition & Fees$4,864
Room & Board$4,824
Personal Expenses$878

Source: https://admissions.uni.edu/cost-aid

‌Eligibility Requirements to Study Abroad

The Study Abroad Center reserves the right to determine participants' eligibility to study abroad. Students must have a completed study abroad application, including supportive recommendation form(s). Additionally, 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.