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Belmont in Iceland: CLOSED

The Coolest Study Abroad Ever

Join us this spring as, in the classroom and in-country, we explore Iceland, an almost mythical island of fire and ice. This fragile, dynamic world, which straddles the geological divide between Europe and North America, provides a perfect opportunity to study the effects of isolation on culture, government, and biology by focusing on a people descended from Viking explorers whose survival depended on finding ways to cooperate with each other in a land largely cut off from the rest of the world. In addition to studying such issues as northern mythology, comparative political systems, and genetics prior to departure, during our time in Iceland we will explore the distinctive geographical features which shaped this land and its people: glaciers, waterfalls, volcanoes and, surrounding all, the ocean.

The Iceland trip itself is the centerpiece of a spring semester experience which combines a first 8 week team-taught class culminating in the 9 day Spring Break Iceland Program, followed by a second 8 week course in which students will hone their research skills by focusing on a specific topic related to political science or humanities. Students can earn LCC credit by completing the two course sequence in two of the following disciplines: Political Science; Humanities/English; Biology. While this program is designed to be a multi-disciplinary experience, students not needing LCC credit can enroll in the first 8 week team-taught course and complete a post-trip project to earn 3 credit hours.Program Dates:

Spring Break Study Abroad: March 3, 2018 - March 11, 2018

Students enroll in one to three of the following courses:

All program participants must enroll in a first 8-week course; students taking the program for LCC credit must also enroll in a second 8-week course in a different discipline. For information about possible major/minor credit in BIO, ENL, or PSC, please contact program faculty.

1st 8 weeks (crosslisted)

 M 5:30-9:30

2nd 8 weeks (crosslisted)

 M 5:30-9:30

BIO 1950  Iceland: Written in Their Genes-Iceland’s Biological Isolation

Dr. Jennifer Thomas


HUM 2950  Iceland: Cultural Foundations of a World Apart               Dr. Maggie Monteverde

ENL 2950 Iceland: Topics in Icelandic Literature


PSC 1950  Iceland: Isolation and Interdependence                        Dr.Nathan Griffith

PSC 1950 Iceland: Topics in Political Science


  • Open to qualified Belmont students
  • Students can be from any discipline
  • Undergraduate students need GPA of 2.5 or above
Costs: Program Fee + Tuition

1)     Program Fee: $4,000 

This fee will include round trip airfare from Nashville; housing in twin rooms; in-country
transportation; admission to all required activities and sites; daily breakfast and some
additional meals; study abroad health insurance.

Costs not covered by the program fee include: Remaining meals, tuition, books, and incidentals.

2)     Belmont Tuition: Tuition is charged for this course in the spring at the regular Belmont tuition rate. After a student
is registered for 16 hours in the Spring Semester, this course will be charged for only one hour instead of three. 


Undergraduate: Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn three to nine hours of Belmont University credit.


Application Deadlines:

November 15, 2017

Faculty Contacts:
Dr. Maggie Monteverde or Dr. Nathan Griffith or Dr. Jennifer Thomas