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Program Description
Please note: this program has been cancelled for Post-Spring 2020



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Since settlement by the Vikings in the 9th century, Icelanders have had to contend with intense vulcanism, a scarcity of natural resources, and a harsh sub-arctic climate. Frequent natural disasters battered the people of Iceland, sometimes killing as many as a third of all inhabitants at a time. Life was often very difficult, yet the Icelanders survived, and nurtured a vibrant culture. Sprung from Viking roots, Icelandic culture grew in response to the natural environment—stunning, inspiring, often deadly. Explore Iceland’s natural wonders, and engage with its unique culture. Investigate at first-hand the interconnectedness of human culture and the natural environment. Experience how the environment shapes culture, and how culture shapes the environment. See how Icelanders of the past adapted to life on their harsh island, and how Icelanders today are responding to environmental challenges, like soil erosion and rapidly-melting glaciers. Learn about the harnessing Iceland’s vulcanism to generate completely renewable energy. See for yourself how environmental consciousness has become part of Icelanders’ everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • May 13–20, 2020
  • Explore the remnants of Viking settlements
  • Visit historic Reykjavík, the world’s northernmost capital city
  • Learn about Viking culture and society
  • See Iceland’s powerful geological forces at work, including geysers and boiling mud pots
  • Tour a working geothermal power plant and learn about the latest in renewable energy
  • Stand between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates at Thingvellir National Park, site of the world’s oldest parliament
  • Visit Gullfoss, one of Iceland’s most powerful and picturesque waterfalls
  • Earn upper-division honors credit (1)

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.


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Location Details


Iceland’s most populous city is also the world’s northernmost capital. Reykjavík was the site of the first permanent settlement by Vikings around the year 872 CE. It is the cultural heart of Iceland and the center of many museums dedicated to Iceland’s rich history and its vibrant culture.

The Golden Circle is a 300-kilometer loop around the southeastern corner of Iceland and home to many of Iceland’s most dramatic landscapes and geological features, including Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall, the Haukadalur geysers and geothermal area, the Kerið volcanic crater, and the Hellisheiði geothermal plant.

Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Payment and Withdrawal Policies

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements

This course is open to Barrett students who have completed HON171 with a grade of C or above.



Students will take the below course for a total of 1 credit

  • HON394: Living with Fire and Ice: Environment and Culture in Iceland (1 credit)

Students will register for this course during the Spring registration period. 

*Please note that this course counts towards your Spring semester load. If registering for this course will put you in a course-overload situation, you will need to speak with your academic advisor for an override.  

Course Format 

The course will involve some preparatory reading and on-line discussion via Canvas during the spring 2020 semester with the bulk of study over seven days on-site in Iceland in May following the conclusion of regular coursework.

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Faculty Director

Dr. Joseph R. O’Neill
Lecturer and Honors Faculty Fellow
Barrett, the Honors College
Sage South 153
MC 1612

Elizabeth Meloy
Honors Faculty Fellow
Barrett, the Honors College

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Elizabeth Meloy


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Program Housing

Students will stay in group accommodations in central Reykjavík. Breakfast will be included. We will share a group lunch at the greenhouse at Friðheimar, one of Iceland’s largest growers of tomatoes.

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus. This program includes some walking up steep hills and on uneven surfaces in rugged terrain. 

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. In Iceland, all government buildings and most museums and large shopping centers are wheelchair accessible, though many other locations (including some hotels) are not. Many sidewalks in downtown Reykjavik lack curb ramps, and the streets are steep, but the public bus system and taxis provide transportation services for individuals with disabilities.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad.  

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Post-Spring 2020 is $2955.

Program Fee includes: shared housing, daily breakfast, a group lunch, site visits and cultural events, in-country transportation, ASU faculty support, and international health insurance. Not included: Tuition for the one-credit course, airfare, passport & visa fees, personal expenses, transportation from the accommodation back to the airport at the end of the program, and miscellaneous items.  Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program cost sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities

  • ASU Tuition Waiver may be applied on this program to cover the tuition associated with this program.  The ASU Tuition Waiver cannot be used to subsidize the posted program fee.


Links to Additional Resources

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Dates & Deadlines

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.