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Location: Iceland

Semester: Summer 2025

Course Information: International Studies – 3 Credit Core Course

Lead Faculty: Professor Jer Nelsen

Travel Assistant: Professor Luke Anspach

Course Title: Through the Lens: The Culture, History, and Geography of Iceland

Course Code: IS 398 Iceland

Course Description: This course will focus on the history, culture and landscape of Iceland through experiences revolving around contemplation and internal reflection. The course will provide a wide range of techniques and strategies for personal awareness and intercultural curiosity in larger-than-life landscapes. We will engage in intentional community, preparing meals, sharing observations, and sharing oreflections on our experiences in Iceland for two weeks in May of 2025.

Travel Dates: Spring break 2025 – (Exact dates TBA)

Cost: TBA

Housing/Accommodations: Local Hotels

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Eligibility Requirements: Anderson students are eligible to enroll in an international study course (AU Abroad) with their advisor’s approval. This includes freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. However, scholarship eligibility depends upon class rank, GPA and financial need.

AU Abroad Scholarship Eligibility: Scholarships are awarded to help reduce the cost of the travel fee, which is an additional charge as part of student’s registration for the program. The AU Abroad scholarship ranges up to $1,000.00 and is awarded upon eligibility, GPA and financial need.  To be eligible for the AU Abroad scholarship, students must be a junior or senior. However, students who are sophomores in the nursing and/or education major are eligible for the AU Abroad scholarship. (This exception is made because nursing and education majors have limited availability for classes in their junior and senior year.) First-year students are not eligible for the AU Abroad scholarship but can register and take any international studies course with academic approval. 

Registration: Students can register for an international studies course by registering for the class for the summer. Students should speak with their academic advisor regarding how the IS 398 (AU Abroad) course will be used for their academic plan before applying online for this class. AU Abroad is an international studies course, and is designed as a core course. (Students can only apply for one AU Abroad course during the semester.)

Payment: Students will need to make payments once registration is confirmed and before the Summer 2025 semester bills are due. All payments are nonrefundable. You need to be registered before payments for the course/travel fee should be made.

Payment Plan Details: You need to register and pay for three credits for this class. In addition to the course fee.

Included: Round trip airfare, breakfast at the hotel each morning, accommodations, and entrance to tours as listed on the itinerary.

Exclusions: Transportation to the airport: Please note that we do not provide transportation to the airport. Flights are not determined at this time and are normally out of ATL. However, it can also be GSP or CLT. We do not provide transportation to the airport or cover the cost for this expense. It is up to you to get to the airport. Meals: Normally, only breakfast at the hotel is included. You are responsible for your meals, refreshments, and all food/snacks while abroad. Government ID: Passports and any required official documentation to enter the country are not covered and students are required to pay these charges. Baggage Fees: Normally on an international flight, one bag can be checked for free. Additional baggage fees whether for extra luggage or due to over luggage weight, will not be covered. Additional Tours/Sites: Entrance fees to places not listed on the official itinerary are not covered. Personal Expense: Students should bring additional funding to help cover personal expenses while abroad including funding for meals, personal expenses, gifts, etc.

Passport: It is recommended that you expedite your passport application or renewal. Passports are not required at time of course registration. However, you need a valid passport which is a t least six months current to travel. Passports are taking longer to process by the US State Department. Please allow 4 months for renewals or initial applications.