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  • Locations: Hvolsvollur, Iceland; Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Housing: Hotels
Academic Courses: ENL, HUM, ILC, PSC Program Length: Short-Term Faculty-Led
Program Type: Faculty Led Minimum GPA: 2.50
Office Location: Study Abroad Office JAAC 1009 Program Fee: $4250
Program Description:

Belmont in Iceland



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 two Spring Semester courses in Political Science and Humanities/English which will meet back to back on MWF throughout the term.  Students can earn ILC credit by successfully completing both classes.  Students who don’t need or want ILC credit can enroll in upper-level  English or Political Science classes; if only taking one they would meet with the class of their choice on Monday and Wednesday, but on Friday attend the joint two hour session when the two classes meet together, as the program is designed to be an inter -disciplinary experience.

  • 1 nights in Reykholt
  • 2 nights in Hvollsvollur
  • 4 nights in Reykjavik

All courses will satisfy either Belmont requirements in the Gen Ed core or the specified major. You must participate in at least one course offered in Iceland. You should consult individual program faculty to see how online options can fit into your study abroad program.
ILC HUM 1950 and PSC 1950—must enroll in both Upper Level Options—can enroll in either or both
HUM 2950  Iceland: Cultural Foundations of an Independent People
Dr. Maggie Monteverde
ENL 3950 Icelandic Literature
Dr. Maggie Monteverde
PSC 1950  Icelandic Democracy Dr. Nathan Griffith PSC 3950 Foundations of Democracy
Dr. Nathan Griffith
COSTSiceland beach scene

1. Program Fee: $4,250: 
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. 

Program Deposit: $500 due at time of acceptance


Faculty-Led Application Process
Dates and Deadlines
All requirements must be completed by the Study Abroad Office deadlines: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date
  • Spring Break Programs: November 15
  • Maymester Programs: February 1
  • Summer Programs: February 15 

How to Apply
1. Please click the Apply Now button (found at the top-right of this page and/or at the bottom of this page) to apply. 
2. You will automatically be directed to your myBelmont account to log-in. 
3. After logging in to your myBelmont account, if you are not re-directed back to Belmont Global, open a new window for Belmont Global to complete your application. 


Dr. Maggie Monteverde
Department of English

maggie.monteverde@belmont.eduJAAC 3023

Dr. Nathan Griffith
Department of Political Science

nathan.griffith@belmont.eduJAAC 2076

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2020 11/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.