Immerse yourself in Icelandic culture through studying the nature, culture, design, and arts of this small island country.
|Term||May Session (Spring Semester)|
|Credit Type||Resident Credit|
|Sponsor||Learning Abroad Center|
|Student Type||UofM Students|
|Student Year||Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors|
|Language||No Language Prerequisite|
This course will be taught during Spring semester. Participants will go abroad to Iceland for 1 week in May after Spring semester concludes.
This course will offer you a structured experience to learn about Icelandic culture from afar through presentations, readings, and digital media, followed by direct experience and immersion in the culture, finally culminating in a phase of reflection. Throughout the program, we aim to construct a woven experience of distance and immersive learning, drawing from the “meshwork” ideas of Tim Ingold (Making: Anthropology, Archaeology, Art, and Architecture, Routledge, 2013). The program aims to make the case that design thinking and design making are anthropological acts; this conceptual theme will be the foundation of this course and connection to Iceland through engaging students intellectually for the duration and and physically while on site.
Throughout the program, you will engage in discovery of what constitutes an Icelandic experience using three lenses: nature, culture, and arts and design. Taking into account the long-standing partnership between the University of Iceland and University of Minnesota, there will be chances to learn with and from students and faculty from the University of Iceland and the Iceland University for the Arts, with possible collaborations with the Icelandic Art Museum.
You will also engage in learning through creative action as a means of observing, understanding, and connecting to your own experience. This exemplifies a pedagogical approach central to design disciplines where one draws, writes, or makes to understand a context, people, designed artifact, or complex design problem.
You will live in shared accommodation with fellow program participants. Breakfast as well as welcome and farewell meals are included in the program fee.
Excursions may include:
Virajita Singh is an Associate Vice Provost in the Office for Equity & Diversity and a Research Fellow with the Center for Sustainable Building Research in the School of Architecture in the College of Design. As Adjunct Professor, she focuses on issues of sustainability and cultural change in architecture and design.
Learning Abroad Center programs are:
|Program Level||3000-level course|
One 3-credit course
Combine class during the Spring semester with study abroad in May for 1 week, after the semester concludes.
Spring Semester 2021 course dates: Wednesdays from 3-5p.m.
Abroad program dates: May 14th 2021-May 22nd 2021
The assessment of student performance will include a visual journal, blog entries, paper and presentation, as well as course engagement and peer feedback.
Receive credit for: DES 3406
|Term||Program Dates||Application Deadline|
|Spring semester course & 1 week abroad in May||May 14, 2021 – May 22, 2021||Jan 8, 2021|
If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.
Important Note: Enrollment on this program is limited to 16 students. Admission is granted on a rolling basis and applications are reviewed in the order they are completed. Some programs may fill to capacity prior to the application deadline, therefore applying early is recommended. Additionally, applying early will allow for more time to plan ahead and prepare for the program.
Spring Semester 2021 course dates: Wednesdays from 3-5p.m.
See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.
|1 week in May||TBD|
May 2021 ( for 1 week) Cost of Participation forthcoming
Program fees can vary widely due to location, cost of living, airfare, and program inclusions. The program fee generally includes educational costs, group flight airfare, program administration, housing, some meals, international health insurance, entrances to course-related excursions and site visits, and local transportation. Generally, our program fees range from $3,500-$5,500. You must also budget for passport and passport photos, most meals, textbooks, and miscellaneous living expenses.
In the event if traveling abroad is not possible for the program, there will be an international virtual component consisting of virtual visits and lectures. The internatinal virtual component will come with an additional course fee in lieu of the cost of participation mentioned above.
Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.
To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:
|Center Name||TC Learning Abroad Ctr|
|Education Abroad Term||May Session 2021 (Spring on campus course)|
|Program Name||Iceland: Nature, Culture, & Design|
|Track Name||Iceland: Nature, Culture, & Design|
Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.
Your participation on this program is secured by applying and confirming through the Learning Abroad Center application process.
You will also need to register for the course DES 3406.
Note: Registering for the course, but not confirming through the Learning Abroad Center, will not hold your spot in the program.
For further information or questions about this program, send an email toRoslyn Udairam or call at 612.625.0475.
Tuesday, December 15th 11a.m.–12p.m.