Freshman Seminar Abroad: Consider how creativity and innovation can solve world problems in Iceland and the US.
|Credit Type||Resident Credit|
|Sponsor||Learning Abroad Center|
|Student Type||UofM Students|
|Language||No Language Prerequisite|
Iceland’s many landscapes are dramatically shaped by the forces of nature, placing the powers of earth, air, fire, and water on full display. Active volcanoes, glaciers, mountains, and rivers are just some of the many distinctive features of its unique landscape.
Iceland, a world leader in the use of renewable energy, has extensive resources of hydroelectric power and geothermal energy. This small island nation is also a global innovator in genetics, leveraging its unequalled genealogical records with human genotype data to provide insights into genes involved in human diseases.
On this Freshman Seminar Abroad, consider how Icelandic society survived multiple famines, plagues, volcanic eruptions, pirate raids, and wars to become one of the most innovative countries in the world. Examine how the education system and government policy contribute to innovation and the benefits of innovation in business.
Before traveling to Iceland, study genealogy and human genetics, and while in abroad, learn about genetics and geothermal energy—utilized in Iceland to a greater extent than anywhere else. Tour places such as deCODE human genetics company, the Svartsengi geothermal power plant, and the Climeworks CO2 extracting plant.
Live in shared rooms in a hotel with fellow program participants. Breakfast and welcome and farewell meals are included in the program fee. Take additional meals at your housing or at local pubs or restaurants.
While in Iceland, the surroundings will become your classroom, and you will explore and experience the seminar coursework through site visits. Excursions will take place in and around Reykjavik and may include:
John Ward is a Professor in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, and the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in the College of Biological Sciences.
Learning Abroad Center programs are:
|Program Level||1900-level course|
One 3-credit course
Combine on-campus class during the spring semester with study abroad during spring break. On-campus Spring Semester 2020 course meets: Wednesdays from 2:30–4:10 p.m. on East Bank. Abroad term: Spring Break 2020
This freshman seminar will introduce you to:
Receive credit for: BIO 1906
Approved for: Global Perspectives Liberal Education theme
|Term||Program Dates||Application Deadline|
|Spring Break 2020||March 6, 2020 – March 14, 2020||Dec 1, 2019|
If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.
Wednesdays 2:30–4:10 p.m. on East Bank
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.
|Spring Break 2020||TBD||TBD|
The program fee includes airfare, housing, program administration, welcome and farewell meals, most additional meals, international health insurance, entrances to course-related excursions and site visits, airport transfers, and in-country transportation for all course related activities. Typically, program fees range between $4,000–$4,500. Students must also budget for passport and passport photos, a few meals, spending money, and miscellaneous living expenses.
Freshman Seminar Abroad participants are eligible to apply for a specific Freshman Seminar Abroad scholarship. Applications are due October, 15, 2019. Apply HERE.
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||Spring Break 2020|
|Program Name||Freshman Seminar Abroad: Tradition & Innovation in Iceland|
|Track Name||Tradition & Innovation in Iceland|
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 on-campus course BIOL 1906.
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 toWhitney Westley Fisher or call at 612.625.8827.