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  • Locations: Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Program Terms: Winter Break
  • Restrictions: UC applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Break 2019 06/01/2019
Rolling Admission 12/13/2019 12/21/2019

** 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.

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type Detailed: UC Faculty-Led Program Program Type General: Faculty-Led
Level of Study: Undergraduate Academic Theme: University Wide
Credit Offered: UC Credit Click here for a definition of this term Registration Term: Fall
Eligibility Restrictions: University Honors Program Students Only Minimum GPA: 3.2
Language Courses Offered: No Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: No Housing Options: Hotel
Program Lead Faculty: Jennifer Wohlfarth Program Additional Faculty: Neil Choudhury
Program Advisor: Neil Choudhury
Program Description:

Program Overview

Iceland sunset cabin
Iceland is a land of extremes, a place of fire and ice, with its volcanoes and frozen waterfalls, geothermal springs and glaciers, lava fields and ice caves, where medieval sagas and Viking lore and modern Western culture intermingle on an island situated where the tectonic plates of North America and Europe slowly pull away from each other each year, millimeter by millimeter. In this class, we’ll dive into the cultural lagoon of Icelandic culture, learning about this land, its people and their history while exploring and practicing the journalistic and literary craft of travel writing. Throughout the semester, we’ll read and discuss great travel writing from around the world, experimenting with narrative techniques while developing ideas for our own travel writing pursuits. During our week-long visit to Iceland at the end of the semester, we’ll explore Reykjavík, the world’s most northerly capital, making the most of the four hours of daylight in winter and seeking out the elusive spectacle of the aurora borealis, or Northern Lights, at night. We’ll bundle up on day trips to such natural wonders as the Golden Circle, with the double-cascading Gulfoss, Iceland’s most famous waterfall; Pingvellir National Park, an immense rift valley where continental plates meet; and Geysir, the original hot-water spout from which all other geysers on earth get their name. Along the way, we might encounter glaciers, ice caves Icelandic horses and fisherman, take a dip in a blue lagoon, and sample Icelandic cuisine, from its hotdogs and licorice to Skyr yogurt and seafood dishes.

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At the end of the semester students in this seminar will travel to Reykjavik, Iceland, the hip capital of currently one of the most chic countries in international travel! 

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Who Can Participate?

Icelandic horses
Applications for this seminar will open in December 2018 and will be due on Feb. 11, 2019. An interview with the faculty may be required as part of the application process. This seminar is capped at 20 students.

UC undergraduates who are not in the University Honors Program are welcome and encouraged to apply to participate, provided the student has a cumulative university GPA of 3.2 or above and are enrolled full-time at UC (i.e. for at least 12 credit hours in the fall 2019 semester). Graduate students are not eligible to enroll. Although priority is given to University Honors students, we are often able to offer spaces to other students as well.

Course Expectations
Students are expected to meet the instructor's academic and behavioral expectations during the class time leading up to the travel component. Students who do not meet academic and/or behavioral expectations will not be permitted to travel. Students in this situation will not receive a refund.

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Academic Program and Course Information

Church in Reykjavik
All students in this program are required to enroll in JOUR2050 Travel Writing in Iceland for 3 credits for the fall semester.
Tuition and fees are assessed based on total enrolled hours for a term. This includes the hours associated with the study abroad class. Students who enroll for more than 18 hours for the term will be assessed additional per credit hour fees over and above the flat fees associated with being enrolled full-time (for most students full-time is 12-18 hours).
Co-op students selected to participate in this program are required to enroll in the course during the designated term, regardless of when the student may be on co-op.  If the course is during a term when the student is on co-op, tuition and fees will be charged per a student’s residency status and college, based on the part-time per credit hour rate.
A student can see his/her full and part time tuition rates and college fees here (use left-side navigation menu to click into the relevant academic year):

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Iceland landscape

Jenny Wohlfarth has been a magazine journalist since 1993 and has taught at UC since 2000; she currently serves as the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies and Magazine Track Coordinator. She is the faculty adviser for UC's online student magazine, Verge, and the UC chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). Before coming to UC full-time, Jenny worked for numerous award-winning national magazines; she is a former executive editor of I.D. (International Design) Magazine and a former managing editor of HOW Magazine. She has published articles in a wide variety of national consumer and trade magazines, covering art, architecture, animals/agriculture, business, conservation/environment, design, travel and urban/social issues. She is a contributing editor at Cincinnati Magazine and continues to write for several national magazines. She has co-presented at numerous teaching conferences, including the Lilly International Conference on College Teaching and the International Society of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Annual Conference, and has been honored with teaching and writing awards, including the 2012 David Eshelman Outstanding Campus Adviser Award, a national award given by the Society of Professional Journalists. She has served as a juror for the Sigma Delta Chi Awards for Excellence in Journalism sponsored by SPJ and several national magazine journalism and graphic-design competitions, including contests managed by Writer’s Digest, HOW Magazine, The Thoroughbred Times and The American Horse Publications. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Society of Environmental Journalists. 

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Living Arrangements


Students and faculty will be staying at local hotels (TBD) while in Iceland. 

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Getting There

Iceland geysers

On Dec. 13, 2019 the group will depart from Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport to Reykjavik, Iceland. From there the group will take group ground tours around Reykjavik and to various other sites. On Dec. 21, 2019 the group will depart for Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport from Reykjavik. 

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Program Costs

Iceland seaside night 
2019 Program Cost:  $4000 

Included in Program Cost:
  • Airfare and transfers
  • Accommodations
  • CISI insurance
  • Breakfasts at hotel
  • Group museum admission tickets/passes
  • Guides
 Not Included in Program Cost:
  • Personal meals
  • Baggage fees
  • Passport
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal ground transportation
  • Souvenirs
  • Visas
The program fee for this study tour is $4000. However, this program has been awarded a $400 UC International Scholarship (matriculated, UC degree-seeking students only) and a $800 University Honors Grant. This brings the posted financial liability of the program down to $2800. 

Note that both program charges and UC International scholarship will be posted separately on a student’s OneStop bill on the semester in which the course for the study abroad experience is given.  Program charges are posted shortly after students commit to the program through the online application process.  Scholarships are posted after all students 1) register for the course connected to the study abroad experience, and 2) complete all study abroad online paperwork.

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UC Financial Aid and Scholarships

For full details on using your financial aid to help pay for your study abroad experience, you should contact UC Financial Aid.

UC International awarded over $500,000 in student grants last year. Please refer to the UC International webpage for more information.

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Passports and Visas

A valid passport is essential to your international travel and study abroad. If you are planning to travel abroad, its best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. Please see for more information.

In order to obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access this information is visa the US Department of State’s webpage at

UC International is happy to guide UC faculty, staff and students to possible resources about visas for study abroad. Although, applying for the necessary visa for travel is the responsibility of the individual UC traveler. Entry requirements change frequently and we advise you to pay close information to consular updates. It is your responsibility to knowing and addressing the requirements for your host study abroad destination.

Applying for a visa can be a complicated process. Some UC travelers choose to third party to assist with this process, for example A Briggs (mention UC for a possible discount).

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Health and Safety Abroad

UC International is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad. The following are a few resources for travel abroad.

UC faculty, students and staff are responsible for their own health and safety abroad. The US Department of State, Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) and International SOS are excellent resources for country specific information.

UC partners with International SOS medical and security advice. UC code is 11BCAS000010

UC students, faculty and staff can utilize International SOS in the following ways:
  • Sign up to receive email alerts for medical and security information, customizable to various locations abroad
  • Read about travel health information with medical advice, food and water safety, and cultural tips
  • Explore travel security with personal safety tips and travel risk ratings for locations abroad

UC faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel abroad through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) in case of an emergency abroad.

All UC students participating in a University of Cincinnati sanctioned or funded international travel program are required to purchase and maintain insurance while abroad. UC International partners with CISI to provide insurance for UC students.

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Contacts for More Information

For more information or questions that are not answered on this page please contact Neil Choudhury

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This program is currently not accepting applications.