This program is a 5 week studio and cultural history experience where students begin by collecting footage and images from a ten day long road trip around Iceland. After that we will settle in the West Fjords, in a town called Thingeyri. We will spend four weeks there.

The projects are structured and focused on landscape and it's influence on time and experience. We will also watch videos and films, listen to lectures, learn mindfulness techniques and discuss readings. There are intense critiques and conversations mostly every day, though sometimes we will meet more informally.

Students will have a fast-paced, "typical tourist" experience at the start of their trip and then will settle in for a full month in a small, remote fishing village. This way students are afforded the time to process the myriad experiences they have at the beginning of their adventures.

Group Flight Plan:

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: November 1, 2018
  • Application Deadline: January 15, 2019
  • Application Extension Deadline: January 22, 2019
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • $500 non-refundable deposit: Deposits must be paid through NUPay. Be sure to select the appropriate summer term.
  • Photocopy of Passport: This is to be given to your faculty leader after acceptance.
  • Faculty Interview: Faculty will schedule interviews with applicants of interest to determine acceptance. The interviews can occur anytime before the final deadline.
  • Essay Questions: Answer each question in 2-3 paragraphs (completed online via GEO application).
    • What are your personal and academic reasons for wishing to participate in this Dialogue of Civilizations program?
    • How will the program further your academic and career goals?
    • What is your previous travel and language experience, if any?
    • What courses have you taken which are directly relevant to the program?
    • How important is it for you to remain connected to others via social media? Why is this important/less important?

Applications are not considered complete until deposit is received. This deposit will be applied to the full cost of the program.

Update My Travel Plans on myNortheastern
Once you have been accepted into the program and your the flight and accommodation details have been shared with you, you are required to create an entry in My Travel Plans for the trip. Please be sure to enter the following pieces of information:
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.
Other Requirements
  • Possible Student Challenges: The first portion of the trip has limited food options for those with food allergies. The weather is colder and often wet in the summer. The town is quite small, with limited facilities. Students should be in good physical shape and enjoy the outdoors, even when the weather is inclement.


The courses dovetail one another and gives students historical support for their personal artistic projects. Students interested in an art minor will be half way there after this dialogue. This program not only teaches video production and history, but also introduces mindfulness approaches that can help in all environments, educational and otherwise. By spending an entire month in a small town, students will get to experience the day-to-day of local Icelanders. By visiting small, local industry, they will also begin to understand how people make ends meet in a nation of 300,000 people.

  • ARTE 2500 - Time Machine: Site Sensitivity and Time in Iceland : (Exploring Creative Expression and Innovation (EI) and Interpreting Culture (IC) NUPath) Offers an intensive studio course taken abroad and taught by an art and design faculty member. Exposure to regional artists, history, culture, museums, architecture, and physical geography provide focus of study and creative exploration. May be repeated without limit.
  • ARTE 2501 - In this Moment: Icelandic Interface : (Exploring Creative Expression and Innovation (EI) and Interpreting Culture (IC) NUPath) Offers an intensive history course taken abroad and taught by an art history, design, or art faculty member. Exposure to regional and international artists, history, culture, museums, landscape architecture, galleries, material culture, and architecture provide a rich context for studying the history of art and design. Offers students an opportunity to understand narrative and visual components through detailed hands-on workshops and detailed creation of artistic formats, including design, text essays, photographic essays, temporary exhibitions, video art projections, and live performances as artifacts. May be repeated without limit.


Northeastern Tuition: $12,613
Dialogue of Civilizations Fee: $3,500
  • Northeastern Tuition and DOC Fee Includes: 8 Northeastern credits, international roundtrip airfare from Boston, accommodations for program duration, international security and emergency support, and program related expenses (local transportation, field trips, excursions and group meals)

Additional Estimated Expenses: $1,314
  • Students should anticipate spending the following out of pocket expenses during the program:  $1,053 on meals and $261 on incidentals.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Dialogue of Civilizations programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!


Additional Resources
  • Tentative Itinerary : This is a tentative itinerary for the DOC. A final itinerary will be provided to you by the professor in spring 2019.
  • Information Session : Tuesday, 11/20 at 5:40 in Ryder 264


Thingeyri is a picturesque town in the West Fjords. This is the oldest and most remote part of Iceland, where only 3% of native Icelanders have travelled.

The U.S. State Department lists travel advisories, local laws, alerts from the embassy, and other important information about Iceland here. Please review this information before applying.


  • Apartment: Students will share bedrooms with one or two students, and will be in a small house with 6-8 other students, with shared bathrooms and kitchens.

Host University or Organization

The West Fjords artist residency will provide studio space, and the local elementary/junior high school will provide classroom space.

Faculty Advisor