UMW Digital Storytelling Abroad | Iceland

UMW Digital Storytelling Abroad

in Iceland


Program Dates

March 1 — March 10

Spring Break 2024


Register for this program by November 1, 2023. Registration is not confirmed until your deposit has been received.

View our cancellation policy.

(as of 9/27/23)

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Program Fees


$500 deposit due upon registration.
Final $4,499 payment due December 15, 2023.


  • International airfare
  • Accommodations
  • Some meals
  • Group excursions
  • International health insurance
  • UMW Education Abroad fee

NOT Included

  • UMW tuition (may be included in your spring course load)
  • Some meals
  • Personal expenses
  • Souvenirs
  • Immunizations
  • COVID-19 testing
  • ETIAS (electronic travel authorization) fee
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Health Information

International travel may require immunizations or preventative medicines. Please refer to the US Center for Disease Control’s Traveler’s Health Information Page for recommendations. The UMW Health Center provides free travel consultations by appointment, as well as travel information for UMW students. The Center for International Education recommends that each student have a personalized medical consultation prior to international travel.

This program includes significant amounts of walking each day.

Spend your spring break exploring the deep riches of Iceland with Dr. Jennifer Polack, Computer Science, and Dr. Lance Gentry, College of Business. Step out of the airport in Reykjavik, Iceland and you will be whisked away to nearby Grindavik. There you will plunge straight into Icelandic culture with a visit to the Blue Lagoon, the famous mountain geothermal spa. You may find yourself running around in a large, open field near the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, jumping in a circle, playing games to keep warm, and staying awake to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.  That is only the beginning.

Trip highlights:

  • Snæfellsnes peninsula: Eldborg’s volcanic crater, Gerðuberg cliffs, Hamlet of Búðir.
  • Fjord of Borgarfjörður: sweeping views of the Langjökull glacier and magnificent waterfalls.
  • Skagafjörður region: known for Icelandic horse breeding.
  • Goðafoss and Lake Mývatn area: mesmerizing lava field labyrinth and the ancient pseudo-craters of Skútustaðir.
  • Egilsstaðir area: if lucky, you might see some local wildlife, including reindeer.
  • East Fjords starting with Reyðarfjörður: French Heritage and WWII museum.
  • Skaftafell National Park and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon: oasis, surrounded by glaciers and black sand plains, offers a broad range of options for impressive hikes.
  • Gullfoss Waterfalls and the Golden Circle: witness the Strokkur geyser propel warm water in the air every 5-10 minutes.
  • Þingvellir National Park: where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet, creating this impressive landscape.


On the program students will stay in local hotels in double or triple-occupancy rooms.


In addition to the program travel during Spring Break, students will enroll in the Spring 2024 course CPSC 106: Digital Storytelling for 3 credits. The course automatically counts as Digital Intensive.

This course satisfies the Beyond the Classroom OR Diverse and Global Perspectives general education requirement by contract with the Faculty Director only.

Requirements & Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course. Students must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA in order to participate. This program is open to all UMW students regardless of major or year of study.


Faculty-Led Program Scholarships are available to UMW students (deadlines apply).


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