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  • Locations: Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Drexel Spring Break in Iceland: Exploring Creative Economies

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Program Overview

The Drexel in Iceland Study tour is 6 and half day trip offered in conjunction with Iceland Design Mars. Generally the trip falls near or over Spring Break. The trip runs in conjunction with DSMR 399: Exploring Creative Economies, which is an online course required both winter and spring terms. The course will examine the importance of design and creative industries as a foundation to a strong overall economy as demonstrated through a variety of experiences. While in Iceland students will participate in Design Mars activities including gallery and industry visits, DesignTalks and Reykjavik Fashion week. They will explore place as inspiration, delving into socio-cultural aspects of Icelanders that help to define the vocabulary and tenants of Icelandic Design. Concurrently, they will investigate processes of making, selling and manufacturing creative product and services for local and international distribution. Emphasis will be placed on exploring how Iceland is using the business of design to create a strong and sustainable economy since the crash of 2008.

This program runs every other year (on odd numbered years). It is next scheduled for Spring Break 2019.


During their time in Iceland, students will participate in Design Mars activities including gallery and industry visits, DesignTalks and Reykjavik Fashion week in order to understand iceland buildingsplace as inspiration, socio-cultural aspects of Icelanders, Icelandic Design. Study will focus on the role of creative businesses in the creation of a strong sustainable economy.

Students will be registered for the online course DSMR 900: Exploring Creative Economies for 3.0 credits during spring term. Students must leave space for these credits in their spring term credit load or will have to pay for exceeding the 20 credit maximum. The 3 credits for this program are not optional. 

This program is open to all on-campus students. There are no pre-requisites.

Students will have direct access to Professor Anne Cecil, faculty in Design & Merchandising with for over 25 years teaching experience. Prof. Cecil has traveled to Iceland numerous times and is familiar with Reykjavik and Iceland in general.

Program Calendar

Arrive in Iceland:Thursday, March 23, 9:00am
Iceland Commitments End:  Wednesday, March 29, 3:00pm
*Students will arrange travel on their own and meet at the designated place and time.Dates: This program is scheduled to run during Spring Break 2017 and every other year thereafter.

Program Fee - $1,200 for Spring 2017iceland northern lights

Due November 15, 2016 - $25 application fee + $500 Advance Payment
Due January 15, 2017 - $700 Final Payment
*All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.

Iceland Scholarship
Two need based scholarships from $300 - $500 will be available to students after acceptance into the Iceland program.

Included in Program Fee:

  • 6 nights double occupancy in tourist class hotel
  • 6 buffet breakfasts
  • DesignTalks one-day conference
  • Fashion Week Entry
  • Industry site visits
  • Visit to some local attractions such as Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, or Northern Lights
  • On Call emergency evacuation insurance

Not Included in Program Fee (approx $1100):

  • Round trip flight to Iceland
  • Airport shuttle to/from JFK airport
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Spending money
  • Passport
  • Visa (if applicable)

More Information

  • Visa: American and Canadian students are not required to obtain a visa for this trip. Students of other nationalities should confirm visa requirements on the Iceland Embassy website.
  • The krona is the currency in Iceland. 

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.