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

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Program Overview

The Spring Break in Iceland Intensive Course Abroad is week long program offered in conjunction with Iceland Design Mars. The course examines the importance of design and creative industries as a foundation to a strong overall economy as demonstrated through aICA Iceland Group Photo 2 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 economic crash of 2008.

Graduate Retail Management Students: This course provides a global perspective on retail, merchandising and product development based on the historical, social, cultural, political, economic, trade constructs, geography and raw materials available in Iceland.

This program runs every other year on odd numbered years. It is next scheduled for Spring Break 2021.


Undergraduate students will be registered for DSMR T380 Exploring Creative Economies for 3 credits during spring term. Students must leave room for the 3 credits in their spring credit load when registering for spring term, or will be billed for credits exceeding the 20 credit maximum.

Graduate students will be registered for RMER 575 Globalization in Retail & Merchandising for 3 credits during spring term. Graduate students will be billed for 3 Drexel credits at their normal rate.

Pre and Post Travel Assignmentsiceland buildings
Beginning week 6 through week 10 of winter term, students must participate in online modules and complete pre-travel assignments that may include: readings, research, discussion board posts, voicethread presentations and papers. Upon return students will submit a final project week 5 of spring term. NOTE - the final project may include a variety of components and drafts as noted on the final course syllabus.

Students will have direct access to Professor Anne Cecil, faculty in Design & Merchandising with for over 30 years teaching experience. Prof. Cecil has traveled to Iceland numerous times and is familiar with Reykjavik and Iceland and her people.

2019 Program Calendar

Arrival Date: Sunday, March 24th
Departure Date:  Saturday, March 30th
*Students will arrange travel on their own and meet at the designated place and time.

Tentative Itinerary Highlights:

  • Reykjavik Fashion Fest
  • DesignMars activities
  • Design Talks one-day conference
  • Northern Lights, Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, Reykjanes Penninsula

2019 Program Fee: $1,200

Due November 15, 2018: $500 Advance Payment + $25 application fee
Due January 15, 2019: $700 Final Payment
*All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.

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Included in Program Fee:

  • 6 nights double occupancy in tourist Stay Apartments
  • DesignTalks one-day conference + Lunch
  • Fashion Fest All access pass (3 days), including opening party.
  • DesignMars activities
  • Visit to some local attractions such as Blue Lagoon, Reykjanes Penninsula, Golden Circle, Northern Lights
  • On Call emergency assistance insurance

Not Included in Program Fee (approx $1100):

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

More Information

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

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 11/30/2018
12/03/2018 03/25/2019 03/31/2019

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This program is currently not accepting applications.