Iceland: The Land of Fire and Ice

Iceland: The Land of Fire and Ice

Iceland, a Nordic island nation, is defined by its dramatic landscape with volcanoes, geysers, hot springs, glaciers, black sand beaches and lava fields.

Most of the population lives in the capital, Reykjavik, which runs on geothermal power and is home to the National and Saga museums, tracing Iceland’s Viking history. During the program, you’ll have the opportunity to explore both the natural landscapes and historical elements of Iceland. 

Dates May 20-27, 2017 • $1,818*
Class: Honors Program

*In November, all students can apply online for the $500 Faculty-led program stipends. Freshman can apply for the $1,000 Freshman Experience Grant. St. Joseph’s College has subsidized the honors study abroad program. 

Honors Program Details

The Long Island Campus of St. Joseph’s College offers eligible entering freshman students the opportunity to participate in a three-semester honors program as part of their bachelor’s degree.

The program provides an enriched and rigorous academic experience, meeting the special needs of those students who have demonstrated extraordinary academic accomplishment and ability and who are committed to achieving their full potential.

St. Joseph’s College recognizes that some students have additional needs due to their superior achievements and intense desire for knowledge. The honors program offers these gifted academic students a community within our larger community. While these students do share some common classes within the honors program, they also take courses outside the program based on their personal choices each semester. This offers them the perfect balance of academic challenge, community, and flexibility to explore new areas and meet new people.

Program Cost and Deadlines

In November, all students can apply online for the $500 Faculty-led program stipends. Freshman can apply for the $1,000 Freshman Experience Grant.

All deposits are non-refundable . Failure to make payment in accordance with the deadlines could result in the office terminating the participant's enrollment in the program.  

$500 deposit, online application (link below), and uploaded passport or proof of passport application are due on Tuesday, December 1, 2016: Allow at least 6 weeks for passport processing.

The price includes:

  • Accommodations 
  • All airport taxes, security fees and fuel surcharges
  • Museum and Entrance Fees
  • Roundtrip airfare
  • All gratuities

The price does not include:

  • Transportation to/from JFK
  • Additional increases in taxes and fuel surcharges at the time of ticketing
  • Additional activities or optional trips
  • Personal expenses such as Wi-fi, phone, and souvenirs
  • Currency fluctuation
  • Exceeding the airline’s baggage allowance


Itineraries and price are subject to change.

May 20: Depart JFK

May 21: Arrive in Iceland. City tour of Reykjavik and blue lagoon

May 22: Golden Circle and Skalholt- visit the Gulfoss Waterfall, Great Geysir, and Langjokull Glacier

May 23: Free day in the city of Reykajavik. Recommended activities include going to the flea marketing, neighborhood hot pool, sampling hakarl

May 24: Borgarnes and Borgarjorour - visit settlement center, and an area full of green fields and lava fields

May 25: Explore the black sand beaches and Skogafoss waterfall

May 26: Museum visits

May 27: Whale watching

May 28: Return to JFK

How to Apply

Directions for applying online:  

  1.  Log in to the portal and check off private computer
  2.  Open up your email so you do not time out 
  3.  Click here for the application
  4.  Follow the "St Joseph’s Study Abroad Program" checklist

Priority is given to earliest applications. When you submit your deposit, also make sure that you have submitted your Global Studies portal Study Abroad Application form, a copy of your passport, medical insurance card and $500 non-refundable a non-refundable deposit by Monday December 5, 2016

Allow at least 6 weeks for passport processing.

Go to the Global Studies Office, in the Global and Experiential Center- Room 3, O'Connor Hall with your payment. Make all checks payable to St. Joseph's College with a note in the memo line: “Iceland” and the student name. In order to guarantee enrollment in the program, these deadlines must be met.

For more information please contact:

Office of Global Studies 
Room 3, O'Connor Hall, off the Student Hospitality Lounge
631.687.1280 or