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Folklore in Iceland

Term To Study: Summer 2012
Application Deadline: Apr 01, 2012
Program Starts: Jun 01, 2012
Program Ends: Aug 15, 2012
Program Category: One-Country
Program Type: Faculty-led
Program Fee: $3,800
Program Locations: Reykjavik
Contact Phone: 703-441-7878
Contact Name: Dr. Vigor Rasgarmassen
Contact Email:
What is Included: - tuition for 6 credits (two classes)
- accommodations in Iceland (double occupancy)
- group excursions
- emergency medical insurance
What is not Included: - passport
- roundtrip airfare
- meals
- personal expenses
Program Description

HUM 215: Folklore in Iceland
HIS 275: History of Iceland

This program is set in the mystical and magical country of Iceland, a scenic wonderland of crystal clear waters, jagged mountains, gysers and glaciers, and home to the adorable puffin.

Folklore (proverbs, riddles, songs, stories, beliefs, customs, folk craft and folk art) is a window into a group's worldview. This course will survey the different genres of folklore and kinds of groups which maintain folklore traditions. A variety of theories and methods applied in folklore studies during the past two centuries will be introduced in readings and lectures.

Students will explore the history of civilization arriving in Iceland, with fact and folklore of the Vikings. Furthermore, throughout history, Iceland has maintained a colorful and magical folklore enjoyed by young and old.

Practice your story-telling skills and perform a chosen story to local children.

Taught by Dr. Vigor Rasgarmassen, a specialist in researching and performing Icelandic folklore and Professor of History at Icelandic Coast University.

This course will be appealing to students from the following majors: English, Education, History, and Drama, among others.

Students will be housed in a traditional European-style bed and breakfast guesthouse. Student housing is in walking distance of downtown Reykjavik. All rooms are double occupancy with two beds. Students are not allowed to have guests stay in their room.

All local transportation for group activities and excursions is included in the program fee.

Quick Facts

Population: 313183
Capital: Reykjavik
Per-capita GDP: $ 38500
Size: 103000 km2
Time Zone: (GMT) Dublin

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