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Conttemporary Travel Narratives: Iceland

  • Course Travel Dates: May 14 - 18, 2018 plus spring semester class
  • Registration & Deposit Deadline: November 10, 2017
  • Program Fee: $1,700 (plus airfare)
  • Faculty Director: Professor Bindu Malieckal

During the spring 2018 semester, you will enroll in EN 373 Contemporary Travel Narratives and read travel narratives - all true stories - published within the last twenty years and in English. You will read Tahir Shah's fun-filled romp through India in Sorcerer's Apprentice; Christiane Bird's observation of Iran in Neither East Nor West; Michael Benanav's grueling trek through the Sahara in Men of Salt; a Honduran boy's harrowing ride on Mexico's trains in Sonia Nazario's Enrique's Journey; Suki Kim's expose of North Korea in Without You, There is No Us; and finally Sarah Moss's experience of Iceland in Names for the Sea.

All students enrolled in EN 373 Contemporary Travel Narratives will travel to Iceland which will provide you with a real-life experience to complement the reading about the country in Names for the Sea.  You visit the same sites that Sarah Moss describes in her book and be exposed to the history, culture, climate, geography, and people of Iceland.

EN 373 is an English elective and fullfils the Aesthetic Engagement and Global Engagement core learning outcomes. EN 373 is also a writing intensive course.

While in Iceland you will visit the following sites to descriped in Names for the Sea:

  • National Museum of Iceland
  • Old Reykjavik
  • Reykjavik Art Museum
  • Hallgrimskirkja (Church of Iceland)
  • Golden Circle: Geysir (hot spring), Gullfoss (waterfall), and ∆•invellir (parliament)

EN 373 Contemporary Travel Narratives will be taught throughout the spring semester with required international component in May, directly following the end of exams. By signing up for the course you are agreeing to take part in the international component and paynig the associated program fees. Travel dates: May 14 - 18 2018.

Eligibility: Open to all majors. There are no prerequisites for this course.

Transportation: A recommended flight itinerary will be provided to students registered for the program. The Office of International Programs will book a group flight for the program. The international flight cost is not included in the program fee. In country transportation will be on coach buses for excursions. Reykjavik is a very walkable city and the group will be walking to various cultural sites throughout the city.

Housing: The group will stay in a centrally located hotel in Reykajavik.

Program Costs:

  • $1,700
  • Airfare (individual estimate to/from BOS) $700
  • Meals: breakfast daily is included in the program fee; $250 is recommended for additional meals

What's included in the program fee:

  • Group airport pick up and drop off in Iceland
  • Accomodation
  • Breakfast daily
  • Cultural Activities and excursions
  • International health and travel insurnace

What's not included:

  • Airfare: $700 (estimate) - the Office of International Programs will book a group flight and bill students for the actual cost of the flight.
  • Passport fee: $185
  • Spending money

Payment Schedule:

November 10, 2017: $500 deposit due with registration
December 15: $1,200 due
January 15: flight cost due (est. $700)

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