Office of International Programs

Art and Education in Iceland

Art, Culture, and Education: Iceland


Spring online course with a travel component

Travel dates: March 18-24, 2019

AED 299 (3 credits) 


This course is an innovative collaboration between USM and SMCC, building bridges between students from Maine and Iceland with a focus on the arts, culture and educational systems of Iceland.  Upon completion of the course students will be able to: identify, describe, and analyze the cultural underpinnings of art and education in the North Atlantic; examine and understand the fundamental pillars of both Icelandic and American schools (Literacy, Sustainability, Democracy and Human Rights, Equality, Health and Welfare, and Creativity); and critique and develop global competencies, while directly investigating and applying these new understandings in Iceland.

The students will travel to Iceland over Spring Break spending time in Reykjavik, and surroundings areas as we explore the art, culture and educational systems of Iceland.



Kelly Hrenko, USM Art Education

Dr. Kelly Hrenko’s current scholarship is within the field of integrated arts and multimodal creative literacies. She uses her position as a teacher educator in the visual arts as a place where several intersections occur; between art and culture, community and school; and interdisciplinary education. She comes from the Midwest where she worked in public and Native American BIA schools, assisting K-12 teachers as they work to integrate the visual arts and Native cultures across curricula.


Jean Whitney, USM Teacher Education

Dr. Whitney’s current scholarship is within the field of teacher education. She explores student-centered practices and ways to teach and support novice teachers to use such strategies and methods.  Her work has long focused on the inclusion of diverse learners, especially those with disabilities in K-12 schools and post-secondary education.  Her scholarship documents the use of communities of practice, undergraduate research fellowships, and universal design for learning as mechanisms to create inclusive learning environments, especially in STEM fields. A major emphasis in Dr. Whitney’s work is on collaboration-–both in inclusive learning communities as well as among education professionals.  Her teaching focuses on democracy in education; including students with disabilities; curriculum, planning and assessment for K-12 teachers; and research methodology.


Jeff Badger, Co-Chair and Professor of Fine Arts, Global Studies Center Coordinator 

Jeff Badger has taught in the Fine Arts Department at SMCC since 2006, serving as Department Chair/Co-Chair since 2009. He  launched the college’s Global Studies Center in 2016, and designed the college's hybrid study abroad program Global Classroom. He has received fellowships to attend faculty study abroad seminars in Mexico (2013) and China (2016). In addition to his work at SMCC, Jeff was the Study Abroad Advisor at Maine College of Art, and has organized international art exhibitions in Greece, Spain, and Japan. He serves as Vice President of Friends of Aomori, the non-profit that supports the Sister State relationship between Maine and Aomori, Japan.



The application deadline has been extended to January 7, 2019.

A complete application includes all of the following:

  • Signed, completed application form*
  • $200 non-refundable deposit (applied to the program cost) due with the application form
  • Typed 200-word essay expressing your interest in participating in the program
  • A letter of recommendation from a faculty member or academic advisor (recommendation cannot come from the faculty member(s) leading the program)
  • Official copy of academic transcript

Incomplete applications will not be accepted. You will be notified by e-mail of your application status. If your application is not accepted, the nonrefundable deposit will be returned. If the program is canceled for any reason by the USM, all deposits will be returned.

*If you are having trouble downloading the application, please contact us at (207) 780-4959 or and we will send you one. You may also want to try upgrading to the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.


Tuition and Fees

The approximate program fee is $2,500 - 2,800, not including tuition. The cost of tuition and fees at the in-state rate are in addition to the program fee.

The program fee includes accommodation, airfare, scheduled in-country travel, a bus pass, two group meals, field trips and international insurance coverage.

Not included in the program fee is the cost of tuition, fees, books, academic supplies, most meals, or other personal expenses. All participants on USM travel programs receive the in-state tuition rate regardless of residency.

All participants will be automatically registered for a payment plan for the program fee. The $200 desposit will be applied to cost of the program fee and the remaining balance will be due as follows:

50% of the balance due TBD

Remaining balance due TBD


Financial Aid & Scholarships

If you have questions about financial aid or completing your FAFSA, please contact the financial aid office at (207) 780-4166. If you are not a matriculated student at USM, please check with the financial aid office at your institution.