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  • Locations: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Program Terms: Summer B-Term
  • Budget Sheets: Summer B-Term
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer B-Term 2018 01/31/2018 02/07/2018 08/02/2018 08/31/2018
Program Information:

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Location Copenhagen, Denmark
Academic Term Summer Quarter (B-Term) 2018
August 02- August 31, 2018
Estimated Program Fee $3,400
Credits 12 UW credits
Prerequisites None
Program Directors Kristian Næsby; Marianne Stecher
Program Manager Katherine Kroeger |
Priority Application Deadline January 31, 2018
Information Sessions TBD. Contact Program Director for more information.
General UW faculty led, 4-week Summer School program, taught on-site in Copenhagen Denmark.

Program Description

Copenhagen Classroom Migration and Diversity - Denmark in Europe Today

Taught onsite in Copenhagen, this UW program explores Denmark's role in today's globalizing world. This 12-credit intensive course engages four academic disciplines: Sociology, Cinema Studies, Literature, and Architecture to explore Denmark in Europe today.

Denmark, known for social equity and humanitarianism, offers a distinct Scandinavian approach to the challenges of migration and diversity which currently face all of Europe. The course investigates Danish political and social institutions as well as built environments in this context. The course also explores expressions of migration and diversity in contemporary literature and cinema.

The program engages the city of Copenhagen as the classroom in which students acquaint themselves with Danish culture and urban life. Additionally, the program will take students to visit significant cultural sites around the country.

The program's four one-week modules are taught in English by dynamic UW faculty and Danish guest speakers. Students also participate in a three-week intensive Danish Language course, at the beginning, intermediate or advanced levels taught by Danish faculty at the University of Copenhagen.



Copenhagen, Denmark




The Signalhuset kollegium is divided into sections, which resemble individual apartments. Each section consists of four single rooms, which share two bathrooms and one kitchen and small common area. The apartments are mixed gender. The hall of residence has elevators and a laundry facility. There is also a party room, which can be rented for social events.

Rooms/Size: The rooms are approx. 10-12 m2 excluding your share of the common areas and 20-25 m2 including your share of the common areas.

Here are a couple of student produced videos of what it's like to live at Signalhuset:
Videos produced by Olivia Parkinson



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

Copenhagen Classroom is an intensive four-week course. Students need to be prepared for and able to participate in long days, both in the classroom and outside in the city, including daily walking. Students are encouraged to bike around Copenhagen and experience the bicycle culture of city. There is NO language pre-requisite, but students must enroll in either a beginning, intermediate or advanced-level Danish language class, taught onsite.


12 UW Credits


SCAND 399: Foreign Study in Scandinavia (7 Credits)

This interdisciplinary course is divided into four one-week modules. Each week engages a distinct disciplinary approach to the focus of the course: Migration and Diversity - Denmark in Europe Today.

The program engages the city of Copenhagen as the classroom in which students acquaint themselves with Danish culture and urban life. Additionally, the program will take students to visit significant cultural sites around Denmark. The program's four one-week modules are taught in English by dynamic UW faculty and Danish guest speakers.

Week 1: Sociology Taught by Edgar Kiser, UW Danish Society and Politics
This week examines the origins of contemporary Danish political institutions and society and how they are being reshaped by migration, economic change, and cultural difference in the era of globalization.

Week 2: Literature Taught by Marianne Stecher and Kristian Næsby, UW
This week explore significant new trends in Danish literature. We will read texts by contemporary Danish Writers, who address migration, diversity, and Denmark's post-colonial past, in their literary works. New Danish writers will also speak with the students.

Week 3: Cinema Taught by Mette Hjort, University of Copenhagen
Professor Hjort, an internationally recognized film scholar, will investigate issues of Migration and Diversity in recent Danish cinema. Students will have the opportunity to meet and interact with contemporary Danish film makers. Professor Hjort directly engages issues of migration and diversity in Denmark today in her current research.

Week 4: Global/Local in Architecture and Design Taught by Jennifer Dee, UW Lecturer This week investigates Copenhagen's history of architectural, industrial and urban design as context for exploring Denmark's global reach in these areas today. In addition, the week will focus on urban design and development as affected by trends in migration and diversity in the Copenhagen metropolis.

Learning goals include:
1. Gain familiarity with Danish culture and society.
2. Explore interdisciplinary perspectives on current Danish issues
3. Attain a basic knowledge of Danish language, as a tool to cultural understanding
4. Exercise skills of oral and written communication in a diverse disciplinary context.
5. The interdisciplinary course fulfills the diversity requirement by focusing on cross- cultural analysis and communication
6. The course considers historical and contemporary inequities including those associated with race, ethnicity, class, sex and gender, sexual orientation, nationality, ability, religion, creed, age, and socioeconomic status.
7. The course activities encourage thinking critically about power, inequality, marginality, any social movements, and support effective cross-cultural communication skills.

DANISH 199/299/399: Foreign Study in Denmark- Danish Language Course (5 Credits)

This class consists of intensive language instruction classes. Danish is studied and taught as a foreign language for communicative as well as academic purposes. 

Learning goals include:
The instruction is geared to the following goals. (Only the highest level of instruction will achieve all of these goals).

  • Read and understand authentic texts: newspaper articles and other nonfictional texts and to some extent fiction
  • Talk about and discuss a range of topics of both general and academic interest
  • Understand and take notes on oral presentations in Danish on a number of topics
  • Understand the main ideas of radio and television shows in Danish



Kristian Naesby, Department of Scandinavian Studies, Program Director

Kristian Næsby, is the UW Visiting Lecturer of Danish, a position jointly funded by the UW and the Danish Ministry of Research and Education. Næsby holds a Master’s degree from Aarhus University, with an emphasis in literature and film, and has extensive teaching experience at Danish institutions, where he regularly led student study abroad courses. Næsby now serves as program director for the UW faculty-led summer program in Denmark.

Marianne Stecher, Department of Scandinavian Studies, Co-Director

Marianne Stecher, UW Professor of Scandinavian Studies, since 1991, and inaugural director (2005 -2010) of the UW faculty-led Copenhagen Classroom, and the UW ScanDesign fellowship program. Marianne Stecher is professor of Danish and Scandinavian Studies, as well as adjunct in GWSS, and oversees the Danish program at UW, teaching in Scandinavian Studies and European Studies. She currently serves as Graduate Program Coordinator for Scandinavian Studies and co-director for the Copenhagen Classroom.



Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $3,400

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1600)
  • Food (about $45/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: August 3, 2018

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans.  To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.



Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You must register for the UW Study Abroad orientation. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for an orientation session.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting:

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


$350 of the total program fee and the $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once a contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.