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  • Locations: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Program Terms: Summer B-Term
  • Budget Sheets: Summer B-Term
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Program Information:

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Location Copenhagen, Denmark
Academic Term Summer B-Term
August 2- August 31, 2018
Estimated Program Fee $4,950
Credits 12 UW credits
Prerequisites There is no language pre-requisite, but students must enroll in either a beginning, intermediate, or advanced-level Danish language course, taught onsite.
Program Directors Kristian Næsby & Marianne Stecher
Program Manager Katherine Kroeger |
Priority Application Deadline January 31, 2018
Extended Application Deadline February 12, 2018
Information Sessions TBD. Contact Program Director for more information.
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Program Description

Taught onsite in Copenhagen, this UW program explores Denmark’s role in today’s globalizing world. To explore Denmark in Europe today, this 12-credit intensive course engages four academic disciplines: Sociology, Cinema Studies, Literature, and Architecture. Denmark, known for social equity and humanitarianism, offers a distinct Scandinavian approach to the migration and diversity challenges that are currently facing all of Europe. This course will investigate the relationship between migration and diversity and Danish political and social institutions, as well as built environments. The course will also explore expressions of migration and diversity in contemporary Danish literature and cinema

The program engages the city of Copenhagen and significant cultural sites around the country as the classroom where students acquaint themselves with Danish culture and urban life. The program’s four one-week modules are taught in English by dynamic UW faculty and Danish guest speakers. Students will also participate in a three-week intensive Danish Language course at beginning, intermediate or advanced levels taught by Danish faculty at the University of Copenhagen.



Copenhagen, Denmark


Accommodation will be coordinated by the study abroad program and students will be housed in the Copenhagen metro area. Students will be housed together and the cost for accommodation is included in the program fee. When class time warrants a classroom, we will meet at the new University of Copenhagen campus in Amager. The University of Copenhagen is a bus ride away from the accommodations, or students can do like the Danes do and bike to class.



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 course, taught onsite.


12 UW Credits


SCAND 399: Foreign Study in Scandinavia (7 Credits)

This interdisciplinary course is divided into four one-week modules where each week engages a distinct disciplinary approach to help students understand and explore migration and diversity in Denmark today.Week 1 - Danish Society & Politics, taught by Edgar Kiser, UW. Examine the origins of contemporary Danish political institutions and society during week 1. Students will work to understand how political institutions and society 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.Explore significant new trends in Danish literature during week 2. Students will read texts by contemporary Danish writers who address migration, diversity, and Denmark’s national past in their literary works. The class will speak with significant current writers in the Danish literary scene.Week 3 - Cinema, taught by Mette Hjort, University of Copenhagen.Delve into issues of migration and diversity in recent Danish cinema in week 3 with Professor Mette Hjort, an internationally recognized film scholar and highly acclaimed Danish cinema researcher. During this week, students will also have the opportunity to meet and interact with contemporary Danish film makers.Week 4 - Architecture & Design, taught by Jennifer Dee, UW.Investigate Copenhagen’s history of architectural, industrial, and urban design in week 4. Students will gain an understanding of how Denmark influenced architecture and design on a global scale. 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:
Understand historical and contemporary inequities including those associated with race, ethnicity, class, sex and gender, sexual orientation, nationality, ability, religion, creed, age, and socioeconomic status.Think critically about power, inequality, marginality, and social movements, and promote effective cross-cultural communication skills. Gain familiarity with Danish culture and society.Explore interdisciplinary perspectives on current Danish issues.Attain a basic knowledge of Danish language as a tool to cultural understanding.Exercise skills of oral and written communication in a diverse disciplinary context.The SCAND 399 interdisciplinary course fulfills the diversity requirement by focusing on cross- cultural analysis and communication. Credits: VLPA, I&S, Diversity

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

Learning some Danish will give students greater insight into the culture of Denmark. The language classes are taught by Danish instructors at the University of Copenhagen’s new campus where UW students will join other international students in the classroom. The instruction involves communicative language learning in both spoken and written Danish.

Learning goals include:
Acquire a basic knowledge of grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary. Develop the skills to communicate verbally in everyday settings.Ability to read and understand some Danish news, radio, and televisionGain familiarity with key concepts and texts in Danish culture.Credits: VLPA




Kristian Næsby, Program Director, Department of Scandinavian Studies

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

Marianne Stecher, Program Co-Director, Department of Scandinavian Studies

Marianne Stecher (PhD, UC Berkeley) joined the UW faculty in 1991 as Professor of Scandinavian Studies and served as inaugural director (2005 - 2010) of the UW faculty-led Copenhagen Classroom, and the UW ScanDesign fellowship program. Marianne teaches Danish, Scandinavian Literature and European Studies, oversees the Danish Program, and is adjunct faculty in GWSS. Professor Stecher has published widely on major figures in Danish literature.



Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $4,950

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 - $800)
  • Food (about $40/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: July 6, 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 complete the mandatory 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.