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  • Locations: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Program Terms: Summer B-Term
  • Budget Sheets: Summer B-Term
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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Affiliated Department: Scandinavian Studies Foreign Language Required: None
Primary Language(s) of Instruction: Danish, English UW Credits: 12
Estimated Program Fee: 4850 UW Program Director: Amanda Doxtater, Edgar Kiser, Jennifer Dee, Kristian Naesby
UW Study Abroad Program Manager: Darielle Horsey UW Program Staff Email:,,,
Program Information:

Location Copenhagen, Denmark
Academic Term Summer B-Term
08/03/19 - 08/31/19
*These dates have changed since the program was first advertised. If you have questions contact the Program Director.
Estimated Program Fee $5,300
Credits 12
Prerequisites None
Program Directors Kristian Naesby |
Program Manager Darielle Horsey |
Priority Application Deadline January 31, 2018
Extended Application Deadline February 15, 2019
Information Sessions TBD - Please contact program directors for more information
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Visas This country is part of the Schengen area. Note that there are strict rules and restrictions for foreign visitors to this area that may impact a student's ability to travel within the region before or after their program, or to attend two subsequent programs in this area. It is critical that the student reviews the information and scenarios here to learn more about Schengen area visa requirements.

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 five academic disciplines: Sociology, Cinema Studies, Literature, Language 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 literary 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 students will be housed at the hostel Annex Copenhagen in Vesterbro in Central Copenhagen. The students will be in 2-3 person rooms. Restroom and shower is shared and in the hallway. The Annex provides a good breakfest every day included in the cost. There is free Wi-fi in all rooms. 



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

None. Copenhagen Classroom is an intensive four week course. Students need to be able to handle long days, both in the classroom and outside in the city. Students are encouraged to bike around Copenhagen and experience the bicycle culture of city.


12 UW Quarter Credits


SCAND 399/SCAND 495: Foreign Study in Scandinavia: Migration and Diversity - Denmark in Europe Today (7 credits credits) VLPA, I&S, Diversity

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. Week 1: Sociology Taught by: Edgar Kiser 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 Kristian Naesby, UW This week explores significant new trends in Danish literature. We will read texts by, and meet, contemporary Danish Writers, who address migration, diversity, as well as Denmark's post-colonial past, in their literary works. Week 3 - Cinema Taught by Kristian Naesby UW and Kamel Benkaaba, University of Copenhagen This week is organized and taught by Kristian Naesby, the visiting lecturer of Danish at University of Washington. Kristian teaches SCAND 361 - Danish Cinema at UW. Kamel Benkaaba is an internationally recognized film scholar. With him students will investigate issues of Migration and Diversity, as expressed in recent Danish cinema. Students will also have the opportunity to meet and interact with contemporary film makers. 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:
Student Learning Objections: 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, and social movements, and support effective cross-cultural communication skills.

DANISH 199/299/399: Foreign Study in Denmark: Danish Language Course (5 credits) VLPA credits. All DANISH (DAN pre-fix) courses at UW satisfy VLPA 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. In accordance with a discursive view of language and a primarily cognitive view of language acquisition the courses integrate theoretical knowledge of lexicon, grammar and phonology in the process of developing communicative competences in modern Danish, spoken and written. Course activities and goals: understand and take notes on oral presentations in Danish on a number of complex topics, understand the main ideas of radio and television programmes in Danish; read and with considerable ease 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; with considerable ease understand others in conversation and discussion; express themselves clearly and to the point in writing Danish texts of various kinds (summaries, descriptions and arguments); identify, describe, and apply the majority of rules of Danish grammar and phonology.

Learning goals include:
Student Learning Objectives for DAN 199 (or 299 or 399) course: understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning; express ideas fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions; use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes; produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices; analyze texts in Danish with a view to describing authentic use of the Danish Language system, including morphology, syntax, and phonology.







Kristian Naesby
Visiting Lecturer, Scandinavian







Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $5,300

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)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: August 9, 2019

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.