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  • Locations: Copenhagen, Denmark; Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: Augsburg applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
 “A good city is like a good party – people stay much longer than really necessary because they are enjoying themselves.”  
--Jan Gehl, world- renowned Danish urban planner 

Denmark Web BannerDenmark was a remarkable experience. Being able to explore Copenhagen (as part of the class, or individually) through a literary and cinematic lens was particularly fascinating for me. I wouldn't have been able to commit to a semester-long abroad program, so the length of this trip was perfect. It suited many of my interests, artistic and historical.  I'm nostalgic for the experience a year hence, and I long to return.

                                          --Jacob Miller, Augsburg student and alumni of the program

I originally chose the Copenhagen 2016 study abroad trip to complete an English course requirement, but the experience proved to be so much more than that. As an English major and book fanatic, being able to visit actual neighborhoods that were focused on in the assigned class literature was a whole new way to experience novels, short stories, and poems. The Sociology-aspect of the trip did not disappoint either, as Copenhagen is the perfect place to study powerful use of public space and city infrastructure, green architecture and urban planning, and elements that make a society have such a high standard of living. Being able to live in the "happiest country in the world" for two weeks is an experience you will be so grateful you had!

                                          --Collin Nesbitt, Augsburg student and alumni of the program


In this program, students will have the opportunity to learn about two amazing cities:  Reykjavik and Copenhagen and earn 8 credits at the same time! This two-course Augsburg Abroad experience explores the relationship between city and text; it is an interdisciplinary celebration of cities, with Reykjavik and Copenhagen and their environs as the sites of the celebration.   Students will access the artistic heart of the city by immersing themselves in the real-life locations of Hamlet, Copenhagen Noir, and major films. Simultaneously, they will tour Copenhagen (often via bike and public transport) to learn why it is a mecca of urban sustainability and livability with some of the most inspired public spaces in the world.  Several days of independent exploration and regional excursions are built into the program.  The program will also include a one-night stopover in Iceland, where students can explore Icelandic community life, explore its Viking history and storytelling (sagas). Reykjavik has a well-known and rich public culture around public geothermal baths that are known as true community-builders.  Join us on this exciting exploration and earn 8 credits at the same time!

Fast Facts

Program Dates:  May 18-June 3, 2018 
Credits: 8 credits in Humanities and/or Social Science LAFs 
Faculty and Staff: Faculty-led trip by Nancy Fischer and Doug Green
Apply by: January 31, 2018

Academic Calendar: Summer, 2018
Language of Instruction: English
Local Currency: Danish Kroner
Population of  Reykjavik: 120,900
Population of Copenhagen:  763,908 


Students take one English course and one Sociology/Urban Studies course on this program and earn a total of 8 credits.

ENL270/ENL395: Themes:  Denmark and Iceland through Literature & Film
introduces students to Iceland and Denmark--Copenhagen in particular--through the prism of literature and film.  We will read stories by major contemporary Danish and Icelandic writers that focus on the city and its seamy side, some classic Danish authors (H. C. Andersen, Dinesen/Blixen, Høeg, for example) as well as an Icelandic Viking saga, and some major films from both countries. We’ll also think about the most famous Anglophone encounter with Denmark: Shakespeare’s Hamlet. (ENL 395 is topics course with similar materials to ENL 270, however, in ENL 395 students must complete additional requirements arranged with the instructor.)
We will be using the book Copenhagen Noir, a collection of short stories by well-known Danish authors as our portal to exploring Copenhagen as both literary setting and an initial introduction to the urban fabric of Copenhagen’s boroughs (or “bros” in Danish) – each story is set in a different Copenhagen neighborhood.
SOC111/URB111 City Life: Intro to Urban Sociology is a course that teaches students urban literacy – how to make sense of cities’ design and the forces that shape it. Reykjavik, Iceland (a former Danish colony) is known as the world’s greenest city, with all of its power supplied by geothermal and hydro power. Copenhagen, Denmark represents the mecca of urban planning and livability. Twin Cities officials as well as urban planners from around the globe make pilgrimages to Copenhagen to observe how a chilly Northern city has become a place with one of the highest rates of bicycle ridership in the world (particularly for women). As evidence mounts that the millennial generation seeks cycling, walking and transit options over cars, Copenhagen is easily the most important model city in the world to visit at this time.

SOC295/URB295 Topics: The Happy Sustainable City
How does the way cities are built and designed affect the people who live within them? How can we design cities to promote a greater sense of physical, emotional and community well-being? And how can cities be designed in ways that reduce the use of resources, the production of waste, and that are more ecologically harmonious? These are the questions we will focus upon in this course.

Despite supposed Scandinavian reserve, Copenhagen’s public spaces have been designed in ways that have encouraged (and achieved) intense sociability; to visit Copenhagen is to realize what a rich public life and a good sense of community feels like. In the words of world- renowned Danish urban planner Jan Gehl, “A good city is like a good party – people stay much longer than really necessary because they are enjoying themselves.”  Augsburg’s students have heard a great deal about Copenhagen, they have read Jan Gehl, and watched short films demonstrating Danish cycling infrastructure. These courses will provide students with a prime opportunity to experience it for themselves. 

Program Activities

  • Visit a Viking settlement site and learn about Viking storytelling;
  • Experience the public geothermal bath culture in Iceland (Laugardalslaug Geothermal Public Baths). We may even be lucky enough to experience the aurora borealis which is known to be mesmerizing in this Northernmost city of Europe;
  • Seek out the settings of Danish films and literary works;
  • Explore Copenhagen’s neighborhoods and consider why Danes are known to be “the happiest people on earth";                               
  • Live as the Danes, bicycling, walking and using public transit to experience the city.  Learn some key words in Danish and how to use them;
  • Meet interesting people: Meik Wiking, the Director of the Happiness Research Institute, Danish author Niels Frank, and with Middle Eastern Studies scholar Dalia Abdel-Hady;
  • Visit author Karen Blixen’s (Isak Dinesen) estate which is now a museum and journey through Kronberg Castle where the play Hamlet takes place.

Housing & Meals

  • Centrally located hostel, The Generator, in Copenhagen.
  • Overnight hotel accommodations in Iceland.
  • Meals: Breakfast and some lunches and dinners included.


 Sophomore student in good standing at the time of the program or permission of at least one of the instructors.

Program Cost--Augsburg Undergraduate Day Students & Adult Students

Program Fee:          $3278
Flight:                      $1000
8 credits:                 $3360 
Subtotal:                  $7638
Global Scholarship:  -$2352 (based on 8 credits)
Total Cost:       $5286 (8 credits)

The Program Fee includes some meals, lodging, in-country travel and transportation and entrance fees. Students should plan to bring $350 to cover meals that are not included.  The tuition has been reduced because of the Global Scholarship awarded to you by the Center for Global Education and Experience at Augsburg University.

Students who receive Summer Pell Grants may apply their Pell funds to the cost of this program.

Additional Expenses

Meals                                                    $300-350  students will need to provide their own lunch about half of the days, and dinner most days
Passport (new or renewal)                 $135 (new) or $110 (renewal)  Students should renew if their current passport expires before December 2018
Meals during international transit     $10-$30     Meals are provided on international flights.  If you want a snack/meal in the airport, it is up to you.
Personal spending money                 varies        Consider your own want/need to buy snacks, souvenirs, etc.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.