Why Study Abroad in Copenhagen

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Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, is a unique urban eco-city with lots of fascinating attractions and activities. A Copenhagen study abroad opportunity will leave you with lasting memories and an appreciation for the Danish culture.  

If the “City of Spires” is calling you, let’s dig into why studying abroad in this vibrant, historic, and stunning European capital is worth it. 

Five Reasons to Study Abroad in Copenhagen  

There are many reasons why studying abroad in Copenhagen is the perfect opportunity for you, but we’ve been able to condense our thoughts into just five (but trust us, there are plenty more!)  

Reason #1: You’ll learn all about Copenhagen’s eco-friendly practices.  

Once upon a time in the 10th century, Copenhagen was a Viking fishing village. Fast forward a few centuries and it has become a world leader in sustainability and innovation and is today considered Europe’s Green Capital. In fact, throughout the city, you’ll find more bikes than cars, hence its nickname “Bike City.” 

A few other fun facts about eco-conscious Copenhagen:  

Explore Copenhagen’s innovative practices and take note; this eco-friendly city is paving the way for a more sustainable future.   

copenhagen students on a biking excursion

Reason #2: You’ll discover Viking history and culture. 

Denmark’s unique Viking history has shaped its culture. And it’s quite an interesting history to learn.  

The first humans in Denmark were hunters and fishermen who innovatively cultivated farmland, stone tools, and weapons and eventually created comprehensive trade connections with the Roman Empire.  

Vikings were known to be violent crusaders, conducting raids, and forcibly establishing settlements throughout parts of Europe. After several failed alliances and country reform, Denmark became the peaceful nation it’s known as today. Remaining neutral in both World War I and World War II, post-war Denmark built an elaborate economy and is a staunch defender of democracy and human rights. Of course, Denmark’s history is much more complicated than this brief synopsis.  

With CIEE, you’ll have a chance to really dive into this history and culture, including visits to sites significant to Copenhagen’s Viking heritage, like the National Museum of Denmark and the Viking Ship Museum.  

Reason #3: You’ll explore Copenhagen’s natural landscapes.  

You simply won’t believe the views here. Denmark is home to 406 islands (yes, really) and more than 20,000 miles of coastline, offering panoramic sea views and breathtaking natural attractions. During a Copenhagen study abroad program, make sure to check out the following (and bring your camera with you!): 

  • Thy National Park 
  • Møns Klint 
  • Råbjerg Mile  
  • Rubjerg Knude 
  • Jægersborg Deer Park  
  • Grenen sea 
  • Rold Forest 
  • Svanninge Hills 
  • Wadden Sea 
  • North Bornholm and Hammershus islands  

You’ll never run out of sights to see during your visit to Copenhagen! 

interns in copenhagen denmark enjoying pastries and coffee

Reason #4: You’ll embark on seemingly endless excursions.  

We offer a ton of excursions during our Copenhagen study abroad program. Although we may be biased, they’re pretty awesome. Here are just a few of the stamps in our passport:   

  • A trip to Hamlet’s Castle in Helsingør: An imposing castle significant to Scandinavian history  
  • A journey to Stevns Klint: A fossil-rich coastal cliff with evidence of meteorites  
  • A trip to Malmø: A young city where half the population is under age 35 and its city limits are lined with cobblestone streets and an abundance of cafes and shops 
  • A visit to Lund: A unique city home to a 12th-century Romanesque cathedral  

These are only a handful of our excursions; trust us when we say you’ll be staying busy in Copenhagen.  

Reason #5: Experience Danish hygge. 

Denmark is rated one of the happiest countries in the world. Why? Their cultural “hygge” plays a big part!  

Hygge” refers to the values of Danish society: equality and the well-being of all people. It also can be interpreted to mean the practice of creating a warm atmosphere and generally enjoying life with good people. That’s why the country is well known for its accepting ambiance; the country is considered one of the most LGBTQ+-friendly cities in the world!  

The concept is even evident in the city’s architecture and design, purposefully curated to feel cozy and “hyggelig.”  

If you’re looking for a beautiful city with warm people, Copenhagen is perfect.  

study abroad students in copenhagen exploring old town

Find Your Dream Copenhagen Study Abroad Program 

Are you ready to hop on a flight to Denmark yet? Us too! But first, take note of our programming offerings and some key points:  

  • Program length: six, 12, or 18 weeks 
  • Course Highlight: Beer—The Business of Brewing and Climate Change Science and Policy 
  • Credit: 6-7 credits per Block semester hours or 9-10.5 hours per Block quarter hours  
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA 


  • Program length: Three weeks 
  • Course Highlight: The Study of Scandinavian Happiness 
  • Credit: 3 semester hours or 4.5 quarter hours 
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA 
  • Program length: Four, eight, or 12 weeks  
  • Course Highlight: Media, Gender and Identity and Vikings in the Conquest of Europe  
  • Credit: 6-7 per Block semester hours or 9-10.5 per Block quarter hours 
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA 

Slightly different than a traditional study abroad program, our Global Internship opportunity in Copenhagen is designed to help you gain real-world experience in a sustainable and vibrant business hub. You’ll have the chance to: 

  • Take advantage of resume help and interview tips 
  • Explore your own career path through workshops on personal branding, networking, and more  
  • Examine and develop transferable skills.  

There are a lot of different ways to complete your Global Internship – make sure to check out all the options to find a program that works best for your personal and career goals.  

open mic night during study abroad in copenhagen

Study in Copenhagen Tips 

After you’ve chosen a program that works best, take note of a few other tips we’ve compiled for when you study abroad in Copenhagen: 

  • Denmark can be expensive. While the CIEE fee covers tuition, housing, 24/7 support, and more (plus our scholarship and grant opportunities), you’ll need to make sure to have extra cash on hand for things like meals, drinks, museum fees, and gifts.  
  • It’s usually windy in Copenhagen. Make sure to pack warm clothing and don’t wear a hat that can easily take flight!  
  • Follow Copenhagen’s sustainable lead. Keep a reusable water bottle on you, walk and bike when possible, and never litter. Europe’s Green Capital is intended to stay that way!  

Get on Your Way 

Studying abroad in Copenhagen will be an experience like no other. Take the next step and remember to bring some hygge back with you!