Aalborg

CIEE Copenhagen Study Tour - Spring Block I

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Aalborg offers a rich history, cultural activity, and a spirit of innovation. The earliest settlements date from around 700 AD, and as the narrowest point on the Limfjord, it has been an important village during the Viking era and Middle Ages through to today. The nearby fishing industry, several institutions of higher education, agriculture-related industries, and many global companies make for a thriving northern hub. The famous party street, Jomfru Ane Gade, offers a thriving café and bar life for students to experience first-hand. We will visit Denmark’s national test-center for windmill development, the coastal area Thorupstrand, the largest fishery landing site in Northern Europe, WWII bunkers, Denmark’s only inland bird cliff, as well as the Viking-era museum at Lindholm Høje.

Sample Itinerary

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Friday

TRANSPORTATION TO AALBORG
We will take the bus to the Copenhagen Central Train Station and then meet the coach to Aalborg. There is also a ferry ride along the way. Arrival time 11:20 AM. We will walk from the bus terminal in Aalborg to the hotel.

Saturday

ALL DAY EXCURSION
We will stay as a group the whole day and a stop for lunch will be included. We will visit 3 sites outside of Aalborg:

Thorupstrand, where we will learn about cooperative fishing and how they drag their ships up on shore;

The National Test Center for Wind Turbines, where we will see the gigantic blades up close and learn about Denmark’s leading role in developing this energy source;

Bulbjerg cliffs, the only bird nesting cliff in Denmark and also home of some WWII bunkers.

Sunday

VISIT TO LINDHOLM HØJE MUSEUM
Check out of the hotel, bring your baggage, and board a coach for a visit to the Lindholm Høje Museum, where a guide will tell us about the Viking burial mounds and other archeological sites. There will also be time to visit the museum’s exhibitions.

Free Time Suggestions

KUNSTEN MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

This vibrant art museum offers a wide-ranging permanent collection of Danish and international artists, and a special exhibition of a total one-of-a-kind artist in Danish art history, Kurt Trampedach (1943-2013).

GRÅBRØDREKLOSTER MUSEET

This underground museum tells the story of a Franciscan monastery and the history of the market place, illustrating Aalborg’s Viking and medieval past.

BULDOFI CATHEDRAL

This more than 1000 years old cathedral has been through many transformations and is still used today. You will find fresco murals from the period around the reformation in the 1500s.

WHAT ARE THE STUDY TOUR LEARNING OBJECTIVES?

The intercultural learning objectives of the study tour curriculum—delivered in two parts, pre- and post-tour—are to promote cultural self-awareness, cultural literacy, and the ability to bridge cultural gaps. Through activities and exercises, students are encouraged to consider issues of culture, identity, values, beliefs and assumptions. Ultimately, students develop competencies to experience new and unfamiliar experiences without relying on stereotypes and heuristics.

Each study tour should achieve learning objectives in each academic track whereby students can:

ARTICULATE some of their own values and beliefs, and explain how these values and beliefs, as well as their experiences, have shaped their own views surrounding politics and international
relations in general.

RECOGNIZE diversity and difference within the local cultural context, and be able to compare and contrast this with the diversity that exists in other contexts with which they may be familiar.

IDENTIFY at least two ways in which practices surrounding media in the host environment are culturally-influenced and/or ways that media practices in the host environment impacts culture.

EVALUATE at least two ways in which social and cultural factors in the host environment have influenced values, beliefs, assumptions, or practices surrounding local healthcare.

DECONSTRUCT their own assumptions and values and analyze how these shape their views on international business. In addition to achieving learning objectives in the academic tracks a study tour presents opportunities to support students understanding the cultural beings of Self and Other. These include developing abilities to self-reflect and become more self-aware, increase their understanding of the salient values in their previous and current environment, and develop their capacity for the awareness of others in their previous and current cultural context.

Copenhagen, Denmark

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