Aarhus - CIEE Copenhagen Study Tour

Fall 2018

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Located on the east coast of the Jutland peninsula, Aarhus is the second-largest city in Denmark. Aarhus was originally a fortified Viking settlement, founded in the 8th century on the northern shores of a fjord at a natural harbour.

Today, Aarhus is at the cultural and economic core of the region and is the largest center for trade, services and industry in Jutland. Major Danish companies have based their headquarters here and the city is a hub for research and education in the Nordic countries; it is home to Aarhus University, Scandinavia’s largest university. As the Danish city with the youngest demographics, with about 50,000 inhabitants aged under 18, Aarhus is also the second-fastest growing Danish city, with an average growth of 4,500 people per year since 2008. Aarhus is also known for its musical history. In the 1950s jazz clubs sprang up around the city, and by the 1960s, the music scene diversified into rock and other genres. 

While in Aarhus will we learn about the city’s neighborhoods, growth, and urban planning. We will have the opportunity to take in a special lecture and tour of the Den Gamle By open air city museum and a special lecture and tour at Mosegaard, a newly renovated and award-winning archeological museum. We will also visit an international business.

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Lab tours and talk with CEO about the challenges and opportunities for start-ups.

The most important sites in Aarhus, including the cathedral which dates back to 1520, the Old Town, Aarhus University and the city’s cultural center. We will also see Marselisborg Palace, the Memorial Park and finally, the Port of Aarhus and Harbour front.


1800 and 1900s city life in Denmark. Living conditions for rich and poor, industrial and commercial activity.


Stone Ages through Middle Ages in Denmark.

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Dedicated to women’s history, gender, culture and politics. Special exhibitions include: Gender Blender, about gender and sex and society; Rødstromperne (Redstockings), about the 1970s women’s movement in Denmark; Children’s Lives, about boys and girls’ play, family life and development during the last 150 years.

Viking Museum

The Viking Aros exhibition shows a glimpse of the Viking town – based on the actual excavations at the exact location of the exhibition. The Viking Museum in Aarhus is a small “on site” basement museum under the bank Nordea on Store Torv in the center of Aarhus.The museum is visited by following the stairs, which takes visitors by three meters down where you can see the layers of waste from hundreds of years of urban life and construction. The years on the steps reflect the journey down through the soil layers, back in time to the Viking era.


Iconic architecture and modern art, in the center of the city. Permanent collection plus exhibitions, including: No Man Is an Island – The Satanic Verses presenting works from the ARoS collection as well as a series of distinctive works on loan. Aspects of this exhibit include people’s right to differ, Europe on the move, and how our view of humanity and sets of values – as individuals and as groups – are being challenged.


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.

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