Bornholm

CIEE Copenhagen Study Tour - Fall Block I

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Bornholm, a small Danish island located southeast of Sweden in the Baltic Sea, offers unique nature, history, and culture. Among Bornholm’s chief industrial activities are dairy farming and arts-and-crafts-based industries. Tourism is also important during the summer months. The island is home to an especially large number of Denmark’s round churches. 

Linguistically, geographically and economically, the island differs substantially from the rest of Denmark. The island is known as solskinsøen (Sunshine Island) because of its  weather and klippeøen (Rock Island) because of its geology. Strategically located in the Baltic Sea, Bornholm has been fought over for centuries, and the island also played an important military role in the past century’s world wars.

Our visit will introduce students to the history of the island as we visit a 12th century castle, and through into the 20th century’s strategic activities during the Cold War. We will see several villages and towns, as well as and one of the famous round churches. We will visit an agricultural company sustainably using local resources to create success-ful niche products.

Sample Itinerary

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Friday

GUIDED WALK
Guided walk in middle-age section of Ystad.

FERRY RIDE
Pick up your bags and take ferry transport to Rønne.

TRANSPORT TO BUSINESS VISIT, BORNHOLMS OLIEMØLLE

This successful business, based at one of Bornholm’s oldest farms, uses local resources and sustainable manufacturing practices, and is now focusing on an international market. 

Saturday

BORNHOLM TOWER
The Bornholm Tower was the easternmost listening post for Western spy activity during the Cold War. The tour will give an overview of Danish and international activities located there during those tense years between the Soviet Union and the West.

SVANEKE
Visit the village of Svaneke, including the internationally known Bülow Lakrids shop. 

ØSTERLARS CHURCH 
The largest and oldest of Bornholm’s round churches, Østerlars was built in the 1100s. 

Sunday

HAMMEREN LIGHTHOUSE, CRYSTAL LAKE, OPAL LAKE AND HAMMER LAKE
Board coach for visit to the nature preserve around the Hammeren Lighthouse.

HAMMERSHUS CASTLE RUINS
The largest castle ruin in Northern Europe, the oldest part of the fortress was built in the early 12th century to consolidate control of the island. For the next 500 years, Hammershus was the stronghold of the island’s various rulers. Explore the ruins and learn the history of the site at the visitors’ center.
 

Free Time Suggestions

OLUF HØST MUSEUM

The Oluf Høst Museum in Gudhjem boasts beautiful views and displays the home and works of Bornholm’s most famous painter (1884-1966).

BORNHOLM ART MUSEUM

Bornholm Art Museum is located at Helligdomsklipperne (The Holy Cliffs) about 4 miles north of Gudhjem in some of Denmark’s most beautiful and spectacular scenery. The museum offers a broad permanent collection and special exhibitions. 

 

HELLIGDOMSKLIPPERNE

Located 4 miles north of Gudhjem, hike the Helligdomsklipperne (The Holy Cliffs) and to the Døndalen Waterfall, Denmark’s highest waterfall. 

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.

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