Copenhagen, Denmark

January in Copenhagen

The Study of Scandinavian Happiness
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Information for term January in Copenhagen

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jan 2 – 22, 2023
  • Credit: 3 semester hours / 4.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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Spend January immersed in Danish culture and earning credits. Coursework is taught in English at CIEE Copenhagen and complemented with immersive co-curricular activities designed to increase intercultural understanding.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

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Unique Experiences

  • Find out why

    Denmark is rated one of the happiest countries in the world

  • Explore

    Copenhagen’s unique architectural mix of old and new

  • Live in a city

    designated the world’s first “Bike City;” even in winter

  • Position in the World Happiness Report


  • Number of Islands in Denmark


Location & Culture

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Copenhagen has transformed in the past decade, emerging as a "must-stop" destination in Europe. Fine dining, natural wines, and its reputation as an environmentally friendly city have earned Copenhagen top billing from foodies, oenophiles, students, and those seeking refuge in "the happiest country in the world." Despite playing host to more than 600,000 residents, Copenhagen retains an old-world, small-village feel, with more bicycles than cars traveling its streets. In what's widely considered to be Europe's safest capital city, students discover an endless array of cultural activities, history, architecture, and more.  

CIEE Copenhagen is located in the center of the city, roughly a five-minute walk to everything. CIEE Copenhagen offers a beautiful and very comfortable lounge where students love to work, hang out, people-watch, and take naps! 

CIEE wants all our students to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while studying abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter in Copenhagen.

Excursions & Activities

  • Visit contemporary art exhibitions to explore program topics in a cultural context.  
  • Tour the National Museum of Denmark to explore Copenhagen’s transformation from a Viking fishing village founded in the 10th century to a world leader in sustainability and innovation.  
  • Take a trip to explore Hamlet’s Castle in Helsingør - just one of many castles harboring the stories of Scandinavia’s past.  
  • Experience Danish hygge – a lifestyle trend described as a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.  
  • Take a short train trip across the bridge to Sweden and explore the young city of Malmø (where half the population is under 35), where its cobblestone streets, cafes, and shops will delight you. Get on the train again and Visit Lund – home of a 12th-century Romanesque cathedral and one of the oldest and largest universities in Scandinavia. 

Daily Life

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  • Housing

    Residence Halls: Most students will stay in a dorm room at a residence hall. The residence hall houses international students, local students, and young professionals. Each dorm room is equipped with a kitchenette and an attached bathroom, with single and double bedrooms. There are also shared common spaces; each floor has a large communal kitchen, multiple study and hangout areas, and gym facilities available.   
    Apartments: Some students may be housed in shared apartments with other CIEE students. Each apartment will have double bedrooms and shared common spaces, such as a kitchen and bathroom.   
    Accepted students can indicate a housing preference, but final housing assignments are solely at the discretion of CIEE. 
    The commute to CIEE Copenhagen will take no longer than 30 minutes from residence halls or apartments, either by biking or using public transportation. The distance from housing to CIEE Copenhagen can vary depending on where the student resides. 

  • Meals

    Meals are not included. Students may prepare their own meals in a kitchenette, or the residence hall’s shared kitchen facilities. CIEE provides basic cooking utensils and cleaning supplies. There is also a wide range of restaurants and cafes located nearby. 

Copenhagen, Denmark

Where You'll Study

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    The residence of Queen Margarethe

  • B

    The Little Mermaid


  • C

    The Royal Opera


What People are Saying

  • "It was an amazing experience both academically and socially. The CIEE not only provides us with an enlightening education but, also educates us on the world around us. I learned so much about Denmark, which played a huge role in my adjustment period."

    Jordan M., Colby College


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January students in Copenhagen take the required course, The Study of Scandinavian Happiness, which explores the unique circumstances of the Scandinavian and Northern European nations, their recorded levels of happiness, how happiness is measured, and what are the determining cultural, social, economic, and political factors driving a population's happiness. 



Language Prerequisites

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Program Requirements

1 CIEE course

Program Credit

Total credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter credits

Course Credit

CIEE courses: 3 semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours


Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Academic Culture

The program is made up of three weeks of classes with an intensive orientation beforehand. CIEE classes are designed to follow U.S. academic culture. Class attendance is strictly enforced both for classes and required co-curricular excursions. Each course covers a full semester of content, so the pace is accelerated, and the workload is demanding. Students should expect an average of two hours of preparation for each hour in class. To avoid falling behind, students should not plan personal travel out of Copenhagen when classes are in session.

Class Format

Courses taught at CIEE Copenhagen are for CIEE students only. Courses are taught Monday – Friday. Instruction is supported and augmented online by our learning management system, Canvas.


Assessment is based on the individual’s overall performance in the course, including essays, coursework, and final examinations or papers. Students must check with their professors to find out exam and project presentation dates. Under no circumstances will CIEE alter deadlines or exam dates for study abroad students who have made conflicting travel plans. The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Language of Instruction


Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.


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Course Information


Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.
"(GI)" denotes courses that originated at CIEE's Global Institutes and that are offered at multiple CIEE sites.

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.


Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

January 2023 Deadline Passed Jan 2, 2023 Jan 22, 2023
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $2,103 **

Housing = $1,200

Insurance = $47

Total Fees = $3,650

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $450

International Airfare = $1,250

Local Transportation = $85

Books & Supplies = $25

Personal expenses = $725

Total Estimated Costs = $2,535

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required by their US home institution to study abroad via CIEE's School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

r?ound-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, meals and personal expenses. In addition, your college or university may charge additional fees for study abroad, or may require you to receive a transcript via CIEE's School of Record, which carries an additional fee of $500.

What's Included

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What's Included

Pre-departure Advising
Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
Introduction to your program plus practical information about living in your host city
On-site Staff
Full-time program leadership and support in your city
Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
Travel Protection
CIEE iNext and a local liability insurance
24/7 emergency on-site support

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