Copenhagen, Denmark

Summer in Copenhagen

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Overview

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Experience Copenhagen at its best – during the summer when the days are long, the festivals are full-throttle, and the harbor pools are beckoning. CIEE’s Summer in Copenhagen offers students four, eight, or twelve weeks of study abroad in English, with courses across humanities, environmental studies, design, history, and more. Frequent co-curricular activities takes learning outside of the classroom and guarantees an authentic understanding of the history and culture of the Scandinavian people.  

Unique Experiences

  • Find out firsthand why

    Denmark is rated one of the happiest countries in the world.

  • Explore Copenhagen’s

    unique architectural mix of old and new while the days are long and the sun is shinning.

  • Live in the world’s first

    officially designated “Bike City” and explore it entirely on two wheels.

  • of Denmark’s electricity generated by wind power in 2017

    43%
  • km length of coastline in the small country of Denmark

    7,315
  • the number of years Queen Margrethe II has been ruler

    46

Location & Culture

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Copenhagen has undergone a transformation in the past decade, and has emerged as a “must-stop” destination in Europe. Fine dining, natural wines, and its reputation as an environmentally friendly city has earned top billing from foodies, oenophiles, students, and those seeking refuge in “the happiest country in the world.” Despite playing host to over 500,000 residents, Copenhagen retains an old-world, small village feel – with more bicycles than cars traveling its canal-lined streets. Students discover and endless array of cultural activity, history, architecture, and more, in one of Europe’s safest capitals.

Excursions & Activities

  • Take a day-trip to explore Hamlet’s Castle in Helsinør - just one of many castles harboring the stories of Scandinavia’s past.
  • Explore the National Museum and see how Copenhagen transformed from a fishing village in the 10th century to a world leader in sustainability and innovation.
  • Experience Danish hygge – a lifestyle trend described as a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.

Daily Life

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  • Housing

    Students will be housed from the options below:

    Apartments: Students are housed in shared apartments located throughout the city within a 15 to 20-minute commute by bike.

    Final housing assignments are solely at the discretion of CIEE.

  • Meals

    Residence hall and apartments: Students can prepare their own meals in shared kitchen facilities. CIEE provides basic cooking utensils and cleaning supplies. Students also may explore the myriad restaurants in the neighborhood.

Copenhagen, Denmark

Where You'll Study

  • A

    CIEE Global Institute

     

  • B

    Amalienborg Palace

    The residence of Queen Margarethe

  • C

    The Royal Opera House

    Five of the fourteen stories are subterranean. The main stage of the opera seats an audience of 1400.

Academics

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Academics

Students choose one, two, or three 4-week sessions and explore Danish culture and society in and out of the classroom. Courses are taught in English by CIEE faculty drawn from a variety of higher education institutions in Denmark and worldwide. Students can also opt for the 1-credit Communicative Danish Language course during a single session. In-class work is augmented with co-curricular visits to the city’s rich variety of cultural institutions and organizations relevant to the course offerings.

CIEE Global Institute – Copenhagen is located in the city center and features modern classrooms, a student lounge, and space for cultural and academic events. Students enjoy easy access to nearby shops, restaurants, and public transportation.

GPA

2.5

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

All students must enroll in one 3-credit CIEE course per session

Program Credit

Total credit: 3-4 U.S. semester/4.5-6 quarter credits per session

Course Credit

  • CIEE courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours per session
  • CIEE Communicative Language course: 1 U.S. semester/1.5 quarter credits; 15 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

Each course is a full semester in content, covered in a four-week session, so the pace is accelerated, and the workload is demanding. Students should expect an average of two hours of preparation required for each hour in class. To avoid falling behind, students should not plan personal travel out of Copenhagen during the week.

Class Format

Courses taught at the CIEE Global Institute are typically for CIEE students only. Classes are scheduled Monday-Friday and attendance is strictly enforced both for classes and required co-curricular excursions.

Grading

The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used. Students are graded on attendance, class participation, homework, project work, presentations, and midterm and final examinations.

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

English

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.

Courses

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Course Information

Course Notes

  • Students studying in Copenhagen for multiple sessions may only take Communicative Danish once.
  • “(GI)” denotes courses that originated at CIEE’s Global Institutes and that are offered at multiple Global Institutes and CIEE Sites.

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 Global Institutes and CIEE Centers.

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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What's Included

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What's Included

Tuition
Housing
Pre-departure Advising
Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
Orientation
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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Get Started

Here's what you need to do to take the next steps:
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    START AN APPLICATION
    You're one step closer to an amazing study abroad experience! 

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    CONNECT WITH YOUR CAMPUS STUDY ABROAD OFFICE 
    Share your plans and confirm you're on track to meet all required steps to go abroad. 

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    Contact Us

    Send us an email if you still have questions or need information about applying to this program.