Information for term High School Abroad in Denmark
Application deadline, and cost information.
Application DeadlineSeptember 15, 2019
Program Deadlines and Pricing Info
- Deadline: September 15, 2019
- Dates: Jan 3 – Jun 29, 2020 (25 weeks)
Application DeadlineMarch 15, 2020
Program Deadlines and Pricing Info
- Tentative Dates: Aug 9, 2020 – Jun 29, 2021 (46 weeks)*
OverviewClick to Open
Bike-friendly streets, music festivals and college-town culture make Denmark a big draw for students from throughout the world.
With its peaceful atmosphere and friendly population, Denmark is consistently ranked as “the happiest place in the world.” English is spoken widely here and it’s easy to meet international students as well as local peers. Youth from throughout Europe are drawn to its music scene and many festivals, featuring everything from jazz and classical to heavy metal and electronica.
Cobblestone streets, canal boats, green spaces on every corner, and colorfully painted wooden buildings create a picture-perfect backdrop for your studies. Here you’ll live with a local host family and be fully immersed in the Nordic culture — shopping, helping prepare meals, and dining most evenings together. On weekends you can explore further afield and even enjoy excursions with HSA peers in neighboring Sweden and Norway.
Explore amazing food markets, bakeries and cafes all around. Tuck into a traditional Danish smørrebrød (open sandwich), followed by a mouth-watering pastry. Embrace hygge and get cozy with a good book in a traditional Danish woven cardigan. Visit open-air museums and art galleries. Watch artisans engaged in glassblowing, bread baking, sculpting, or whatever floats their boat. Ride a bike, be happy, experience the Danish way of life.
After immersing yourself in unfamiliar practices and customs, you’ll become better equipped to interact with people from other cultures — in school, on the job, or in your personal life.
better prepared to make transitions, take control of new situations, and appreciate challenging experiences for what they are: opportunities to learn and grow. Language Proficiency
Our program provides students with 150 language contact hours in just a few weeks.
Studying abroad gives you the kinds of life skills that can’t be learned in a classroom — and shows college admissions reps that you’re already one step ahead in terms of initiative, maturity, and independence.
said their experience made them more aware of global issues.93%
said their experience with CIEE helped shape their college applications.79%
said they regularly use the knowledge and skills they acquired while abroad with CIEE.96%
Location & CultureClick to Open
The “happiest place in the world” is known for its medieval castles, major music festivals and four-star food scene.
Throughout Denmark you’ll find towns and villages with an old-world feel and cobblestone streets. Many have buildings dating to the middle ages. In cities you’ll find carefully preserved structures juxtaposed with modern architecture and contemporary art. It is a progressive country with an interesting mix of history and innovation to match.
Copenhagen is a clean and livable city with more bicycles than people! Borrow or rent a bike to experience the city like a local, or get your exercise by walking the well worn paths. It’s easy to get around and there are many parks for relaxation.
At the Amalienborg Palace, the official residence of the Danish Royal Family, you can catch the changing of the guards every day at 12 noon. At night, head to Tivoli Gardens, the historic park that inspired Walt Disney, to see its dazzling display of twinkling lights.
Ribe is Denmark’s oldest town, home to a Viking museum and a well-preserved medieval center. Climb to the top of Ribe's cathedral tower for an unforgettable view. Aarhus features the Old Town, a major open-air museum of urban history and culture. It is also a hot spot for foodies, having won and the title as European Gastronomic region in 2017, and has food markets and festivals for sampling local fare.
Daily LifeClick to Open
"Being an exchange student has helped me become so much more independent, courageous, outgoing, knowledgeable, and responsible."
Learn more about daily life on a high school study abroad program by reading our blog posts above.
Hotel or hostel during orientation, then carefully screened host family, found by Local Coordinator
Local Coordinator in area available for support, CIEE support staff available 24/7
ActivitiesClick to Open
Sample Activities & Excursions
Your orientation in historic and beautiful Gothenburg will start with a tour of the city, a possible visit to Sweden’s largest theme park, and some downtime to explore the Dutch-inspired canal system.
Most schools in Scandinavia do not offer extracurricular activities. Instead, students enroll in sports, clubs, and activities through their local community. Don’t fret – your host family, friends, and Local Coordinator will be happy to help you get involved!
Looking for adventure? You will likely have the chance to participate (at an additional cost) on chaperoned excursions throughout your program. Past examples of trips have included:
Lillehammer & Hafjell, Norway
Enjoy a trip to Lillehammer and Hafjell, Norway, for a four-night ski trip. Lillehammer is a classic winter destination in Norway and the ski resort of Hafjell is only a short bus ride away. Hafjell is a great location for both downhill and cross-country skiing and the Lillehammer area offers many other activities such as indoor climbing. Add an extra day to tour Norway’s capital city, Oslo, before flying back home.
A weekend in Denmark spent at the world-famous Legoland Park and Denmark’s biggest indoor waterpark – Lalandia.
A trip to the hometown of Santa Claus! Rovaniemi is located in the Finnish Lapland, north of the Arctic Circle. Here you can visit Santa Claus Village, see reindeer, and enjoy the beautiful and snowy scenery of Finland’s northernmost region.
What People are Saying
It's hard to realize right away how much you grew during an exchange, but now, slightly over a year later, I can really appreciate how my time overseas opened me up not only to others but also to myself. Being in another country, completely out of my comfort zone, helped me recognize which of my opinions and values are at the core of my personality, and which are mainly influenced by my surroundings. I feel more comfortable overcoming obstacles or adjusting, because I can be flexible while still staying true to myself.Jacqueline R., CIEE High School Abroad alumna
I learned things that aren’t taught in schools: what is really important to me, what I want out of life, and how to be more open-minded and confident.Sophie R., CIEE High School Abroad Alumna
Everyone is shocked to hear that I studied abroad when I was 15 years old. I’m shocked myself — yet, quite frankly, I’m shocked that it isn’t more common to study abroad in high school. CIEE gave me an opportunity that most people have never heard of. The program transformed me into the person I am today, with impeccable people skills and the ability to adapt to any environment. I owe a huge thanks to the CIEE program. I am proud to be a CIEE alumnus!Alex A., CIEE High School Abroad Alumnus
Dates & FeesClick to Open
Dates & Fees
- Be in their 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th year of schooling
- Have a minimum GPA of 2.5
- Demonstrate, through the application process, their flexibility, maturity, adaptability, and readiness to face the challenges of living in a new culture
- Although there is no language requirement for this program, students are encouraged to practice their Swedish, Norwegian, or Danish prior to departure
Apply six weeks prior to the deadline, and receive a $250 discount.
Program fee includes iNext travel insurance. Full inclusions are found online.
|Academic Year 2020 46 weeks||Mar 15, 2020||Aug 9, 2020*||Jun 29, 2021*|
|Spring 2020 25 weeks||Sep 15, 2019||Jan 3, 2020||Jun 29, 2020||
*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.