High School Abroad in Denmark

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Information for term High School Abroad in Denmark

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Aug 9 – Dec 16, 2023 (18 weeks)*

Application Deadline

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Jan 3 – Jun 10, 2023 (23 weeks)*

Application Deadline

July 15, 2023

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Jan 3 – Jun 15, 2024 (23 weeks)*

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Aug 9, 2023 – Jun 15, 2024 (44 weeks)*


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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 homestay 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.

The Take-Aways

  • Global Citizenship

    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.

  • College Readiness

    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.

  • said their experience with CIEE helped shape their college applications.

  • said they regularly use the knowledge and skills they acquired while abroad with CIEE.


Location & Culture

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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.  

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 Denmark.

Daily Life

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Daily Life

"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.

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  • Housing

    Hotel or hostel during orientation, then carefully screened homestay, found by Local Coordinator

  • Local Support

    Local Coordinator in area available for support, CIEE support staff available 24/7

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Sample Activities & Excursions

Orientation location may vary each semester, but they are always great opportunity to connect with other U.S. exchange students and tour an exciting city! Past participants have enjoyed visiting historic and beautiful Gothenburg.

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 homestay, 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. COVID-19 restrictions may limit options in 2021-2022 but past trips have included for example:

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.

Rovaniemi, Finland

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.

Please note this list of activities is based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to both adapt to local circumstances and participant feedback. For Fall 2021, local health and safety guidelines may not allow for overnight excursions or day trips. Participants will be updated as the program start date comes closer.

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 & Fees

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Dates & Fees


  • Be at least 15 years old by the start of the program and they cannot have their 18th birthday while on program
  • 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 Danish prior to departure

Application Fee


Priority deadline discount: Apply to a fall semester or academic year by February 15 and get a $400 discount. Apply to a spring semester by July 15 and get a $400 discount. Discounts are deducted from final balance.

Program fee includes iNext travel insurance. Full inclusions are found online.


Application Due

Start Date

End Date


Academic Year 2023 44 weeks Deadline Passed Aug 9, 2023* Jun 15, 2024*


Spring 2023 23 weeks Deadline Passed Jan 3, 2023* Jun 10, 2023*


Fall 2023 18 weeks Deadline Passed Aug 9, 2023* Dec 16, 2023*


Spring 2024 23 weeks Jul 15, 2023 Jan 3, 2024* Jun 15, 2024*


*Start and end dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Schools in this location confirm their academic calendar in late spring. Once enrolled in this program, our team will communicate the confirmed dates when they are published.

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