Copenhagen water and buildings
Copenhagen, Denmark

Taking Climate Action

Summer '25 Applications Open

Social Change

Dates

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3 weeks

Costs

$6,950

Application Deadline

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Dates

-

3 weeks

Costs

$6,950

Application Deadline

Enroll Now

Request Information

Program Overview
Develop a blueprint for change from your home base of Copenhagen, set to become the world’s first carbon-neutral capital by 2025.  

See what it takes to fight for the planet and drive social change. Witness Copenhagen’s decarbonization initiatives firsthand: Learn about the giant wind turbines that dot the city’s picturesque seascape and visit the iconic power plant that not only turns waste into clean energy but also serves as a year-round ski slope!

Discover the evolution of climate policy in Denmark and delve into policies as well strategies for influencing public opinion. Talk about climate change with students from The Green Youth Movement. In the end, develop your own advocacy strategy to help tackle the biggest challenge of our time. 

Soak up daily life in Copenhagen and get to know Nordic nature. Swim in one of Copenhagen’s clean harbor pools. Discover the countless parks and canals and get a taste of Danish beach life. Outside the city, explore the renewable energy island of Samsø while enjoying farm-fresh strawberries!

The Take-Aways

Real-World Experience

Understand climate change policies and initiatives in Denmark and develop skills on evidence-based advocacy. Come home ready to influence public opinion on climate change.

Credentials for Your Future

Topics for your college essays, experience to inform your future career, and an Advocacy Strategy to document your skill at driving change.

Life Skills and New Friendships

Return with greater self-confidence, independence, and improved communication skills. Enjoy a broader worldview and friends of different backgrounds from across the U.S.

45

Hours of Expert Instruction

3

Weeks Pursuing Your Passion

1

Life-Changing Experience

The Destination
  • Girls in Copenhagen
  • Group shot of young people
  • Bike resting in Copenhagen

The Destination

Welcome to Copenhagen, Europe’s green haven. 

When you think green, think Copenhagen! This eco-friendly city is hard at work becoming a sustainable place to work and live. It’s rated the most bike-friendly city in the world and thrives on organic produce, open spaces, green oases, and clean water. A cruise down its pristine waterway envelopes you in the relaxed atmosphere the city is known for. 

Cosmopolitan and progressive, Copenhagen also retains an old-world, small village feel–with cobblestone streets and canals. Its castles and bell towers are a feast for the eyes. And there’s so much to do! Listen to the sounds of jazz in Nyhavn, Copenhagen’s entertainment district along the canal. Stop for smørrebrød and photograph the brightly colored houses that line the harbor. Enjoy the rides, games, concerts, ballet, and musicals at Tivoli Gardens, the world’s second-oldest amusement park and the inspiration for Disneyland. Experience Copenhagen’s foodie culture in Reffen, an artsy street market featuring food from all over the world. 

Here in Copenhagen—culturally rich and environmentally conscious—you’ll find the ideal place to learn about climate action. 

Cultural Awareness

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.

Daily Life

Daily Life

Monday–Friday 

Each day offers a balance between interactive instruction and cultural activities with time on your own, too. Morning classes and afternoon activities may swap places. 

  • Breakfast at the hostel/hotel or a local cafe  
  • Hands-on classes with expert instructors and local activists  
  • Lunch with your fellow Global Navigators  
  • Out and about for a Cultural Activity  
  • Dinner at the study center or out in the city

Weekends 

  • Overnight or day excursions to top sites  
  • Quality time with friends 

Check out the blog posts to discover more about daily life and excursions on program.      

Housing

Hostel/hotel, shared rooms with other Global Navigators

24/7 Support

1 Program Leader for every 12 students and support from local staff

Weekly Learning Goals

Settle into Copenhagen. Discuss the origins of climate change and assess current practices in waste management and energy conservation. Discuss climate and culture with Danish teens at Youth Island. Select a climate-related issue to tackle and start developing a strategy for action.    

Debate environmental policies and sustainability challenges for both the government and the private sector. Meet with local businesses, non-profit organizations, and activists fighting climate change. Take an overnight trip to Samsø, a local island and model community for renewable energy.  

Put your experience into practice and advocate for climate change. Finalize your strategy and present your proposal in a creative and evidence-based way.  

Program Blogs

From CIEE

Sustainability in Copenhagen: Urban farms and Neighborhoods

By Augustina Munter at CIEE

Join us as we collect bottles to return them at a grocery store and receive pant money! We also took a tour of two different sustainable initiatives in Copenhagen, ØsterGRO urban farm and the neighborhood of Nordhavn.

From CIEE

Community Dining and Museums

By Augustina Munter at CIEE

Visit the Danish Design Museum! We also celebrate a student's birthday and our week highlight was eating at Absalon, a community space where we had a communal dinner.

From CIEE

Danish Castles and Food Halls

By Augustina Munter at CIEE

Students visited Tivoli amusement park, ate at the Tivoli and Reffen food halls, and visited Youth Island! We had a week of fun and good eats learning more about democracy and sustainability.

Activities

Sample Activities

Bike tour in Copenhagen

Just imagine all the fun you'll have!

  • Tour the colorful landmarks of Copenhagen—tag along with a Danish language instructor to learn how to recognize street names and important words for finding your way in the city.   
  • Loop through Copenhagen’s canals and harbor on a boat—duck your head when you come to a low bridge!—and see people living on boats, the modern Opera House, a retired Danish submarine, the famous Little Mermaid statue, and palaces straight out of a fairy tale.  
  • Climb Copenhill, a zero-carbon trash incinerator turned into a ski hill, and take in gorgeous views of the city.  
  • Swim at Amager Strandpark, Copenhagen’s largest beach, known for its sand-sational manmade lagoon, promenade, water sports, and swans.  
  • At Tivoli Gardens, ride one of the oldest running wooden rollercoasters in the world, Bjergbanen, built in 1914!

Please note activities are based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to adapt to local circumstances and participant feedback. Our goal when arranging activities is always to enhance your experience.   

What People Are Saying

  • "It really helped me develop as a person and meet others from all over the country who are passionate about Climate Change."

    Aleeza S., Global Navigator Alum

  • "I loved all of our academic excursions: we went to an NGO, a climate activist group's headquarters, UN City, and several other places. Those were some of the most valuable academic experiences because it showed us what we could do as jobs or post-college options if we pursued climate change activism/policy."

    Mackenzie G., Global Navigator Alum

  • "CIEE was a life-changing experience for me, and I’m glad to have met so many friends along the way that I will forever cherish. It’s an awesome experience, and I’d easily recommend it to anyone."

    Jason T., Global Navigator Alum

  • "It was exceptionally well run, incredibly organized, and an extraordinary experience for our daughter."

    Parent of Global Navigator Alum

Eligibility

Eligibility

  • Participants must be 14 years old and above.
  • Program open to all current high school students: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. 
  • This program involves engaging in moderate physical activities. Students are expected to walk 3-5 miles/day.
  • For scholarship eligibility requirements, please check our scholarship page.

For more information, refer to the detailed Program Essential Eligibility Criteria.

Dates & Fees

Dates & Fees

Application Fee

$25 Program scholarships and tuition include iNext Travel Insurance, but do not cover the cost of flights. Find additional details about what’s included with your tuition.

More questions? Find answers, get application support, sign up for virtual presentations or contact us.

Program

Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Costs

Program Summer Session I 2025 3 weeks Start Date End Date Costs $6,950
Program Summer Session II 2025 3 weeks Start Date End Date Costs $6,950

What's Included

Interactive Classes

Housing

3 Meals/Day

(Dietary Needs Accommodated)

All Ground Transportation

(Once In-country)

Optional Flight Chaperone

(Flight Cost Not Included)

Pre-departure Advice and Orientation

Access to Local Phone and WIFI

All Cultural Activities and Excursions

Comprehensive Medical and Travel Protection

24/7 Emergency On-site Support

Our Staff

Our Staff

Robert Cassidy

Center Director

Robert Cassidy brings a background in neuroscience and extensive leadership experience in higher education. Originally from New Orleans, Rob studied biology and neuroscience in Washington, D.C., before conducting research in...

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