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CIEE's Summer in Copenhagen offers UI students the opportunity to experience Copenhagen when the days are long, the festivals are full-throttle, and the harbor pools are beckoning. Through frequent co-curricular activities that take learning outside of the classroom students get an authentic understanding of the history and culture of the Scandinavian people while studying business, environmental science, or history. The program is administered by the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) on behalf of a consortium of which The University of Iowa is a member. Participants join a group of students from other U.S. colleges and universities.
Students receive University of Iowa resident credit for the courses taken on this program.
Students can earn 6 s.h. to 7 s.h. per summer session. English-taught courses offered at CIEE Copenhagen include the following subject areas: environmental studies, public health, sociology, communications, and history. Students also have the option to take Survival Danish each 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. For updated course offerings, descriptions, and syllabi, visit CIEE Summer in Copenhagen Program website.
Unless UI Study Abroad has an approval on file for the courses you take abroad to be applied toward a specific major, minor, certificate, or general education requirement, you will receive general elective credit for your course. The course approval process will be discussed when you meet with your study abroad advisor.
Ample activities and excursions will be offered to immerse students in Danish culture and historical heritage. They may include dinner with a Danish family to experience hygge, (described as a quaility of coziness that engenders a feeling of contentment), or a visit to the National Museum to experience Copenhagen's transformation from a Viking fishing village to a world leader of sustainability and innovation, or a day-trip to Hamlet's castle in Helsingør.
Summer term sessions run as follows:
Students can elect to do one session only or both.
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The CIEE Global Institute is in the heart of Copenhagen. Within walking distance is the Rundetaarn, or The Round Tower, the National Museum of Denmark, Rosenborg Castle, Trivoli Gardens and the Lego store. Students learn in modern classrooms at the Global Institute. All courses are taught in English by CIEE faculty.
Copenhagen is a modern city with a high standard (and cost) of living. It maintains its historic downtown, with buildings dating back to the 1400s, an interesting contrast to the modern developments full of architectural experiments. A population of two million people may seem large, but in fact the city is quite easy to navigate. This is in large part due to the public system of transportation. Copenhagen is an increasingly multi-ethnic and tolerant city that attracts people from many different countries and cultures. Students and visitors to the city generally find an open and accepting attitude towards many issues considered controversial in the United States.
The country is defined by water: surrounded by the North Sea and the Baltic, islands, harbors and beaches define the landscape. The ocean voyages and conquests of the Vikings are legendary, but Copenhagen is also the region’s air transportation hub. Perhaps because of its mix of small and cozy (“hygge”), rural and urban, tradition and modern, Denmark is famously ranked one of the happiest places on earth even though it has the highest taxes in the world. In Denmark, culture has been described by these three aspects of Danish life: simplicity, politeness, and equality.
The US Department of State provides safety and security information for every country of the world to help you assess for yourself the risks of travel. Each country information page contains a Travel Advisory, Alerts, and other important details specific to that country that could affect you.
Pay close attention to the entry and exit requirements, local laws and customs, health conditions, and other details to help decide whether traveling to any given country is right for you. Non-US citizen travelers may also wish to seek guidance from the embassy of their country of citizenship. The UI International Travel Policy for Students addresses restrictions on student travel to high-risk locations and engagement in high-risk activities abroad.
Students will be housed in two different options. Students may live in a residence hall. Students share a furnished room with another CIEE student in a student dormitory. Residences are located throughout the city within a 20 minute commute by bike to the CIEE Copenhagen Center. No meals are provided, rather students prepare their own meals in their kitchenette or residence hall's shared kitchen facility. CIEE provides basic cooking utensils and cleaning supplies. Students may stay with a Danish family and become part of their daily routine. Family homestays are located within 30-40 minute commutes by either bike or public transport form the CIEE Center. Students who stay with families eat most of their meals with the family or may prepare their own meals at the house/apartment where they are living. Homestay availability is limited and final housing assignments are solely at the discretion of CIEE.
If you do not have a passport, it is important that you apply for one as soon as possible to ensure you receive it before the program begins. US citizens can find more information about how to apply for a passport on the US Department of State’s website.Students with a valid passport should check the expiration date. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months AFTER the anticipated return to the US from studying abroad. If your passport is not valid for at least 6 months after your anticipated date of return to the US, you must renew your passport before applying for a visa or leaving the United States.
US citizens can find more information about how to renew a passport on the US Department of State’s website.
Students make their own travel arrangements to arrive in Copenhagen. Information for arrival will be provided by CIEE during their pre-departure orientation.
Approximately 45% of all people in the capital commute by bike every day. If biking isn’t your thing, Copenhagen has an efficient fully automatic subway and a well-functioning bus and commuter train system.
This program is open it UI students who fulfill the following requirements:
Good academic and disciplinary standing - It is the policy of the UI Study Abroad office that all students who study abroad must be in both good academic standing and good disciplinary standing at the time of their application. Students who, even after being accepted into a program, are put on either academic and/or disciplinary probation for any period of time overlapping with the study abroad program dates are ineligible to study abroad. In these cases, students must forfeit their acceptance and will not be allowed to study abroad. Any student who must forfeit their acceptance and/or attendance on a study abroad program due to a probationary status is wholly responsible for any and all financial expenses incurred.
The cost sheet outlines the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program and can be used for financial aid and planning purposes. They include fees charged on students’ U-Bill as well as out-of-pocket expenses. Actual out-of-pocket expenses will vary from individual to individual. Quoted estimates are conservatively high, yet realistic.
Costs for future sessions are usually similar to the current session, however students can expect a modest increase in overall costs each session.
Most financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) is applicable to study abroad programs. Please check the Study Abroad website for information on financial aid and how it may be applied to studying abroad. You are also encouraged to speak with someone at the Office of Student Financial Aid to explore financial aid options. Scholarship opportunities exist for study abroad participants. Please explore Study Abroad’s websites for UI Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities, and Non-UI External Awards.
Interested students should make an appointment with the designated UI Study Abroad advisor to discuss the program and the application process. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 319-335-0353. During the appointment, the advisor will provide full application instructions. Note: Application materials will not be reviewed unless a student has already met with the advisor to discuss the program.
The application process consists of the following steps:
• Complete the UI Online Application for Study Abroad. Applicants will be charged a $50 non-refundable application fee. As part of the UI Online Application for Study Abroad, applicants will need to upload a copy of their passport picture page and a list of courses to take while abroad.
• Complete the CIEE Online Application.
It is highly recommended that students review the following information:
In order to prepare for your time abroad, you are required by the University of Iowa to complete two orientations. In addition to orientations provided UI Study Abroad, CIEE may have other required pre-departure orientations and information. Please see below for more information.
You are required to complete the International Programs online “Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation” course distributed through ICON prior to departure. This orientation is mandatory for all students going abroad under the auspices of the University of Iowa. It covers many practical matters about living overseas, such as health and safety, communication, money, goals and much more. You will be enrolled in this course by International Programs and an email will be sent to you once enrolled. If you have any questions you can email email@example.com.
This orientation will be facilitated by your study abroad advisor and will cover content specific to the University of Iowa including, but not limited to, billing, insurance, the Credit Approval Form (CAF), and transcripts. It could be conducted in a group setting or one-on-one depending on the type of planned activity abroad. Your study abroad advisor will send you more information about this mandatory in-person session.
Students start their study abroad experience before leaving the United States with CIEE’s Online Pre-departure Orientation. Students and the Resident staff meet online to discuss information about the academic program and the city that students will soon be living in. Resident staff also highlight issues that program alumni have said are important and they give students time to ask questions. In addition to this orientation, students will have mandatory orientation sessions conducted in Copenhagen at the beginning of the program.