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CIEE Summer in Copenhagen

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:



Copenhagen, Denmark




Overall 2.5 GPA; be in good standing with the University of Iowa

Application Due:

March 1

Program Cost:

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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.

Academic Program

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.

Applying credit toward a UI degree

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.

Cultural Activities

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.

Program Dates

Summer term sessions run as follows:

  • Session I (A): six weeks mid-May through mid-June
  • Session II (B): six weeks mid-June through early August
  • Session III (AB): twelve weeks mid-May through early August
  • Students can elect to do one session only or both.

    For More Information

    Steps to Studying Abroad

    1. Before initiating an application with CIEE, students must complete a Discover Study Abroad session at the University of Iowa.
    2. After completing the Discover Abroad session, students must call the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 to be assigned to the appropriate study abroad advisor.
    3. Once assigned, students must meet with their study abroad advisor to receive program application instructions.

    Study Abroad
    1111 University Capitol Centre
    Iowa City, IA 52242

    Phone: 319-335-0353

    The CIEE Global Institute in Copenhagen

    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.

    US Department of State Country Information

    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.

    Living Arrangements

    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.


    US Citizens

    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.

    Travel Arrangements

    Students make their own travel arrangements to arrive in Copenhagen. Information for arrival will be provided by CIEE during their pre-departure orientation.

    Local Transportation

    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:

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the University of Iowa
  • 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.


    Costs charged to the U-Bill

    Out-of-pocket costs (not charged to U-Bill)

    • Food (paid by student at their discretion while abroad)
    • Round trip airfare (paid by student directly to travel agent or airline- approx. 6-8 weeks prior to departure, before financial aid/scholarships disburse)
    • Local transportation (paid at student’s discretion while abroad)
    • Passport (paid by student prior to departure, before financial aid/scholarships disburse)
    • Consular and visa fees (paid by student prior to departure, before financial aid/scholarships disburse)
    • Textbooks, copyright permission fees, course packets, and other course-related materials (paid upoon arrival to your host country)
    • Medical exam/immunizations (paid by student as needed prior to departure, before financial aid/scholarships disburse)
    • Personal expenses and personal travel (paid by student as needed while abroad)
    • Rental or purchase of required cell phone- does not include usage fees (paid as needed while abroad)

    Cost Sheet

    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.

    PDFCIEE Summer in Copenhagen, Block I, Summer 2024

    Financial Aid & Scholarships

    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.

    CIEE has several scholarships available to University of Iowa students CIEE Scholarships specific to UI students.
    Please visit the CIEE Scholarship web site to find out more about their scholarships.

    How to Apply

    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.

    Application Deadline

    March 1


    It is highly recommended that students review the following information:

    Health & Safety Planning

  • Iowa Regents CISI Health Insurance Information
  • Health Abroad
  • Safety and Security Abroad
  • Visa

  • Schengen Visa Information Visa Information for Denmark
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark Visa Information for Denmark
  • Diversity and Identity Abroad

  • Race and Ethnicity Abroad
  • LGBTQ Identity Abroad
  • Students with Disabilities Abroad
  • First-Generationa and Non-Traditional Students Abroad
  • Orientation

    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.

    Online Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation

    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

    Program-Specific Orientation

    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.

    CIEE Orientation

    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.