Hygge is a Danish word for embracing all warmth and feeling total happiness in a moment. This word embodies everything about the culture, people, and atmosphere of Denmark. Choosing a high school abroad program in Denmark, you are sure to experience the meaning of hygge often. From the interesting food, Viking history, and beautiful scenery, Denmark will provide amazing opportunities for high school students who want to travel or study abroad.

In Denmark, you can study politics and the important role Denmark plays as the bridge between Europe and Scandinavia, live with a host family and immerse yourself in the Danish culture, or even study fashion. Don’t worry about the language barrier, because of its small size and difficult language, most Danes speak English as well as their native language so attending school and adjusting to the informal culture will be easy.

Denmark is great for students who are interested in history, travel, and Scandinavian culture, and who want a safe and easy destination.

Program Types

In Denmark, students will most likely embark one one of the following two program types:

  • Exchange programs
  • Teen travel programs
Exchange Programs

The high school exchange programs in Denmark are traditional immersion programs with a homestay. With these exchange programs, students have the opportunity to jump head-first into the Danish culture while attending a local high school. You will experience real, homemade meals and traditions of Denmark -- the traditional open-faced shrimp sandwiches are the best -- and get to make local friends. On the weekends, explore nearby countries or other parts of Denmark.

Teen Travel Programs

Alternatively, students can explore Denmark on a teen travel program during their summer break. Travel through the country and learn more about its art, business engineering, or international affairs with students from all over the world.

Planning Your Trip

Popular cities

The capital of Denmark, Copenhagen, is one of the most popular cities for students and visitors alike. With the colorful harbor being the focal point of any visit, the little mermaid statue, the fascinating neighborhood of Christiania and thousands of bikes make Copenhagen a unique and exciting place to be.

Another great city to explore is Aarthus. This city is a typical university town with lots of things to do and experience like museums, great local restaurants, the restored old town, a recreated historic town and to learn about the influence of the Vikings.

Student visa requirements

Denmark is part of the EU. For students from the U.S. and Canada, you won't need a visa for stays under 90 days. For longer programs, you'll need to apply for a student visa. Most programs will assist with visa application and the process however, if they do not, the visa can be applied for online and submitted to your local embassy. Plan on sending in your information and passport 3-6 months prior to leaving on your adventure incase of any complications.


Housing is provided in all high school programs in Denmark. Depending on the program you select, students will stay with a carefully selected host family or in a dormitory in the city where the program is located.


Scandinavian countries are some of the most pricey destinations in the world. However, because meals are included with your host family and your room and board will be included in the price of your program, students won't spend as much as other visitors. Still, we'd recommended budgeting around $50 to 100 USD per day.

Packing tips

Danish summers are mild and warm, reaching the mid 70s at its peak and never dropping below 50 in the evenings. The winters are snowy and cool, averaging in the 30s through the winter months. You cannot leave home without:

  • A good winter coat (waterproof is best)
  • Scarf
  • Gloves
  • Jeans
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • A few short sleeves for sunny summer days
  • Good pair of walking shoes

Health & Safety


Denmark is a very safe country. Crime, if any, is limited to petty crime such as pick pocketing. Other than staying alert at night, students won't have to do too much to stay safe during their time in Denmark.

In Copenhagen, there is a free town called Christiania. What started as a social experiment by a few kids who moved to Copenhagen from Poland has now turned into one of the most interesting places to visit. There are no laws, codes, police, monitoring system or anything in the town—you can’t even take pictures. Because it is so fascinating, during the day many tourists go to visit and explore the lean-to style houses, street art, and rundown buildings, however, it is best to avoid at night time.


There are no vaccinations needed to visit Denmark.

Contributed by Brittany Gibson

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