Denmark’s autumns boast beautiful orange trees, the winters are hygge (cozy) and springtime coaxes the Danes outside of their candle-lit homes, but summer is the perfect time to study abroad. In the short weeks you’ll be spending in Denmark, you’ll learn about history and culture from the program’s staff and enjoy the sights in sunny weather. After class, take a bike ride around the city, go to a music festival or visit one of the numerous beaches. Either way, this will be a summer of tailored and flexible classes combined with plenty of opportunities to mingle with Danes!
You’ll find some great summer programs such as The Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS), Kentucky Institute for International Studies in Viborg, Denmark (KIIS), Oresund Summer University and Aarhus University’s Summer program. Within these programs, you will be able to study anything from Ocean Studies to Agricultural sciences to Furniture Design.
DIS: One of the many benefits of DIS is that the program boasts schedule flexibility, which means you’ll be able to choose from a variety of programs with different start/end dates at the times that work for you. Another plus to DIS? The program offers study tours, which allows you to travel throughout Denmark or Europe depending on what your core class is. If your main focus is Anthropology of Soccer, you’ll be packing your bags for Sweden!
KIIS: This four- week program gives students the opportunity to really see Denmark. The program starts in the capital and students stay in Brenderup, Skagen, Vibrog and ends up back in Copenhagen. While Copenhagen is truly a unique city, there is a lot more of Denmark to see and this program makes it easy.
Oresund: Having trouble finding the exact courses you want to take? Look into Oresund. This program offers more than 130 courses and has courses in numerous campuses so you’ll likely get a feel for both Danish and Swedish educational environments.
Aarhus: The city of Aarhus is home to a huge percentage of students, making it easier to meet people your own age. The university is also ranked among the top 100 universities in the world so expect to learn an awful lot. Denmark’s second largest city, Aarhus, is cementing its place as a cultural destination with attractions such as the ARos Aarhus Art Museum and the summer jazz festival.
A Few Quick Packing Tips
- Walking (or biking shoes!): Be prepared to walk/bike a lot! Although most cities have excellent bussing systems, take advantage of the weather and soak up the city by foot.
- Plug adapter: some hostels may sell these at the front desk, if you forgot yours Danes are notorious for favoring largely black or neutral wardrobe, however in the summer, you will see a few cheery patterns and bright colors too. While I wouldn’t dare stop you from bringing your favorite bright pink shirt (I did!), it might be helpful to take a look at current Danish street fashion, just in case you’re interested in blending in a little bit.
- Medication: I’m not telling you to bring an entire pharmacy with you, but I would suggest stocking up on cold, sinus or flu over-the-counter medications. Don’t expect to get given medications to treat any sort of viral infection.
The weather will be anywhere between the mid 60’s and high 80’s. Because the winters are some of the coldest in Europe, the Danes love to stay out in the sun for as long as possible. For days too warm to walk through the cities, visit the closest beach instead!
Roskilde Festival is one of the most popular music festivals in Europe. Half an hour from Copenhagen, Roskilde is a city rich in history. Set on a huge field, the festival is nine days worth of concerts where musicians from Bruce Springsteen to Rihanna have performed. Besides the music, Roskilde Festival also features hundreds of stalls selling jewelry, clothes and art. The festival takes place at the end of June to the beginning of July each year.
Copenhagen Cooking a week long Nordic Food Festival is the perfect opportunity to experience world-renowned Nordic cuisine. You’ll have the opportunity to taste dishes from some of the highest rated restaurants in Scandinavia as well as try traditional meals from the region. If you’re a foodie, this is the event for you!
Aarhus International Jazz Festival All genres of jazz are represented in one of Denmark’s up and coming cultural hubs—the city of Aarhus. Expect international stars as well as local talents to play during the eight-day summer festival.
Contributed by Rebecca Wojno
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