“Vikings, Socialism, and Sustainability: Copenhagen Past and Present”
Spring Break 2017 (April 8 – 16, 2017)
Join history professors Christopher Stiles and Heather Bennett for a one-week field study that will immerse students in the rich past and dynamic present of Denmark’s vibrant capital city.
The trip will start with an exploration of Viking-Age Scandinavia to compare the Vikings’ portrayal in popular culture with artifacts at Denmark’s Viking Ship Museum. Get a close-up look at five well preserved 11th-century Viking ships.
Learn about royal castles, Denmark’s Parliament, and housing for rural and urban 19th-century workers. And take a look at how Denmark’s social democratic movement has impacted the country.
The current city of Copenhagen is known as a leader in urban sustainability, and is on track to become the world’s first carbon-neutral capital city by 2025. Citizens bike, take public transportation everywhere, and the once-polluted harbors now host open-air swimming facilities.
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This trip is great for students who want to experience an immersive exploration of Denmark’s history, social, political structure, and leadership in environmental stewardship.
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Global Studies 35 – Field Studies Abroad – Copenhagen, Denmark – 1 unit
Students will return from this program with a comprehensive understanding of Danish culture and history from its Viking beginnings to its modern day leadership in environmental sustainability. Students will visit historical sites such as the Open Air Museum, the Viking Ship Museum, government buildings, and castles. A reading list will be supplied prior to the trip and there will be one class session on campus prior to departure.
Includes round-trip airfare from LAX to Copenhagen, ground transportation, accommodation, cultural excursions, and mandatory iNext medical insurance
Program fee: First deposit due Friday November 4, 2016: $1000
Balance due on Thursday, December 8, 2016
Tuition for 1-Unit Course
$46 resident tuition
$335 non-resident tuition
International Education Center will register you for class before program departure. You must pay tuition before departure.
Breakfast included daily
Budget for $40-$50 per day ($280-$350) for lunch and dinner
Total Estimated Costs
Personal spending money
Passport (new – if you do not have a current passport)
Please allow up to 6 weeks for processing of a new passport
SMC Global Citizenship Scholarships available from $500 to $1000.
U.S. Citizens/Permanent Residents need to apply for FAFSA to determine eligibility.
F-1 students also eligible (no FAFSA).
Personal Checks, Cashiers Checks, Money Order and Credit Cards* (3% transaction fee on credit card payments)
Dates to Remember
Tuesday, October 11th HSS 11:30 am
Wednesday, Oct 19th HSS 105 2:30 pm
Thursday Oct 27th HSS 154 11:30 am
Online Study Abroad application (CLOSED)
Application Deadlines and Payments
Late applications will be considered on a case by case basis.
Initial Deposit to reserve space – $1000 due Friday November 4, 2016
Final Payment due Thursday, December 8, 2016
Complete online application (CLOSED)
Apply early to reserve your space!
SMC Global Citizenship Scholarship
Last day to meet with Financial Aid Manager Stacy Neal Monday Nov 28, 2016
Notification of scholarship amount by Thursday, December 1, 2016
Scholarship may not be used toward initial deposit
Friday, November 4, 2016
Online Study Abroad application (CLOSED)
Overseas Release Form
Medical Release Form
Be a current SMC student and take the offered course. If you are not currently an SMC student, you may apply online at
All participants must be 18 years old by December 8, 2016.
Have a valid passport by Friday November 4, 2016. U.S. Citizens do not need a visa to travel to Denmark. If you are a permanent resident or SMC F-1 visa student, please contact the
Danish consulate in Los Angeles.
Pay all program fees and tuition by the deadline. If you are a financial aid recipient, check with the Financial Aid office about using financial aid to your tuition and fees.