​“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.

Which Majors Would Benefit From a Trip to Cophenhagen?

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.

  • Anthropology

  • Economics

  • Environmental and Global Studies

  • History

  • Philosophy

  • Political Science

Travel Spots in Copenhagen

Course Description

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.

Faculty Biographies

Program Details

  • Participants will be housed in double-occupancy accommodation at Cabinn Hotel in Frederiksberg Copenhagen.

  • PDF FileTrip itinerary.

Program Costs
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Program Fee

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


Additional Costs
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Personal spending money


Course Materials


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).

Payment Options

Personal Checks, Cashiers Checks, Money Order and Credit Cards* (3% transaction fee on credit card payments)

Get Your Passport

Dates to Remember
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Informational Sessions

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

Mandatory Forms

Friday, November 4, 2016

Online Study Abroad application (CLOSED)

PDF FileOverseas Release Form

PDF FileMedical Release Form

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a current SMC student and take the offered course. If you are not currently an SMC student, you may apply online at www.smc.edu/apply

  • 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.