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​Summer 2019 Study Abroad Program

Forest Kindergartens and Beyond: Outdoor Early Education in Denmark​

This summer join ECE professors Catherine Miller and Jeanette Lopez in Copenhagen, Denmark exploring the educational, historical, and cultural aspects of the region. 

As active observers students will be immersed in Danish forest kindergartens working and learning side by side children ages 1-6 and their teachers in the forests outside of Copenhagen. On a city tour of Copenhagen you will visit Rosenborg Castle which houses 400 years of splendor, art treasures and the Crown Jewels. Enjoy an exciting boat cruise around the harbor.  Have a magical time at the Tivoli Gardens, an amusement park that contributed greatly to Walt Disney's vision for Disneyland and which has been in operation since 1843. Tour Kronbo rg Castle, immortalized as Elsinore in William Shakespeare's play Hamlet, and watch Shakespearean actors perform interactive scenes for visitors. 

This trip is a once in a lifetime opportunity for anyone interested in working with children and families, forest and outdoor education, nature, and Danish culture and history.

Which Majors Would Benefit From a Trip to Copenhagen?

This trip is an excellent opportunity for students interested in Education and Early Childhood Education and for those interested in nature.

    • Education/ECE

    • Environmental Science/Studies

    • History

    • Kinesiology

    • Health Sciences

    • Philosophy

    • Environmental Studies

Travel Spots in Copenhagen

Course Descriptions

Global Studies 35 – Field Studies Abroad – Copenhagen Denmark – 1 unit

The itinerary for the trip allows students to examine the early education philosophy of Danish Forest Kindergartens. Students will work interact with students and teachers in forest kindergartens. Students will also visit unique Danish sites of historical and popular interest.

Faculty Biographies

Program Details

Trip Intinerary

Accommodations: Students will be housed at the Danhostel Copenhagen City . The hostel rooms hold between 4 and 6 persons per room. Each room has a private bathroom.

Program Cost

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Program Fee

Includes round-trip airfare from LAX to Copenhagen Denmark, ground transportation, accommodations, cultural excursions, and insurance


First Deposit $1150 due: March 7, 2019, by noon*

*$150 of the first deposit is non-refundable 

Balance due: $2225 by April 30, 2019, by noon**

Tuition for 1-Unit Course

$46 Resident Tuition

$370 Non-Resident Tuition

International Education Center will register you for class before program departure. You must pay tuition before departure.


Allow approximately $270 ($45 per day)  for meals while in Denmark Majority of meals to be purchased by the student. Program fee includes 2 lunches and 3 dinners

Total Estimated Costs


**Program is non-refundable once final deposit is paid. Final deposit may be less depending on scholarship awards

Additional Costs

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Personal Spending Money

$200 (approximate)


Course Materials

There will be no course materials to purchase


Passport (new – if you do not have a current passport)


Please allow up to 6 weeks for processing of a new passport.


US Citizens do not need a visa to enter Denmark.

Permanent residents/F1 students may need a Visa to enter Copenhagen.

Varies by country of origin

If you will need a visa, please please contact the International Education Center for more information-310-434-4176


SMC Global Citizenship Scholarships are available from $500 to $1500. SMC Global Citizenship scholarships are based on financial need as determined by the student FAFSA on file with SMC Financial Aid office. Students may also qualify for the Verge scholarship. 

Payment Options

Personal Checks, Cashiers Checks, Money Order - No cash or credit cards.

Get Your Passport

Dates to Remember

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Informational Sessions

Fri, Mar 1, 2 p.m. HSS 152

Mon, Mar 4, 5 p.m.​ Bundy 329  


Application Deadlines and Payments

Late applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

Initial Deposit to reserve space 

$1150 due Thursday, March 7th by 12 noon. $150 of first deposit is non-refundable.

Deposits accepted at the International Education Center on the main campus.

Final Payment due by noon on Tuesday, April 30th by 12 noon.

Hours of acceptance for deposits:

Mon 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Fri 8 a.m. - 12 noon.

The program is non-refundable after the final deposit has been paid.

What to do next?

Click here to complete Online Study Abroad Application

Print your Overseas Release and Medical Release Forms from the links below.   Fill out the forms and sign them.

PDF FileOverseas Release Form

PDF FileMedical Release Form

Bring your check or money order for $1150 made out to Santa Monica College to the International Education Center on the main campus. At this time you must also bring your passport and your completed Overseas and Medical Release Forms.**

Once you have completed the above steps, your space is reserved. 

Apply early & make your deposit to reserve your space!

SMC Global Citizenship Scholarship

Last day to meet with Financial Aid Director Stacy Neal is Friday, April 5,  2019.

Notification of scholarship amount by Thursday, April 19, 2019.

The scholarship application is built into the Online Application. Don't skip this section. The scholarship may not be used toward the initial deposit. 

Mandatory Forms

Due at time of first Deposit

Online Study Abroad application

PDF FileOverseas Release Form

PDF FileMedical Release Form

** (Please note a physical exam by a medical physician is not required)

Eligibility Requirements

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

  • All participants must be 18 years old by Thursday, March 7, 2019

  • Have a valid passport by Thursday, March 7, 2019. 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 of Los Angeles to see if you need a visa. 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 cover your tuition and fees.

  • Note: First deposit is due Thu March 7th and $150 of the first deposit is non-refundable. There are no refunds once you have submitted your final deposit.