Learning Abroad Center

Exploring the New Nordic: Food Seasonality & Sustainability in Denmark & Sweden


This program will study the culinary movement known as the New Nordic Cuisine in Denmark & Sweden. Guidance for this journey will be the collective thoughts of Nordic chefs' approach to traditional foods, combined with a strong focus on health and an ethical production philosophy.

This program is administered by the College of Food, Agricultural & Natural Resource Sciences' Office of International Programs. Applications are processed by the Learning Abroad Center.

Program Details

Copenhagen, Denmark & Stockholm, Sweden
May Session (Spring Semester)
Credit Type
Resident Credit
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences

Program Eligibility

Student Type
UofM Students
Non UofM Students
Student Year
Graduate Students
Language Prerequisite
No Language Prerequisite


Food has always been closely linked to identity, but in recent decades people have continued to have greater access to food not local to their region. In a reverse of the globalization trend, some communities have looked to return to locally sourced food so they can better sustain their communities and the environment. In 2004, a number of Scandinavia chefs gathered in Copenhagen to design what has become known as "New Nordic Cuisine", which has been used to promote local, natural, and seasonal produce throughout Scandinavia. 

This course will explore the New Nordic cuisine through on-site learning experiences in Copenhagen, Denmark and Stockholm, Sweden. In their exploration of New Nordic cuisine, students will be exposed to a breadth of active learning experiences (e.g., foraging for creative meals and exploring metropolitan rooftop gardens) and lectures from distinguished faculty on the intersection of food and identity in Scandinavia. Students will be encouraged early on to identify a particular interest they want to learn more about in relation to the New Nordic model and find opportunities to integrate this interest into a self-designed project for the course.

COVID-19 Modifications 

The program will comply with local public health recommendations as well as recommended standards of the University of Minnesota. This may include modifications to the program calendar, weekly schedule, classroom environment, course delivery, housing arrangements, transportation policies, and/or in-country travel restrictions.

Housing & Meals

Students will stay at hostels in Stockholm and Copenhagen. Breakfast, a welcome dinner, and a farewell dinner are included in the program fee. Students should budget for lunches and dinners on their own. 

Application Deadline

January 15, 2022

Program Dates

Depart from Minneapolis-Saint Paul: May 13, 2022
Arrive in Denmark: May 14, 2022
Depart from Sweden: May 28, 2022


You will earn 3 credits for CFAN XXXX. This course is approved is undergoing evaluation for Liberal Education approval. 

This is an embedded course with on-campus class time during the Spring semester; you will travel abroad during the May term. You must register for this course and complete the study abroad application. Registration costs/financial aid are tied to the Spring semester.

Program Leader

Hal DeLaRosby, Ph.D, is the Director of CFANS Student Services. Originally from Two Harbors, MN, Hal has over 15 years of higher education experience, including experience taking students abroad to London. Feel free to contact Hal with any questions at [email protected].


Some sample tentative excursions include:

  • A canal boat tour or bike tour of Copenhagen
  • Hiking and learning about local agriculture in Tisvilde
  • Visits to different food markets and food halls in Copenhagen and Stockholm
  • Visits to urban farms and an urban mushroom collective
  • A day trip to a Danish vineyard and lessons on foraging
  • City tour or island tour in Stockholm
  • A day trip to Samsø to learn about organic farm collectives and beer production
  • Learn to bake cardamon buns in Vaxholm
  • Guided tour of Ôstermalms Saluhall
  • Guided tour of Rosendals Trädgård
  • A visit to the Museum of Spirits

More Information

Contact the CFANS Office of International Programs at [email protected].

Join us for a virtual information session to learn more about this program. Find details and zoom registration here.

Program Fee

The estimated program fee for this program is $6,200-$7,100.The program fee will include:

  • Airfare from Minneapolis- St. Paul to Copenhagen and Stockholm to Minneapolis-St. Paul
  • Train travel from Copenhagen to Stockholm
  • Educational and excursion expenses
  • In-country transportation including airport transfers
  • Housing
  • All breakfasts, a welcome dinner, and a farewell dinner
  • International health insurance 

If you are registered for less than 13-credits or if you are a non-UofM student or a UofM graduate student, you will be charged tuition for this course in addition to the program fee.  Notify the Learning Abroad Center if this applies to you.

Billing & Payments

The application fee, deposit, and program fee are charged to the student's UMN account. 

Financial Aid & Scholarships

The College of Food, Agricultural & Natural Resource Sciences offers grants for study abroad programs; learn more here. Students can learn about financial aid and scholarships through the Learning Abroad Center here.

Cancellation Policy

All applicants are charged a $50 non-refundable application fee by the Learning Abroad Center. Students who confirm their participation in the program will have charged to their student account a $750 non-refundable deposit. Confirmed students who cancel their application before March 1 are responsible for the non-refundable deposit. Confirmed students who cancel their application on March 1 or later are responsible for the non-refundable deposit and any non-recoverable fees. 

In the event that the CFANS Office of International Programs (OIP) is forced to cancel this entire program, meaning both the on-campus portion and abroad portion, accepted and confirmed students will receive a full refund of their application fee and deposit. In the event that students have started the on-campus portion of the program, but international conditions do not allow students to travel, as per University of Minnesota policy, students will be provided with the ability to complete the course and recoverable fees will be returned to students. 

Students have the option to appeal the CFANS OIP cancelation policy when canceling from a program for extenuating circumstances. Please refer to the Learning Abroad Center's refund appeal process for details. 

Please note: In the near future COVID vaccine requirements may be instituted by specific countries and/or airlines without advance notice. Vaccination gives you the best chance for participation in a program and will keep open the most travel options. 

The inability to participate in a program because of local, national, or airline restrictions if you are not vaccinated but are eligible to be vaccinated will not be considered a valid reason for a refund.

May 2022

Cost of Participation Forthcoming


Complete pre-application advising.

Due to COVID-19, current US passport processing times are significantly delayed. If you do not have a passport, or your passport expires less than 6 months after your return date from your time abroad, apply for a new passport now, and pay for expedited processing.


The COVID-19 vaccine is now approved by the FDA and has been added to the list of required vaccinations for study abroad. We encourage you to complete your COVID-19 vaccine immediately.

You will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.

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When you submit your online application, you will be assigned an application checklist that includes:

  • First Step session
  • University of Minnesota Student Release and Waiver Form

Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist.

Next Steps

  1. You will receive an automated email message indicating your application was received.
  2. Follow the instructions on your application checklist to submit the Student Release and Waiver Form.
  3. Your application is not considered complete until the form has been received and you have completed the First Step module. Your completed application will be forwarded to the program leader in the sponsoring college/department for review.
  4. The program leader will notify the Learning Abroad Center of acceptance decisions. If accepted, you will be notified via email and assigned a confirmation checklist, which includes:
    • Health Information Form
    • Confirmation and Payment Agreement
    • Online Health & Safety Orientation
  5. Login to the online application to review the confirmation checklist and submit the required items.
  6. Once you submit all items, your participation will be confirmed and your student account will be billed for the program deposit.
  7. If you decide not to continue with the application process, log into the online application and submit a Cancel Request. You must also notify your program leader of your cancellation.