A row of multicolored buildings in Denmark

Examining the Good Life in Denmark

  1. Program Details

    Denmark consistently ranks at the top of global happiness, well-being, and quality of life scales. Explore how education, employment, and environmental issues contribute to this high quality of life.

    This program is administered by College of Education & Human Development. Applications are processed by the Learning Abroad Center.

    Location Copenhagen, Denmark
    Term Spring Break
    Housing Hostel
    Credit Type Resident Credit
    Sponsor College of Education and Human Development

    Program Eligibility

    GPA 2.5
    Student Type UofM Students, Non UofM Students
    Student Year Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, Graduate Students
    Language No Language Prerequisite
  2. About Examining the Good Life in Denmark

    Copenhagen, Denmark is one of the most livable cities in the world. On world-wide surveys of wellbeing, quality of life, and happiness, the Danes are consistently ranked at the top when compared to other global cities. Why do the Scandinavians appear to be so happy? What factors lead to satisfaction and high quality of life? Using positive psychology and happiness research as conceptual frameworks, we will spend time in Copenhagen and take several day trips outside of the city to examine factors that contribute to well-being and high quality of life.

    Housing & Meals

    Students will stay in a hostel where daily breakfast will be included. 

    Application Deadline

    December 1, 2019

    Program Dates

    March 6 - 15, 2020

    Please note that this is an embedded course with regular class sessions throughout the spring semester and travel to Denmark over spring break - March 2020.

    Academics

    OLPD 3310

    This Embedded Seminar will critically examine issues, current events, social policies, and ways of collective decision-making that contribute to high quality living and positive well-being through the lens of multiple disciplines, including the social sciences and social justice. Copenhagen will be the primary location and serve as an urban “laboratory” for students to explore issues related to the good life. The objective will be to use Copenhagen as a case study for urban livability. 

    This is an embedded course with regular class sessions throughout the spring semester and travel to Denmark over spring break - March 2020.

    Program Leader

    Michael Stebleton is associate professor of higher education in CEHD.  His research and teaching interests focus on college student development, including how students make decisions about the meaning of work and career.  He has led numerous experiences to Denmark with students to examine the "good life" from an international perspective.

    Excursions

    Walking tour of Copenhagen, Royal Garden,Rosenborg Castle, bike tour of Norrebo

    Program Fee

    The program fee for Spring break 2020 is $4,475 and includes educational costs, program administration, some meals, international health insurance, international airfare, housing and program relaed excursions and site visits and local transportation.  You must also budget for passport and passport photos, most meals, textbooks, independent travel, and miscellaneous living expenses.

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

    Click here to see the Spring Break 2020 Cost of Participation

    More Information

    Please contact Dr. Stebleton or Oliver Ferguson for more information about this program.

  3. Prepare

    Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.
    Center Name TC Learning Abroad Ctr
    Education Abroad Term Spring Break 2020
    Program Name Examining the “Good Life” in Denmark
    Track Name Examining the “Good Life” in Denmark
    Country Denmark

    Note: If the specific track and term of the affiliated program you wish to apply to cannot be found within the application system, select “Program Not Found” on the application, and enter your specific application information in the fields given to request an application. Our staff will review your application and update your program, track, and term information.

    Submit

    University of Minnesota Student—apply

    Use your University of Minnesota internet ID and password to log into the Education Abroad application system. Your student account will be charged a $50 application fee.

    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.

     

    Non-University of Minnesota Student—apply

    Once you submit your application, Learning Abroad Center staff will create a University of Minnesota student internet account for you. You will use this account to access the Education Abroad Application System, and other University of Minnesota services. You will be charged a $50 application fee for this program.

    Our staff will contact you within 2–3 business days with your internet account information, and additional application instructions.

    Once you submit your application, Learning Abroad Center staff will create a University of Minnesota student internet account for you. You will use this account to access the Education Abroad Application System, and other University of Minnesota services. You will be charged a $50 application fee for this program. Our staff will contact you within 2–3 business days with your internet account information, and additional application instructions.

    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.