Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Copenhagen, Denmark
- Program Terms: Summer
- Restrictions: PSU applicants only
- Budget Sheets: Summer
This program spends two weeks immersed in biking culture in Copenhagen. Copenhagen is the capital city of Denmark and sits next to the North Sea. This picturesque city has many shops, cafes and restaurants along its historic streets. It is also ranked as one of the happiest cities in the world. Residents report high life satisfaction, good health and a high quality of life. Copenhagen is widely known as the most bike-oriented city in the world, and upwards of 40% of all trips in the city are taken via bicycle! Consequently, there are significant environmental, social and cultural supports for biking.
Students will have an opportunity to observe bicycle infrastructure and multi-modal transportation solutions, learn from programs and policies that support biking and learn about the role of biking in sustainable, livable communities. The required course for this program will be taught from a multi-disciplinary perspective to address the complex issues associated with biking. Activities and assignments will be focused on applying information and content to other countries and communities.
Field trips will include visits to Lund, Sweden and Odense, Denmark. Bike rentals will be provided and will be the primary form of travel around the city. Basic bicycle riding skills will be necessary, though the city is fairly flat and well designed for bicycles. Helmets are strongly suggested. Bike tours and site visits will highlight how community, environment, policy and urban design facilitate bike travel. Students will also learn about the social and cultural aspects of biking in Copenhagen.
All students will register for KINES or LARCH 499 for 3 credits. There will be required online coursework the week before and a few days following time spent abroad. Students will be able to access the Penn State library remotely via their own computers.
Course objectives will be to:
1. Gain an understanding of the benefits associated with biking and bicycle-friendly communities
2. Understand the linkages between bicycle-friendly communities and sustainable development
3. Identify supportive infrastructure for bicycling
4. Identify and understand built environment features that support biking
5. Understand the role of schools, work sites and universities in promoting and supporting biking
6. Learn about how biking behavior can be impacted by a range of influences
7. Comprehend how culture impacts travel mode choice and safety for bicyclists and pedestrians
8. Learn to evaluate the extent to which the built environment is supportive of biking
9. Apply knowledge and content to other communities and countries
You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis.
Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program leader:
Students will stay in apartments with shared rooms, bath and kitchen. Students will be approximately a 15-minute walk or 6-minute bike ride from the instructors' apartment. All housing will have internet access.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the budget sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.
Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.
For more information, please contact Melissa Bopp in the Kinesiology Department or Mallika Bose in the Department of Landscape Architecture. You may also schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page.
You must complete the following materials in your application:
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