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*Copenhagen: Managing Business in Today's Global Economy (Summer)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Program Terms: Summer
Budget Sheets Summer
Fact Sheet:
 Minimum GPA:
 Class Standing:
2 - Sophomore
 Courses Offered:
Business/Management/Finance, Economics
 Type of Program:
Faculty Led
 Language of Instruction:
 Language Requirement:
0 - none
 Education Abroad Adviser:
Whitney Strickler
 Internship Available:
 Non-Penn State Students:
 Global Programs Scholarships:
Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid
Program Description:

Managing Business in Today's Global Economy: European Perspectives

June 19–August 1, 2014


The European Union (EU) is the world's largest economic market, exporter, and recipient of foreign investment. Among its Copenhagen Streettwenty-seven member countries, Denmark stands out as one of its most international in orientation. The country has been renowned since the Viking period, more than a thousand years ago, for its external orientation and, more recently, as home to the "happiest people in the world." For such a small country, Denmark is home to many well-known companies, including the toy-maker LEGO, the Carlsberg Brewery, the Danske Bank in finance, the porcelain-maker Royal Copenhagen, Maersk in shipping, and Scandinavian Airlines. Bordering Germany and only ten miles from Sweden, Denmark is an excellent location from which to explore Scandinavia and northern Europe.

Institutionally, the program will be based at the Copenhagen Business School (CBS). The global perspective of this highly rated, world-class institution is immediately apparent from the diversity of its student enrollment, its close relationship with affiliate businesses that have a global presence, and the diversity of the faculty. The program will consist of two courses of three credits each. Students will select one course from several CBS course options. In the CBS course and in housing, the Penn State students will be mixed with students from across Europe and around the world. This program is available to students in any major with an interest in international business and is accepted for Smeal majors seeking an international business minor.

The required course, I B 399 course will be taught by a Penn State Smeal College of Business instructor.  More information will be available soon.

The program will be based in Copenhagen, but throughout the program the students will visit a variety of cultural sites in Denmark and the Nordic region. Past excursions have included curriculum-relevant sites such as Kronborg Castle, the site of inspiration for Shakespeare's Hamlet (providing a rich history of trade-related issues in the Nordic region); Roskilde (a key site of a Danish Viking community that explored and transacted with the global economy in the first millennium); several excellent museums; and company visits.

Education Abroad Credits

B A 399 (3 credits) Foreign Study: Business Administration

I B 399  (3 credits) Foreign Study: Europe and the Global Economy

For B A 399, students will select from a list of courses taught by instructors from Copenhagen Business School.  Below is a sample of the courses offerred in 2013.  The new course offerings will be posted in early January 2014.

Tuesday/Thursday CBS Classes:

Students need to check that they have the pre-requisite classes.


•         Crisis communication and social media - A simulation game real-world learning experience - BHAAI1005U

•         International marketing management – Strategic thinking for managing and marketing in a global economy (no MKTG                      majors) - BHAAI1014U

•         International consulting – Competing in the global marketplace - BHAAI1012U

•         Marketing for the creative industries - BHAAI1019U

•         Digital government management - BHAAI1006U

•         Managing strategically for environmental sustainability - Lessons from China - BHAAI1018U

CBS studentsIB 399 - Europe and the Global EconomyThis course will provide students with an opportunity to learn about Europe's increasingly important role in our global economy and, in particular, the dynamic position of the Scandinavian economy. The first component of the course will examine the business environment of Scandinavia and the strong economies of the Nordic region. We will take an indepth look at its high tech and innovative industries and businesses that have helped to build a highly competitive economy. We will also explore globalization in the context of the European Union and examine countries such as Germany, France, and Russia.  This course will include discussions, videos, and other interactive elements and will feature several interesting field trips to companies in the region.   This overall approach will allow students to gain a deeper understanding of the political, cultural, institutional, historical, and geographic aspects of Europe in general and Scandinavia in                                                                                         particular.
Both I B 399 (3 credits) and B A 399 (3 credits) are required courses. All students take 6 credits.

This program is open to Penn State students who have a minimum 2.75 grade point average.

Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.

Housing and Meals

The program fee does NOT include the cost of housing and meals.  Students will apply for housing 'on line' directly with Copenhagen Business School.  The school provides apartments near the school.  All apartments are equipped with kitchens so students may prepare their own meals.

Please be sure to review the budget sheet above for complete information regarding costs and penalties for cancellation. Costs vary by program, so it is important to view this information. Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.

The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please see Funding Study Abroad.

For More Information

For more information about this program, please contact Maureen Desorcie in the Smeal College of Business.  You may also schedule an appointment with Whitney Strickler,  the education abroad adviser for this program.

All students must have a passport which is valid for six months after the final program date.  For passport information, visit

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2014 02/01/2014 
02/27/2014 06/19/2014 08/02/2014
 NOTE: Start date of June 19, is departure from the U.S Students must arrive in Copenhagen by June 20.

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