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  • Locations: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Program Terms: Spring- Embedded
  • Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Program Description:

Program Overview     

This three-credit course is designed to help you develop skills and perspectives from an international experience in Denmark. The course offers an opportunity to study and experience the culture of another country with a primary emphasis on the healthcare system, and the history, architecture, art, literature, geography and political system. We will engage in pre-trip planning and lectures, study and research during the trip, and post-trip reflections. 

We will explore healthcare in a social welfare context through trip preparation and intensive field experience in Denmark. Topics covered during the course will provide a cultural and historical perspective of Denmark, the healthcare system in Denmark, and policies related to public health and healthcare. Pre-trip learnings will provide background to help you understand the challenges, opportunities and comparisons of the Denmark healthcare and business systems. 

Students will travel to Denmark over Spring Break, 2019. You will have an opportunity to link pre-trip learning to experiential learning while in-country. Upon return to the USA, you will reflect on what you've learned and how it affected your perspectives on a social welfare country in relation to your own cultural identity, and career goals.

Course Objectives
By the end of the course, students should be able to:
1.   Demonstrate knowledge of the healthcare, public policy, and social welfare contexts of Denmark. 
2.   Compare and contrast the institutional and cultural contexts of the USA and Denmark.
3.   Demonstrate intercultural competencies, including communication skills, that can be applied throughout a later career.
4.   Describe the culture of Denmark with an emphasis on the history, architecture, art, literature, people, geography and political system
5.   Demonstrate descriptive and analytical skills in thinking and writing
6.   Analyze and document experiences in-country. (e.g., journal entry or blog)

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Any pre-requisite courses are established by the faculty leader or department hosting the course.  The following have been listed as pre-requisites for consideration to enroll in this course and travel on the embedded education abroad program:
  • This course is open to students of all majors and at all campuses.
  • Admission in the course and permission to travel with the group are at the discretion of the faculty leader and/or academic department hosting the course.  Academic standing and disciplinary or conduct issues may impact eligibility.

Housing and Meals

During the embedded travel component, housing will consist of - information not available at this time.

Program Costs

Students pay regular Penn State tuition (either in-state or out-of-state) for the credits associated with the embedded course.  Travel costs, lodging, meals, excursions, and other fees are determined by the program budget which is set by the program leader.  Please consult the program leader for additional information.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Global Programs administers a scholarship that is specifically designated to support students studying abroad on embedded courses.  The scholarship is competitive, and the deadlines to apply are strictly enforced.  Please review the Embedded Programs Scholarship eligibility, deadlines, and application process.

For More Information

For more information about this course, please contact the program leader: Samantha Beebe by emailing

How to Apply

 The process for enrolling in an embedded course varies according to the instructor and/or department.  The program leader has indicated that in order to enroll in the course and travel component, students must contact program leader and participated in an interview that focuses on preparedness for international travel. 

Studying Abroad with a Disability

Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.



Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring- Embedded 2019 08/21/2018
Rolling Admission 03/02/2019 03/09/2019
NOTE: The application deadline date is NOT as it appears above. Please contact the program leader (name) by emailing (email address) if you are interested in applying for this embedded program.

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