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:
ability to ride a bicycle (A helmet is strongly recommended.)
Housing and Meals
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.
Financial Aid & 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 visit theFunding Study Abroadsection of the Global Penn State website.
For More Information
For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative.
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.
For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs of Penn State students currently studying abroad.
How to Apply
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:
Education Abroad Questionnaire
One academic recommendation
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
Application deadline: February 1, 2018
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.