SPEA in Denmark

Spend three weeks exploring the nonprofit sector in Denmark while earning course credit

Join us in Copenhagen, Denmark, continually ranked as the happiest city in the world. Located on the east side of Denmark, Copenhagen is a regional center of power for the Nordic countries. Class will be held at DIS Copenhagen, a school focused on study abroad programs from around the world.

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June 2 - 23, 2018

V482/V582 – Nonprofit Sector in Comparative Perspective (3cr.)

Program Directors: Kirsten Grønbjerg & Allison Schnable

This three credit course (V482/582) takes place at DIS Copenhagen, a study abroad nonprofit attracting students from all over the world. Classes will focus on a comparative perspective introducing students to alternative shapes of nonprofit organizations and civil society. Lectures will be held by both SPEA faculty and Danish nonprofit and political leaders with visits to local Danish political, historical, and nonprofit sites around the city. The class will look at ways that the Danish nonprofit sector is responding to a number of global challenges including the refugee crisis, religious pluralism and climate change. Students will be staying in a residential neighborhood, experiencing the daily life in rhythms of this modern, Nordic city.

    • Visit Glad Fonden, a job and education social enterprise in Copenhagen
    • Meet leaders at FOA, Danish Healthcare and Welfare service labor personnel union
    • Tour the Danish Red Cross youth organization
    • Visit DGI, national membership organization for sports
    • Tour Johan Borups Højskole, a traditional Danish folk school
    • Experience the DanChurchAid office, an international development NGO
    • Take a half-day excursion to Christianborg and Raadhuspladsen the Danish parliament building and Copenhagen city hall
    • Take a bike and a boat canal tour of Copenhagen

Both undergraduates at the end of their sophomore year and graduate students in good standing are eligible to apply for admission. Undergraduates should have at least a 2.9 GPA. While preference and scholarship money will be given to SPEA students the course is open to students from any related IU department.

You will stay in a DIS dormitory in a residential neighborhood in Copenhagen. Accommodations include shared rooms, bathrooms, kitchen and laundry facilities with public transportation passes for unlimited travel in central Copenhagen. Rooms include WiFi, blanket, pillow, bed linen and towels are provided as well as support from housing staff or a residential advisor.

Note: You will pay two amounts – the tuition, which is what Indiana University credits cost, and you will also pay the SPEA Abroad program fee.

2018 SPEA in Denmark Program Fee: $2,500

The program fee includes lodging, medical insurance, two dinners, cultural excursions, and a public transportation pass for unlimited travel in central Copenhagen.

* Program fee is subject to change due to unforeseeable circumstances

IUB Tuition – 3 credits

The tuition cost for SPEA in Denmark is based on IU Bloomington tuition. The amount of tuition you pay will vary based on your student status.

Additional Costs

You will need to pay for your flight to Denmark, food, and other incidentals.


The SPEA Abroad Summer Scholarship/Fellowship is available to help SPEA students from IUB and IUPUI study abroad. Please visit our scholarship page for eligibility requirements and application deadlines. 

Other scholarships are available on a competitive basis.