SPEA in Denmark

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

Join us in Copenhagen, Denmark, regularly ranked as the happiest city in the world. Located in the eastern part 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.

Learn more about the SPEA in Denmark program

June 1 - 22, 2019

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

Program Directors: Kirsten Grønbjerg & Allison Schnable

This three credit course (V482/V582) takes place at DIS Copenhagen, a study abroad nonproft attracting students from all over the world. Classes will focus on a comparative perspective, introducing students to alternative shapes of nonproft organizations and civil society. Class sessions will include lectures from both SPEA faculty and Danish nonproft and political leaders, as well as visits to political, historical, and nonproft sites around the city. The class will look at ways that the Danish nonproft 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 and rhythms of this modern, Nordic city.

  • Visit Settlementet pa Vesterbro, a job and education social enterprise
  • Meet leaders at Mødrehjælpen, one of Denmark’s oldest nonprofts supporting single women and children
  • Hear from the Danish Red Cross how it is working with refugees in Denmark
  • Visit DGI, national membership organization for sports
  • Learn from the leaders of Concito, Denmark’s green think tank
  • Experience the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, one of Copenhagen’s great art museums, and learn the story of the beer company behind it
  • Take a half-day excursion to Christianborg and Raadhuspladsen, the Danish parliament building and Copenhagen city hall
  • Take a boat canal and a bike tour of Copenhagen 

You will stay in a DIS dormitory in a residential neighborhood in Copenhagen. Accommodations include a shared room, bathroom, kitchen and laundry facilities. DIS will provide a blanket, pillow, bed linens and towel, as well as support from housing staff. You will also have access to WiFi and will get a public transportation pass for unlimited travel in central Copenhagen. 

Note: Your IU Bloomington Bursar account will be charged two amounts for participation in this SPEA Abroad program:

  1. SPEA Abroad program fee (two payments)
  2. IU Bloomington Tuition

Please see below for additional details.

2019 SPEA in Denmark Program Fee: $2,500*

The program fee will be charged to your Bursar account in two installments:

  1. A $500 non-refundable pre-payment shortly after you confirm your participation in the program
  2. The remaining program fee balance will be charged in April

The program fee for this program includes:

  • Lodging
  • Medical insurance
  • Two dinners
  • Public transportation pass for unlimited travel in central Copenhagen
  • Cultural excursions

* Program fee is subject to change due to unforeseeable circumstances

IU Bloomington Tuition – 3 credits

The tuition cost for this SPEA Abroad program is based on IU Bloomington tuition. The cost of tuition you pay will vary based on your student status. For more information on the cost of summer tuition, please contact IU Student Central.

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.

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.

During the application period (November - January) an "Apply Now" button will be available at the top of this page. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. It is to your benefit to apply early as some programs will close before the deadline. Acceptance letters for those who apply by the priority deadline will be sent out in early December. Acceptance letters for those who apply by the final deadline will be sent out in early February.

Application Process

  • Meet With Your Academic Advisor
  • Submit Online Application
  • Submit Online Disciplinary Check

After Acceptance to the Program

  • Submit Signed Acceptance Letter*
  • Submit Signed Release Form*
  • Submit Photocopy of Your Passport*
  • Submit Online Medical History Form
  • Submit Flight Information, speaintl@indiana.edu
  • Attend All Program Specific Orientations
  • Attend Health & Safety Orientation

*IU Bloomington Students should submit all documents to SPEA 201. IUPUI students should submit all documents to BS 3025 B. Students from all other IU campuses should mail forms to: 1315 E. Tenth Street, Bloomington, IN 47405