Summer Break - Denmark/Sweden


Urban Sustainability

This study abroad includes traditional travel / study benefits for an education in Geography, Sustainability, and Urban Planning with visits to some of the most significant Scandinavian cultural places, sustainable buildings, and monuments. This program examines the features, systems, and designs for sustainable cities ranging from public transit, bike and ped circulation to renewable energy systems to land use, and urban planning and design. Based on lectures, field trips, walking tours, guest speakers, design and planning problems, and reading-the-city exercises, the program shows what lessons can be taken from Europe back to U.S. cities.


  • Visit the major Scandinavian cities of Copenhagen and Stockholm.
  • Visit the self-proclaimed autonomous neighborhood Freetown Christiania.
  • Take a canal tour of Copenhagen.
  • Take a guided tour in the vibrant neighborhood of Nørrebro.
  • Visit the green roofs of Augustenborg, Malmo, Sweden.
  • Explore Drottningholm Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


May 16th (Monday) to May 29th (Sunday), 2016.


$2,300 - including an airfare of approx. $1,100, accommodations and activities.


Informational Meeting

October 19th (Monday), 2015, at 4:00 PM, in the Memorial Union Stouffer Lounge

Presentation can be found here, if you missed it.

Course and Global Learning Outcomes

GSCI 657 - Sustainable Urban Development: Denmark and Sweden (3 credit-hours).

  • Students will examine the major concepts and theoretical frameworks in sustainable urban geography.
  • Students will discuss the basic historical, social, political, environmental, and economic processes that shape the urban landscape of Denmark and Sweden.
  • Students will be able to analyze the social, political, environmental and economic processes that shape various urban morphologies in Scandinavia and the United States.
  • Students will be able to explain and compare the differences on the spatial dimensions of sustainable urban phenomena and how they impact people.

Application and Due Date

The application can be downloaded here and will have to be completed and returned to the Office of Study Abroad in Forsyth Library 070 by:

November 16th (Monday), 2015, at 12:00 PM (noon)


  • Participants must be 18 years of age or older.
  • GPA ≥ 2.0 for undergraduate students, ≥ 3.0 for graduate students.
  • Valid passport for at least 6 months after return date, with several blank pages.
  • Must be physically fit for prolonged periods of walking.
  • Updated copy of immunization records mandatory.
  • Compliance with all application requirements and passing the selection process.
  • If selected - compliance with all subsequent requirements and due dates (e.g., course registration, possible deposits payable, airfare payment due dates, etc.).

Contact Information

Dr. Keith Bremer - Assistant Professor of Geosciences

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