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Harrisonburg, VA; Copenhagen, Denmark, Stockholm, Sweden

Program Description

This 4 week study abroad program is located in Stockholm, Sweden, and includes a short (weekend) trip to Copenhagen, Denmark. The program explores Scandinavian Design, which is known for its simplicity, attention to detail, and functionality and can be applied to urban design and urban planning, architectural design, industrial design, and graphic design. Through educational experiences such as lectures, studio tours, museum visits and explorations/interventions within the city of Stockholm, students will explore how Scandinavian culture and history inform this design approach.

Location Description

“Beauty on the Water”—Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and is situated on the coast of the Baltic Sea. The city is situated on a vast network of islands and bridges that are dotted with hundreds of thousands of boats. Stockholm boasts almost 100 museums, manifold historic buildings and landmarks, and is considered a hub of modern design. In addition to its beauty, Stockholm is known for its cleanliness, ease and modernity of public transport, and its inclusive culture.

Most residents of Stockholm speak near-perfect English, so no foreign language experience is required.


Carissa Henriques | | Graphic Design


Student accommodations will be in the city of Stockholm with easy access to public transport. Rooms will be shared with other JMU students, and include internet/wifi, kitchen, and access to laundry facilities.

Students will be allocated weekly meal stipends to cover 14 meals for the week.

Additional Items to Consider

Sweden is a member of the European Union (EU). Students must possess a valid passport prior to traveling to Sweden. Visas, immunizations, or background checks are not required for US passport holders.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0

No foreign language needed

Open to all students and class levels

This program is open to all majors. Non GRPH, ART, or INDU majors will be required to conduct an interview with the Director.

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($25 fee)
  • Short Essay 
  • Resume
  • Interview with Program Director may be required
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU students

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 

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Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


GRPH 392: Scandinavian Design and Participatory Practice (3 credits)

ART 392: Scandinavian Design and Participatory Practice (3 credits)

INDU 404: Advanced Special Topics in Studio: Scandinavian Design and Participatory Practice (6 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.


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