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Aarhus and Copenhagen, Denmark, Lübeck, Germany

Program Description

Using the two Jutland peninsula cities of Aarhus, Denmark, and Lübeck, Germany, as homebases for this travel-study program, we will explore the Danish and German cultures via two different courses. Whether you enroll in the intermediate German language course or the Great Works (HUM 200) course, you will enjoy exploring this remarkable peninsula via bikes, trains and ferries.

Denmark, a tiny Scandinavian country located just north of Germany, is known historically as the land of the Vikings. Small in size but big in spirit, modern-day Denmark offers rich opportunities for students aiming to understand what makes the “happiest people in the world” tick.

Students enrolled in The Great Danes course will study Danish writers, artists, historical figures, and literary characters, with an eye to understanding Danish culture, history, and influence.

Field trips to Copenhagen (Denmark’s beautiful capital) and Malmö, Sweden (just across the bridge), will round out the Danish portion of our program. Then it’s off to the north German state of Schleswig-Holstein, which was until 1864 under Danish rule. The Skandinavian overtones permeate the region and the city of Lübeck, a World Heritage Site and seat of the Hanseatic League between the 15th and 19th centuries.

Students enrolled in the GER 231 (Intermediate German) class will gain confidence in their German skills by being deeply immersed in the culture and history of the area.

Location Description

Aarhus, Denmark’s second-largest city and one of Scandinavia’s oldest cities, is the lively cultural hub of the Jutland peninsula. You will visit Your Rainbow Panorma at the Aros Kunstmuseum, meander through the Latin Quarter, and enjoy the scenery of shops and people along the new Aboulevarden. Museums about the Danish resistance during WWII as well as Denmark’s ancient history are also on the list of things to do.

A train and ferry-ride away is the Baltic seaport of Lübeck, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most charming and enchanting towns in Europe. Despite the devastating bombings of the last war, Lübeck is a beautiful Gothic jewel thanks to the efforts of its citizens and institutions.

Upon crossing the fortified 15th-century gate, Holstentor, the city opens like a labyrinth: the Town Hall, the seven bell towers, the medieval streets and courtyards of the Old Town are famous worldwide. Students will delve into the Baltic history of the region on trips to the Museumshafen zu Lübeck, the Buddenbrooks Haus, and the Salzspeicher.

The 1000-year history of this first western city on the Baltic will enchant with its distinct gothic architecture, medieval streets and courtyards, and of course, the world-renowned delicacy that is marzipan!


Iris Haseloff | | Foreign Languages

Karen McDonnell | | Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication


Accommodations will be provided through furnished houses and apartments with internet access and full kitchen and laundry facilities. Students will be in shared double or triple rooms. Housing accommodations are centrally located and public transportation is easily accessible.

One meal will be provided per day. Students will be allocated a weekly meal stipend that will cover approximately 14 meals per week.

Students should plan to spend their own money each day to cover the cost of any additional meals.

Additional Items to Consider

A valid Passport is required. Cell phone data plans in Europe can be expensive – remember to check with your cell phone provider about costs of international calling, data and text plans before traveling.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.5

English is widely spoken in Denmark and Germany, so no language requirement is necessary.

Prerequisite: For students enrolling in the Ger 231 course, you must have successfully completed Ger 102. 

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 
  • 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.

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


HUM 200: Great Works: Great Danes (3 credits)

GER 231: Intermediate German (3 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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