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A Cross-Cultural Exploration of Language Acquisition in Denmark and Sweden (Spring Break)


Copenhagen, Denmark, Stockholm and Malmo, Sweden

Program Description

This one-week study abroad will take place in Denmark and Sweden. The entry point will be through Copenhagen, Denmark, where we will spend a couple of days sightseeing and visiting such sights as Christiansborg Palace, which contains the Danish Parliament Folketinget, the Supreme Court, and the Ministry of State; the stature of the Little Mermaid; Nyhavn, a port where the famous Danish fairytale writer, Hans Christian Andersen, used to live; and Amalienborg Palace where Denmark’s royal family still resides inside. After that, we will take a 20-minute train ride to Malmo, Sweden. There we will stay three nights and visit the Malmo university and the Malmo Castle as well as the Kulturen open-air museum in Lund, proclaimed to be the second-oldest open-air museum in the world which is located 10 minutes away from Malmo by train. The rest of the trip we will spend in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, where we will visit the Vasa Museum, the City Hall, Gamla Stan (The Old Town), the Nobel Museum, and other sights. There are no prerequisites to be part of this course; however, students who are planning to live abroad and teach English one day would benefit from this experience the most. Throughout the whole trip students will be asked to reflect on the role of English and its use in both countries. 

Location Description

This study abroad will take you to two beautiful countries - Sweden and Denmark. Join us for this short but unforgettable trip and experience the unforgettable north of Europe -- the land of the Vikings! While on this trip, you will experience Copenhagen (Denmark), Malmo (Sweden), Lund (Sweden), and Stockholm, the capital of Sweden.


Katya Koubek | | Educational Foundations and Exceptionalities (EFEX)


Students and the director will be staying at a 3-star hotel in downtown Copenhagen, Malmo, and Stockholm.  Double and triple occupancy rooms will be provided. 

All breakfasts and wi-fi will be provided through each hotel accommodation. In addition, each student will get a meal stipend to spend on lunches and dinners during their stay in Sweden and Denmark. All meals will be provided as  part of the program. Students will only need to spend their own money on meals at airports.

Additional Items to Consider

No visas or immunizations are required to visit Sweden and Denmark.

This program is best intended for any candidate interested in teaching English abroad. Education minors are preferred candidates, but others are also welcome to apply.

*Students enrolled at JMU full-time Spring 2018 will pay no additional tuition to participate in a spring break program. The program fee will be the total required cost.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0

Open to all students and class levels

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 
  • 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


EXED 490: Special Study in Special Education (1 credit) *spring break credit

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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