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UVA Commerce: Sustainable Practices in Denmark & Sweden (COMM/PPOL 4569)
Copenhagen, Denmark; Samso, Denmark; Stockholm, Sweden (Education Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Budget Sheets Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Class Status:
1st year, 2nd year, 3rd year Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0
Language Requirement:
Open to Non-UVa Students:
Housing: Hotel Language Courses Offered: No
Language of Instruction: English
Credit Type:
Direct Credit
Program Type:
Faculty led
Tuition Payments Made To:
Education Abroad Advisor:
Ryan Hathaway
Application Fee:
Study Abroad Administrative Fee:
Subject Area:
Commerce, European Studies, Management
Program Description:
Students in Denmark

UVA Commerce
Sustainable Practices in Denmark & Sweden: Local Solutions to Global Challenges


“Sustainability” implies both environmental and societal goals and actions.  Some global issues are being addressed through multinational cooperation, but many issues are being tackled locally by governments, businesses, and civil society. This course in Denmark in May examines several programs being undertaken by local leaders to address problems in their communities. We will see what is being done to promote sustainability in four areas: green energy, sustainable transportation, food security, and what are called “livable cities.” We will have a series of lectures and associated field studies to get first-hand knowledge of innovative technologies used in wind turbine farms, waste treatment facilities that produce energy and composted soil, bicycle superhighways, and many of the investments that Copenhagen and surrounding cities have made to become more pleasant, exciting places to live such as the transformation of aging industrial harbors into beautiful parkland. The class is a combination of seminars and field trips arranged by the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS), a long-term partner institution in Copenhagen, and an independent research project to suggest how some of the innovative programs in Denmark might be transferred to your own home town or some other place you know well.

Announcements IconInformation Session

Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at 5 p.m. in Rouss & Robertson Halls, Room 225
Information about all McIntire School of Commerce Global Programs can be found here.


Location IconLocation

The class will meet in Copenhagen on Saturday, May 12, 2018. Students must provide their own transportation to and from Copenhagen. We will have field trips for both cultural immersion (museums, walking, and bicycle tours in Copenhagen), and to visit sustainability projects. Although most of the course will be sited in Copenhagen, we will spend two days on the Danish island of Samsø, which has made itself an internationally known model of energy independence. Our last four days will be in Stockholm, Sweden, where we will compare some of their sustainable initiatives with what we saw and experienced in Copenhagen.

Copen Dockyard Wind farm

Courses IconCourses

COMM 4569 (3 credits) can be counted as a management concentration class in the McIntire School and will satisfy the International Track Global Commerce Immersion requirement. The course is cross-listed in the Batten School as PPOL 4569. The class is open to all undergraduate students at the University of Virginia and also serves as a capstone course for the interdisciplinary minor in Global Sustainability. First-year and Second-year students are encouraged to apply.

Course objectives include:
1. To learn about global issues and local solutions concerning the sustainability of various environmental resources and social systems.
2. To learn how sustainable lifestyles are being adopted by citizens of Denmark and southern Sweden
3. To propose ways to transfer some of the ideas learned to local communities in the US or the student’s home country.

2018 Summer: COMM 4569 Denmark & Sweden Syllabus
2018 Summer: COMM 4569 Denmark & Sweden Itinerary

Faculty IconFaculty

Kerrie Carfagno |
Assistant Professor at the McIntire School of Commerce

Brad Brown |
Associate Professor at the McIntire School of Commerce


Accommodation and MealsAccommodation and Meals

Housing will be in modern hostels in Copenhagen, Samsø, and Stockholm. Breakfast is included each day. Most lunches are included except for a few days when students have free time to explore on their own. We will provide a “welcome dinner” and several dinners at nice restaurants to sample "local food" and the "New Scandinavian Cuisines," but most other evening meals will be the responsibility of the students.

Cost and Financial Aid

The program cost and payment schedule are listed under the "Budget Sheets" link at the top of this page. Students with identifiable financial need are encouraged to apply for fellowships, scholarships, and financial aid.

Students Samso

Accessibility IconAccessibility

The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual and flexible basis. NOTE: This program will include a number of excursions during which the group will be riding bikes for several miles, and sometimes on city roads. For their safety and enjoyment of the program, students should be aware of this component when committing to participate. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.


Passport IconPassport and Visa

All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. US passport holders will not need a visa to participate in this program. International students should consult the immigration websites for each country for visa and entry requirements, and meet with their International Student Advisor in the International Studies Office for information about re-entering the U.S. at the conclusion of the program.


Health Info IconHealth and Safety Information

All students considering Education Abroad should consult the Students Abroad section of the U.S. Department of State’s web-based travel resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health web resources to research health, safety, and security conditions; visa requirements; immunization requirements; and recommendations on staying healthy and safe in their target destination(s). Students should also carefully review the UVA Education Abroad Health & Safety Abroad web page. Parents and guardians are strongly advised to review all of these resources, as well. UVA students and visiting students enrolled in UVA Education Abroad programs are subject to the University of Virginia’s Policy on Student International Travel.

This program is currently not accepting applications.