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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
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Budget Sheets Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 15-FEB-2018 25-FEB-2018 12-MAY-2018 26-MAY-2018
NOTE: If accepted to the program, you must commit or decline participation by March 1. Accepted students will need to depart the U.S. on May 11th to arrive in Copenhagen on May 12th.
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:

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.  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.

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.

Information Session
Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at 5 p.m. in Rouss & Robertson Halls, Room 225

Course and Credit
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.

The class will meet in Copenhagen on the morning of Saturday, May 13, 2017.  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 in Copenhagen, Samsø, and Stockholm.

Wind farm

2018 Summer: COMM 4569 Denmark & Sweden Itinerary

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.


Program Directors
Program Co-Director Kerrie Carfagno ( is an Assistant Professor at the McIntire School of Commerce.
Program Co-Director Brad Brown ( is an Associate Professor at the McIntire School of Commerce.

Please refer to the "Budget Sheets" link in the information header of this page for a breakdown of tuition, program, and travel costs. NOTE: The required emergency insurance coverage is included in the program fee.

Accessibility Statement
The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual and flexible basis. 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.

McIntire School of Commerce
Information about all McIntire School of Commerce Global Programs can be found here.