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Denmark: Exchange Program in Odense


Experience the vibrant, welcoming culture of Denmark through Ohio University’s exchange program with the University of Southern Denmark. The program is based in Odense, Denmark, the nation’s third-largest city, and the birthplace of famed fairytale author Hans Christian Andersen. 

Denmark is a great place to study abroad! The Danes enjoy a high standard of living and their friendly, welcoming nature makes it easy to get to befriend them. English is also very widely spoken in Denmark making it easy to connect with Danish students and to travel independently.

The city of Odense is also student-friendly. The city is home to over 30,000 students and is characterized by a lively, youthful atmosphere. Odense also offers a vibrant cultural and social scene. Students can enjoy live music, local arts and entertainment events, as well as several green spaces throughout the city. Odense is known as the “city of festivals” and is home to many celebrations throughout the summer.

Odense is easy to navigate either on foot, by bus or on bicycle. Many exchange students choose to purchase a bicycle during their stay, as the campus is just a 15 minute ride away from the city center. Odense’s central location within Denmark and the highly efficient Danish rail network make it easy to explore the region. Copenhagen, the nation’s capital, is just 90 minutes away by train.

Program Length

  • Fall Semester: September – December (students usually arrive late August for orientation and return around Dec. 22 or 23)*
  • Spring Semester: Feb – June*
  • Academic Year: September –June

    *Both fall and spring semester have a week-long break, which gives students the opportunity to travel.

More information can be found  here.  

Eligibility & selection process 

The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students of all majors who have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Students are selected based on their academic achievements, personal essay, and interview. Students will apply via Ohio University’s  online application  and will also need to fill out an application form to the University of Southern Denmark (this will be provided after your nomination to the program). 

Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad.  Click here to read the entire conduct policy.

Applicants must be matriculated OHIO students. 

Application deadline 

Living arrangements 

The University of Southern Denmark guarantees accommodation for all exchange students, either in a hall of residence or in approved private lodgings of similar standard. More information is available here. 

Courses and credits 

Students can take courses offered in English in the humanities. Most students select courses in the  Scandinavian Area Studies  (SAS) program, English Department and American Studies.  Other disciplines also offer a select number of courses in English. The SAS program is an introduction to Scandinavian cultural, social political, economic, and historical life.  

The following is a sample list of courses available at University of Southern Denmark:

Fall Semester

  • Scandinavian Welfare Culture
  • The History of the Scandinavian Welfare State
  • Scandinavian Art and Design
  • American Literature before 1922
  • American History
  • Business and the Market in the United States
  • Language and Society: USA
  • History of American Foreign Relations
  • Reagan's America: U.S. Politics in the 1980s
  • General Linguistics
  • Literature in English: Text, Criticism and Canon
  • Rhetoric and Stylistics

  Spring Semester

  • The Scandinavian Welfare Society
  • Hans Christian Andersen and the Golden Age
  • Pop Goes the World: 20th Century American Popular Music
  • American Culture and the World
  • Nineteenth-Century American Literature: Issues of Identity
  • Language, Variation and Change
  • English Literature 1350-1776
  • British History
  • American Literature after 1922
  • Democratic Experiments in American Literature
  • Back to Nature: The Greening of Literary Studies

For a current list of courses offered, click  here.   When planning your course selection, you should meet with an OGO exchange coordinator.

Students will take 30 ECTS hours while in Denmark (ECTS stands for the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System). Students earn transfer credit for the hours received in Denmark, and students taking a full-load in Denmark usually receive approximately 15 semester hours. 

Recommended Pre-Departure Course: INST 1001
All students participating in an OHIO Exchange Program are encouraged to take INST 1001 "Cross-Cultural Preparation for Study Abroad" the semester prior to departure. Read more about  INST 1001 here.




Fall Semester 2019 student budget worksheet

Academic Year 2019-2020 student budget worksheet

Spring semester 2020 student budget worksheet

More information on funding can be found here.

Non-resident surcharge waived for this program.

Additional Information on Denmark

To learn more about this study abroad destination, please visit the  CIA World Factbook

Additional useful links on Denmark:

Health and safety 

Ohio University Office of Global Opportunities suggests you follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control  for healthy travel to your destination.

Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.

Refer to the  State Department website  for information related to safety and security at this destination.

Also refer to  International SOS  for information related to safety and security at this destination. To log in to the International SOS website, please use the OHIO membership IS: 11BCAS000010.

Requesting accommodation for disabilities

If you plan to participate in an Ohio University-sponsored study abroad program and wish to request accommodation, you should contact the  Office of Student Accessibility Services  to schedule an appointment to complete an  Global Opportunities Disability Accommodation Request Form . We recommend you do this as early as possible to allow sufficient time to determine what accommodations may be made for this program.

Entry and exit requirements 

U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States.  If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year,  apply for your passport  now. 

Students on the Denmark Exchange program who are US citizens are required to apply for a residence permit in order to reside in Denmark for over 90 days. Students will apply for this permit before departing for Denmark. Detailed instructions and assistance will be provided as part of the orientation for the program.

Please note that visa requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates or travel to other countries during or after the program. For more information, please consult the  entry and exit requirements for Denmark. 

For more specific visa related information please visit OGO's  Visa Information Page.  
Information for NON-US citizens can be found  here.  

For more information contact: 

Kirsten Dabelko
Program Coordinator
(740) 597-9039






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