UCLA Travel Study

ELTS: In the Footsteps of Hans Christian Andersen

  • Dates

    July 5 – July 31, 2022

  • Location


  • Eligibility Requirement

    COVID-19 vaccine + booster required for entry into Denmark

  • Program Fee

    UC Undergrads: $5,900

    UC Grad Students: $6,500

    Visiting Students: $6,500

    Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents: View full fee disclaimer

With the renowned author Hans Christian Andersen as our springboard, this Travel Study program in Denmark will take full advantage of field trips, walking tours and hands-on exploration of place and space. While the title of the program is “In the footsteps of Hans Christian Andersen,” we will also have ample opportunity to follow in the footsteps of writers such as Karen Blixen, Ludvig Holberg, Peter Hoeg and others whose legacy can be seen and felt within Copenhagen or a short distance therefrom.  Moreover, participants will have the opportunity to experience Scandinavian culture past and present with visits to significant Viking and other medieval points of interest.  In addition, we will dive into the deep end of the latest wave of Nordic crime literature, including novels by Mankell, Larsson, and Seierstad.


Program Courses

All students will enroll in two required courses while attending the program:

  • SCAND 50/50W (5 units)
  • SCAND 143C (4 units)

Course Descriptions

SCAND 50/50W – Introduction to Scandinavian Literature and Cultures  (5 quarter units)

Prerequisites:  None

Designed for students in general and for those wishing to prepare for more advanced and specialized studies in Scandinavian literature and culture. Selected works from literatures of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, and Finland, ranging from myth, national epic, saga, and folktale through modern novel, poem, play, short story, and film, read in English and critically discussed.

*SCAND 50W can be applied towards the Writing II GE requirement.

**SCAND 50 & 50W can be applied towards the Literary and Cultural Analysis GE requirement. In addition, they can also can be applied toward the Diversity requirement for the College of Letters and Science, School of Music and Public Affairs. 

SCAND 143C – Scandinavian Crime Literature (4 quarter units)

Prerequisites:  None

How does the “nonfiction” true crime genre inform the traditional crime “fiction” narrative and vice versa?  Why is it that stories of violent murder top the best-seller lists?  Why are graphic, voyeuristic forensic detection dramas seemingly broadcast at all hours of the day or night on several television networks?  Do these accounts of crimes of power and crimes of desire reveal anything about culture, identity and ideology?  This course will address these questions from a Scandinavian perspective, exploring recent crime narratives from Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and the American Midwest.

Optional Course

SCAND 199: Directed Research

Students also have the option of enrolling in SCAND 199, allowing them to do an additional research paper on a topic related to the travel study program.  Instructor consent is required to register, so be sure to obtain your instructor’s approval on the subject and format. There is an additional fee for this optional course.

Students can enroll in optional courses by submitting the Optional Course Registration Form, as well as proof of instructor consent, to info@ieo.ucla.edu. You can enroll up until the Friday of the second week of your program.


All schedules, itineraries, and group activities are subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.


You are responsible for purchasing your own textbooks. We strongly suggest you read as much of the text material as possible before you depart. More information on textbooks will be available at a later date.

Budget and Financial Aid

Budget UC Undergrads UC Grad Students Visiting Students
Program Fee $5,900 $6,500 $6,500
Textbooks (estimate) $150 $150 $150
Airfare (estimate) $1500 $1500 $1500
Meals (estimate) $1,000 $1,000 $1,000
Spending Money (estimate) $800 $800 $800

Program fee includes registration and course fees, accommodations, program excursions and health insurance.

Airfare, textbooks,  meals, optional 199 course, optional excursions, and any COVID-19 testing required for travel are additional.

Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents. View full fee disclaimer.

Document Fee

Non-UCLA students will be charged a $50 Document Fee. This is a one-time document fee which covers fees for first-class mailing of official transcripts, diploma and much more. Please visit the Registrar’s Office Website for more information. Matriculated UCLA Students: Please visit the Registrar’s Office Website for document fee information.


All undergraduate students will be charged a $61 IEI fee per summer. The IEI (Instructional Enhancement Initiative) fee is a course materials fee that is charged in order to support the use of technology in undergraduate education at UCLA. For more information please click here.


We recommend that you budget accordingly to cover optional sightseeing, laundry, internet cafes, emergencies, etc.  How much to budget depends on your travel, entertainment, and souvenir choices. It is always best to overestimate your spending. Take the time to research the cost of living in your destination and the activities you want to participate in while abroad.

Purchasing Airfare

Please do not purchase airfare until instructed to do so by your Travel Study Program Coordinator.

Optional Course Fee
Optional 199 UC Undergrads UC Grad Students Visiting Students
Course Fee $279 per unit $349 per unit $360 per unit

Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents. View full fee disclaimer.

Financial Aid

Financial aid for Summer Sessions Travel Study programs is available to qualified UCLA students. All other students should inquire about financial aid at their home institution. For details about the financial aid application process, please visit the Financial Aid section of this website.

On Location

Accommodations & Study Center

Students will stay in a student dormitory or kollegium in Copenhagen, arranged by DIS Study Abroad. Rooms are 2-4 person occupancy, with shared bathroom, kitchen, living room and laundry facilities. Students will also study at DIS study facilities.

UCLA Travel Study reserves the right to change housing & study locations. Should this be necessary, we will arrange comparable facilities elsewhere.


No meals are included. Accommodations include a shared kitchen for preparing meals.

If you have strict dietary requirements, this program may not be able to accommodate your needs. Please let us know when you apply for this program if you have special dietary needs as well as any physical or medical conditions. We will advise you accordingly.


This program includes several excursions as part of its curriculum. Possible excursions include visits to the Roskilde Cathedral, Viking Ship museum,Karen Blixen  museum, Lousiana Museum, Amalienborg Palace, the Royal Danish Opera House, Elsinore and Kronborg Castle, the National Gallery, and Lund, Sweden. This list is subject to change.

A schedule of excursions will be available at a later date.

Limited free time is built into this program for independent sightseeing. If you plan on traveling extensively, we recommend that you budget additional spending money.

Student Stories

Ashley Zhang

2018 Program Correspondent

Communications and Entrepreneurship major

Emily Gyemek 

2016 Program Correspondent

Nursing major