UCLA Travel Study

ELTS: In the Footsteps of Hans Christian Andersen

  • Dates

    July 3 – July 29, 2023

  • Location

    Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Program Fee

    UC Undergrads: $6,600

    UC Grad Students: $7,200

    Visiting Students: $7,200

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

*2024 Program Information Coming Soon!*

Following in the footsteps of author Hans Christian Andersen, this Travel Study program in Denmark will take full advantage of field trips, walking tours and hands-on exploration of place and space. We will also have ample opportunity to follow in the footsteps of notable writers such as Karen Blixen, Ludvig Holberg, and others whose legacy can be seen and felt within Copenhagen or a short distance therefrom. Moreover, participants will have the opportunity to experience firsthand the Nordic model of sustainability as seen in the integrated modular design, architecture, transit, recreational spaces, public art, and urban planning all around us in Copenhagen.


Program Courses

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

  • SCAND 50/50W (5 units)
  • SCAND C180 (4 units)

Course Descriptions

SCAND 50/50W – Introduction to Scandinavian Literature and Cultures 

(5 quarter units)

Prerequisites:  None

Restrictions: Students with prior SCAND 50 credit cannot enroll in SCAND 50W. Students with prior SCAND 50W credit cannot enroll in SCAND 50. Consult program director for further guidance.

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 C180 – Literature & Society

Course Subtopic: Copenhagen and the Nordic Model of Sustainability

(4 quarter units)

Prerequisites:  None

This course explores the the Nordic model of sustainability through a case study of the city of Copenhagen. Bridging the traditional divisions between urban and rural, historic Copenhagen, which means “merchant’s harbor,” has always been an intersectional space for commercial but also transcultural exchanges. The sense or meaning of space and place in Copenhagen is forever under the negotiation of culture and identity. The bicycle and the windmill are common symbols of the city’s commitment to mobility, accessibility, sustainability, carbon consciousness and pragmatic urban planning. At its core, our case study of Copenhagen as a sustainable urban space will ask to what extent does urban design and planning center the human being versus other stakeholders? We will investigate how the city’s human-centered design, planning and general sustainability are reflected in Scandinavian cultural traditions in literature, history, film, television, art, architecture, design, urban planning, and beyond.

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 $6,600 $7,200 $7,200
Textbooks (estimate) $150 $150 $150
Airfare (estimate) $1,800 $1,800 $1,800
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

This is an immersive journey into experiential learning in Copenhagen and beyond. The program will explore historically significant sites and see the Nordic model of sustainability with Denmark as your classroom.

DIS Study Center & Housing

Students will study at DIS study facilities.

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.

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 for 2023 include:

  • The Roskilde Cathedral
  • Viking Ship museum
  • Karen Blixen Museum
  • Lousiana Museum
  • The National Gallery
  • Hven island
  • Thomas Dambo outdoor sculpture tour
  • Resistance Museum
  • Lynetten wind farm
  • Copenhill treatment plant
  • Black Diamond royal library

This list is subject to change. A complete schedule of summer 2023 excursions will be available at a later date.

Student Stories

Ashley Zhang

2018 Program Correspondent

Communications and Entrepreneurship major

Emily Gyemek 

2016 Program Correspondent

Nursing major