Summer Travel Study

Scandinavian Section: In the Footsteps of Hans Christian Andersen

Registration Deadline Extended to April 13

  • Dates

    July 2 – 29, 2018

  • Location


  • Program Fee

    UC Undergrads: $5600

    UC Grad Students: $6100

    Visiting Students: $6100

    Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents.

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, Nesbø and Rosenfeldt.


Required Courses

SCAND 50W – Introduction to Scandinavian Literature & Culture: The Outsider in Scandinavian Literature (5 quarter units)

Scandinavian 50W provides undergraduates with a broad overview of the literary and cultural traditions of the Nordic lands.  Surveying a wide range of authors and filmmakers from these countries, from medieval times to the present day, we will familiarize ourselves with numerous influential Scandinavian texts.  In this course the term “literature” will be loosely defined in order to include several types of narratives, including film and oral folk tradition.  In turn, we will examine many of the cultural and intellectual movements from which these texts sprung, thereby providing a context for our study of “The Outsider in Scandinavian Literature.”  As this 5-unit course fulfills The Writing II Requirement, please be advised that the time commitment necessary to complete the course requirements will be substantial.  The writing component in this course is designed to furnish the UCLA student with a valuable set of tools for writing a successful analytic humanities paper.  Upon completion of the course, students will have a strong grasp of these tools, a firm grounding in several major currents in Scandinavian literature and a deeper understanding of “The Outsider in Scandinavian Literature.”

*SCAND 50W can be applied towards the Writing II, Literary and Cultural Analysis GE, and Diversity requirements.

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

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.


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 $5600 $6100 $6100
Textbooks (estimate) $100 $100 $100
Airfare (estimate) $1800 $1800 $1800
Meals (estimate) $1400 $1400 $1400
Spending Money (estimate) $500 $500 $500

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

Airfare, textbooks, optional courses, meals and optional excursions are additional.

Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents.

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

We typically advise students to wait until late March to purchase airplane tickets for summer programs.

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 twin occupancy, potentially with students from other US study abroad programs, with shared bathroom, kitchen, and laundry facilities. Students will also study at DIS study facilities.

UCLA Summer Sessions 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 day trips to Roskilde, Malmo & Odense, as well as visits to the Karen Blixen Museum, Hans Christian Andersen Museum, Amalienborg Palace, the Royal Danish Theater, Christiania, Elsinore & Kronborg Castle. 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

Emily Gyemek 

Program Correspondent

Third-year student at UCLA

Nursing major


Emily in Copenhagen - A Travel Study Blog

Today we had our second field trip where we, once again, met at Copenhagen Central Station to begin class. We journeyed  90 minutes by train to the Hans Christian Andersen Museum in Odense. He is a Danish author who is most well known for his fairy tales, including some of my personal favorites Thumbelina and The Little Mermaid.  The museum was quaint and offered the class greater insight into the creative soul H.C. Andersen truly was.