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Scandinavia

Scandinavia

Dates

June 29 – July 23, 2022

Subjects

Archaeology, History

Deadlines

Dec. 1: Apply Early & Save $100
Feb. 15: Regular Deadline 

Program Overview

The KIIS Denmark program returns as KIIS Scandinavia in Summer 2022 and will visit Denmark and Iceland.
This fast-paced program will take students through cities and many beautiful towns and rural landscapes in Denmark, and Iceland.  We will explore Scandinavia’s varied historic and archaeological past, beginning in Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital city, then to Aarhus, Denmark.   Then we fly to Iceland for the program’s final five nights.  Along the way, we’ll sail a Viking ship, visit an ancient burial ground, explore state-of-the-art museums, climb church towers, tour castles and fortresses, stroll through botanical gardens, gape at Baltic-sea beauty, marvel at geysers, and be amazed by the spectacular landscapes of Iceland.

Language Requirement: None. All courses are taught in English. 

Accommodations: Hotel, 3-5 people per room.

OrientationMandatory orientation on Saturday, April 9, 2022, Online. See Orientation for more information.

Courses

Courses are taught in English and are 3 credit hours. You may enroll in 1-2 courses.

ANTH 366 Topics: Viking Archaeology

Dr. Kelli Carmean

This course explores Viking (Norse) culture through material remains such as artifacts, burials, and settlements. Archaeological materials such as these will be compared against the Icelandic saga evidence. The course includes visits to actual Viking sites, both excavated and reconstructed, as well as some that are relatively unexplored.

HIST 490 Topics: History and Culture of Scandinavia

Dr. Carolyn Dupont

This course will explore the broad sweep of Scandinavian history and culture from c. 1000 to the present. In addition to readings and discussions, our learning strategies will treat the sites we visit as both sources of information and opportunities to analyze how culture and identity are learned, reproduced, and reinforced.

All KIIS course credit is awarded by Western Kentucky University. Prior to your KIIS program, please speak with your home campus academic advisor and/or study abroad office to determine course equivalencies. Grades will be transferred to your home institution in mid-August after the completion of the program. Course offerings are subject to change according to enrollment. For more information, visit Transcripts & Grades.

Program Excursions

Lindholm Høje, Denmark

A highlight of the program, this Viking ship-stone cemetery offers the opportunity to sit close beside an ancient grave, and integrate learning in significant ways. Mapping, grave typology, and an eyewitness account of a Viking chieftain’s funeral enable you to think deeply about what may have happened, graveside, at this important place, over a thousand years ago.

Reykjavik, Iceland

We will explore Iceland’s vibrant urban scene as well as its historical sites, such as Hallgrimskirkja (Hallgrim’s Church).

Erick the Red’s Longhouse, Iceland

Banished from Iceland, Erick the Red founded the Viking settlements of Greenland, and was father to Leif Erickson, “discoverer” of the New World. We explore inside his reconstructed longhouse, as well as where excavations uncovered his original home.

Hans Christian Andersen Sites, Copenhagen

We will visit homes and other sites associated with Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, including Copenhagen’s famous Little Mermaid statue. Among other themes, H.C. Andersen's fairy tales present lessons of virtue and resilience in the face of adversity.

Tivoli Gardens/Museum Multi-pass

Beautiful Tivoli Gardens—right in the middle of Copenhagen—opened in 1843, making it one of the world’s oldest amusement parks and pleasure gardens. The program provides each participant with a five-day free admission pass to this delightful Copenhagen must-see. The pass is also good for free admission to many other Copenhagen museums, sites and attractions—some 70 sites in all!

Skajafjord, Iceland

We will travel along north Iceland’s scenic Skajafjord, with spectacular views of Drangey Island, a volcanic remnant, and the last refuge of the famous saga-era outlaw Grettir.

Iceland’s Golden Circle

We’ll take trips out of Reykjavik to explore the natural beauty of Iceland’s three most famous natural wonders. At Thingvellir National Park, regarded by Icelanders as a national shrine, we’ll see the rift valley caused by the drift of the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates that meet there. We’ll see bubbling hot springs and watch the geyser Stokkur erupt at the Geysir area and enjoy the beauty of Gullfoss waterfall.

Copenhagen Neighborhood Walk

The program aims to offer students an in-depth cultural encounter.  Thus, we’ll spend some time getting to know Copenhagen neighborhoods not often frequented by tourists. Each one has its own character and vibe. Students will talk to residents and learn what locals think of life in their Copenhagen neighborhood.

Glaumbaer Folk Museum, Iceland

We will explore inside a traditional turf farmstead from the 18th century when life in rural Iceland was particularly close to the land.

Frederiksborg and Kronborg Castles

The castles of Frederiksborg and Kronborg, two among many in Denmark, highlight the country’s past as a mighty empire and a powerful Baltic state.  Kronborg claimed such renown in its day that William Shakespeare used the castle as the setting for his play Hamlet.

Roskilde, Denmark & Viking Ships

In Denmark’s medieval capital of Roskilde, students explore the renowned Viking ships museum, which houses the reassembled remains of five Viking ships from around 1000 A.D.  Additionally, we will sail sea-worthy replicas of these ships! At the majestic state cathedral, we’ll view the burial place of Danish kings and queens.

Hólar Cathedral, Iceland

Hólar was northern Iceland’s center of religion and learning for nearly seven centuries (1106-1798). Here was the final stronghold of Catholicism during Iceland’s Reformation, a contentious era that ended when Hólar’s bishop was beheaded at Skálholt Cathedral, in southern Iceland, which we also visit.

What's Included

Program Cost: $4,950 + airfare

Earn up to 6 Credit Hours

Group Flight (Required)

Airport Transfers in Denmark & Iceland

Accommodations

2 Meals per Day

Groups Excursions & Transport

Copenhagen Subway Tickets

Medical Insurance

Security Evacuation Protection

Program Director & Faculty
on-site 24/7

To help you budget, keep in mind that you are responsible for the cost of obtaining a passport ($145), one meal per day + personal expenses (approx. $500-$1000 depending on your food tastes/spending habits), pre-departure (in USA) Covid-19 test and on-site (KIIS location abroad) Covid-19 test to return home, any class readings/materials, and any fees from your college/university.

Although KIIS tries to foresee all possible expenses in formulating program fees, please note that dramatic fluctuations in foreign currency valuations and/or airline surcharges may affect the total cost of the program.

Required Group Flight

Estimated Cost: $1,300 – $1,400

The group flight is required for Scandinavia participants. We fly together from the USA to Copenhagen. In the final week, we fly to Reykjavik, Iceland, and return to the USA from Iceland. KIIS will purchase these flight tickets for you. Any exceptions to the group flight must be pre-approved by the program director. The flight cost will be added to your final program fee on April 1. The Scandinavia group flight will depart from Chicago, New York, or Washington, DC.

The flight to Denmark is overnight arriving the following morning. On the return, the flight from Iceland to the USA departs and arrives on the same day. Visit Flights and Passports & Visas for more information.

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Description

Dates

June 29 – July 23, 2022

Subjects

Archaeology, History

Deadlines

Dec. 1: Apply Early & Save $100
Feb. 15: Regular Deadline 

Program Overview

The KIIS Denmark program returns as KIIS Scandinavia in Summer 2022 and will visit Denmark and Iceland.
This fast-paced program will take students through cities and many beautiful towns and rural landscapes in Denmark, and Iceland.  We will explore Scandinavia’s varied historic and archaeological past, beginning in Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital city, then to Aarhus, Denmark.   Then we fly to Iceland for the program’s final five nights.  Along the way, we’ll sail a Viking ship, visit an ancient burial ground, explore state-of-the-art museums, climb church towers, tour castles and fortresses, stroll through botanical gardens, gape at Baltic-sea beauty, marvel at geysers, and be amazed by the spectacular landscapes of Iceland.

Language Requirement: None. All courses are taught in English. 

Accommodations: Hotel, 3-5 people per room.

OrientationMandatory orientation on Saturday, April 9, 2022, Online. See Orientation for more information.

Courses

Courses are taught in English and are 3 credit hours. You may enroll in 1-2 courses.

ANTH 366 Topics: Viking Archaeology

Dr. Kelli Carmean

This course explores Viking (Norse) culture through material remains such as artifacts, burials, and settlements. Archaeological materials such as these will be compared against the Icelandic saga evidence. The course includes visits to actual Viking sites, both excavated and reconstructed, as well as some that are relatively unexplored.

HIST 490 Topics: History and Culture of Scandinavia

Dr. Carolyn Dupont

This course will explore the broad sweep of Scandinavian history and culture from c. 1000 to the present. In addition to readings and discussions, our learning strategies will treat the sites we visit as both sources of information and opportunities to analyze how culture and identity are learned, reproduced, and reinforced.

All KIIS course credit is awarded by Western Kentucky University. Prior to your KIIS program, please speak with your home campus academic advisor and/or study abroad office to determine course equivalencies. Grades will be transferred to your home institution in mid-August after the completion of the program. Course offerings are subject to change according to enrollment. For more information, visit Transcripts & Grades.

Program Excursions

Viđimýri Church, Iceland

This turf church with a traditional bell gate was built in the medieval era, although the foundations of an earlier, 12th century church are just under the floorboards.

Reykjavik, Iceland

We will explore Iceland’s vibrant urban scene as well as its historical sites, such as Hallgrimskirkja (Hallgrim’s Church).

Glaumbaer Folk Museum, Iceland

We will explore inside a traditional turf farmstead from the 18th century when life in rural Iceland was particularly close to the land.

Roskilde, Denmark & Viking Ships

In Denmark’s medieval capital of Roskilde, students explore the renowned Viking ships museum, which houses the reassembled remains of five Viking ships from around 1000 A.D.  Additionally, we will sail sea-worthy replicas of these ships! At the majestic state cathedral, we’ll view the burial place of Danish kings and queens.

Skajafjord, Iceland

We will travel along north Iceland’s scenic Skajafjord, with spectacular views of Drangey Island, a volcanic remnant, and the last refuge of the famous saga-era outlaw Grettir.

Tivoli Gardens/Museum Multi-pass

Beautiful Tivoli Gardens—right in the middle of Copenhagen—opened in 1843, making it one of the world’s oldest amusement parks and pleasure gardens. The program provides each participant with a five-day free admission pass to this delightful Copenhagen must-see. The pass is also good for free admission to many other Copenhagen museums, sites and attractions—some 70 sites in all!

Lindholm Høje, Denmark

A highlight of the program, this Viking ship-stone cemetery offers the opportunity to sit close beside an ancient grave, and integrate learning in significant ways. Mapping, grave typology, and an eyewitness account of a Viking chieftain’s funeral enable you to think deeply about what may have happened, graveside, at this important place, over a thousand years ago.

Jelling, Denmark – UNESCO World Heritage Site

Denmark’s “Birthplace”, Jelling, features two massive burial mounds that connect it to both the country’s pagan and Christian pasts.  The brand-new, technologically sophisticated museum opens up a challenging exploration of all the site has to offer.

Iceland’s Golden Circle

We’ll take trips out of Reykjavik to explore the natural beauty of Iceland’s three most famous natural wonders. At Thingvellir National Park, regarded by Icelanders as a national shrine, we’ll see the rift valley caused by the drift of the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates that meet there. We’ll see bubbling hot springs and watch the geyser Stokkur erupt at the Geysir area and enjoy the beauty of Gullfoss waterfall.

Hólar Cathedral, Iceland

Hólar was northern Iceland’s center of religion and learning for nearly seven centuries (1106-1798). Here was the final stronghold of Catholicism during Iceland’s Reformation, a contentious era that ended when Hólar’s bishop was beheaded at Skálholt Cathedral, in southern Iceland, which we also visit.

Frederiksborg and Kronborg Castles

The castles of Frederiksborg and Kronborg, two among many in Denmark, highlight the country’s past as a mighty empire and a powerful Baltic state.  Kronborg claimed such renown in its day that William Shakespeare used the castle as the setting for his play Hamlet.

Erick the Red’s Longhouse, Iceland

Banished from Iceland, Erick the Red founded the Viking settlements of Greenland, and was father to Leif Erickson, “discoverer” of the New World. We explore inside his reconstructed longhouse, as well as where excavations uncovered his original home.

What's Included

Program Cost: $4,950 + airfare

Earn up to 6 Credit Hours

Group Flight (Required)

Airport Transfers in Denmark & Iceland

Accommodations

2 Meals per Day

Groups Excursions & Transport

Copenhagen Subway Tickets

Medical Insurance

Security Evacuation Protection

Program Director & Faculty
on-site 24/7

To help you budget, keep in mind that you are responsible for the cost of obtaining a passport ($145), one meal per day + personal expenses (approx. $500-$1000 depending on your food tastes/spending habits), pre-departure (in USA) Covid-19 test and on-site (KIIS location abroad) Covid-19 test to return home, any class readings/materials, and any fees from your college/university.

Although KIIS tries to foresee all possible expenses in formulating program fees, please note that dramatic fluctuations in foreign currency valuations and/or airline surcharges may affect the total cost of the program.

Required Group Flight

Estimated Cost: $1,300 – $1,400

The group flight is required for Scandinavia participants. We fly together from the USA to Copenhagen. In the final week, we fly to Reykjavik, Iceland, and return to the USA from Iceland. KIIS will purchase these flight tickets for you. Any exceptions to the group flight must be pre-approved by the program director. The flight cost will be added to your final program fee on April 1. The Scandinavia group flight will depart from Chicago, New York, or Washington, DC.

The flight to Denmark is overnight arriving the following morning. On the return, the flight from Iceland to the USA departs and arrives on the same day. Visit Flights and Passports & Visas for more information.

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