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Scandinavia

Dates

June 30 – July 24, 2021

Subjects

Archaeology, History

Deadlines

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

Program Overview


This fast-paced program will take students through four cities and many beautiful towns and rural landscapes in Denmark, Sweden, and Iceland.  We’ll explore Scandinavia’s varied historic and archaeological past, beginning with five-days in Aarhus, Denmark.  From there, we’ll ferry to Gothenburg, Sweden for a three-day stay.  From there, we train it down the Swedish coast and cross the Øresund to arrive in Copenhagen, Denmark.  After ten experience-rich days in Denmark’s capital city, we’ll fly to Reykjavik, Iceland for the program’s final three 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, and marvel at geysers.

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

Accommodations: Hotel, 3-5 people per room.

OrientationMandatory orientation on Saturday, April 17 in Bowling Green, KY. 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

Tanum Rock Art Site, Sweden

We hike the grounds of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tanum to see a truly astounding array of Bronze Age rock art. We can all recognize the ship motifs, but what might the thousands of weapons dancers, mean? We’ll visit and discuss these enigmatic images with a site archaeologist, and see what we can discover about Scandinavia’s pre-Viking heritage.

Traditional Palestinian Restaurant, Sweden

Dine Mediterranean as the program goes culinary at one of Sweden’s longest-standing traditional Palestinian restaurants. Get ready to experience the sun-splashed flavors of olive oil and garlic, yogurt, lamb, herbs, and fresh vegetables (vegetarian/vegan friendly).

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.

Gothenburg, Sweden

In beautiful colonial Gothenburg we’ll visit The House of Emigrants, a wharf-side museum that tells the story of Sweden’s great outmigration. At this very wharf, over a million Swedes braved the mighty Atlantic in search of opportunity in new places like the fast-growing, young immigrant nation of America.  In light of this scale of outmigration, we’ll consider one of the great archaeological hoaxes of all time: The Kensington Rune Stone, and how it relates to this era.

Iceland’s Golden Circle

We’ll take a day trip 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.

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.

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.

Ferry to Island of Hven, Sweden

This tiny island—only six miles circumference—sits in the sound between Denmark and Sweden and can only be reached by ferry.  We’ll spend a day there enjoying its natural beauty and exploring the remnants of Tycho Brahe’s 16th-century world-class, cutting-edge astronomical research facility.

What's Included

Program Cost: $4,650 + 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) 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 Chicago to Copenhagen. In the final week, we fly to Reykjavik, Iceland, and return to Chicago 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.

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 30 – July 24, 2021

Subjects

Archaeology, History

Deadlines

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

Program Overview


This fast-paced program will take students through four cities and many beautiful towns and rural landscapes in Denmark, Sweden, and Iceland.  We’ll explore Scandinavia’s varied historic and archaeological past, beginning with five-days in Aarhus, Denmark.  From there, we’ll ferry to Gothenburg, Sweden for a three-day stay.  From there, we train it down the Swedish coast and cross the Øresund to arrive in Copenhagen, Denmark.  After ten experience-rich days in Denmark’s capital city, we’ll fly to Reykjavik, Iceland for the program’s final three 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, and marvel at geysers.

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

Accommodations: Hotel, 3-5 people per room.

OrientationMandatory orientation on Saturday, April 17 in Bowling Green, KY. 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

Tanum Rock Art Site, Sweden

We hike the grounds of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tanum to see a truly astounding array of Bronze Age rock art. We can all recognize the ship motifs, but what might the thousands of weapons dancers, mean? We’ll visit and discuss these enigmatic images with a site archaeologist, and see what we can discover about Scandinavia’s pre-Viking heritage.

Traditional Palestinian Restaurant, Sweden

Dine Mediterranean as the program goes culinary at one of Sweden’s longest-standing traditional Palestinian restaurants. Get ready to experience the sun-splashed flavors of olive oil and garlic, yogurt, lamb, herbs, and fresh vegetables (vegetarian/vegan friendly).

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.

Gothenburg, Sweden

In beautiful colonial Gothenburg we’ll visit The House of Emigrants, a wharf-side museum that tells the story of Sweden’s great outmigration. At this very wharf, over a million Swedes braved the mighty Atlantic in search of opportunity in new places like the fast-growing, young immigrant nation of America.  In light of this scale of outmigration, we’ll consider one of the great archaeological hoaxes of all time: The Kensington Rune Stone, and how it relates to this era.

Iceland’s Golden Circle

We’ll take a day trip 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.

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.

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.

Ferry to Island of Hven, Sweden

This tiny island—only six miles circumference—sits in the sound between Denmark and Sweden and can only be reached by ferry.  We’ll spend a day there enjoying its natural beauty and exploring the remnants of Tycho Brahe’s 16th-century world-class, cutting-edge astronomical research facility.

What's Included

Program Cost: $4,650 + 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) 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 Chicago to Copenhagen. In the final week, we fly to Reykjavik, Iceland, and return to Chicago 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.

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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