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Belmont in Sweden & Denmark: CLOSED

Social Justice, Culture & Communication

Scandinavia is well known for its high quality of life, with many polls consistently ranking countries like Sweden and Denmark as some of the most socially just and "happiest" regions on earth. On this journey, we will explore the amazing cities of Uppsala, Stockholm, and Copenhagen. We will familiarize ourselves with the rich and beautiful heritage of these places, as well as examine how these modern communities care for their people so well. "
Lagom,” a Swedish word that means “just the right amount,” sums up our Scandinavian study abroad—just the right amount of rich and diverse culture, vibrant scholarly experiences, and fantastic summer fun. 

Part One: June 1-3

Students prepare for departure through classes on campus. These activities and discussions will give us a foundation for our experiences abroad.

Part Two: June 4 – June 19

This 14-day excursion is an adventure in Stockholm, Uppsala, and Copenhagen to experience the history and culture of Sweden and Denmark and to investigate the highly successful social policy systems in Sweden and Denmark.


Highlights include:

  • Dinner Cruise in Uppsala
  • Boat tour to Drottingholm Palace and Canal Tour in Copenhagen
  • Tour of Stadshuset – Stockholm’s stunning City Hall
  • Day trip to Sigtuna – Sweden’s earliest Viking settlement
  • Culinary Tour of the famous Östermalms Saluhall (Swedish market)
  • Vasa Warship Museum – An intact and recovered 17th century royal warship
  • Museum visits, tours, and day trips
  • Lectures from Swedish/Danish Professors and Professionals
Program Dates:
Summer Study Abroad: June 1 to June 19, 2017

Interest Meeting:


Students enroll in one or more of the following courses:

Courses include:

ENG 3950 - Third Year Writing - Living Like a Scandinavian and Traveling Like an American

During our time in Scandinavia, we will experience many aspects of Swedish and Danish culture from trying new foods (like pickled herring and moose meatballs and Swedish sandwich cake) to exploring new places (such as the gorgeous archipelago around Stockholm) to digging into the history of the place (we’ll visit a 17th century warship and a Viking settlement in Denmark). We will also investigate the history of travel writing and examine our role as visitors to another country. How do we see the world, how is it shaped by our history, our culture, our gender, and our status in the world? What are our responsibilities as travelers and citizens of the world? We will be lagom researcher, lagom student, and lagom adventurer! This will serve as Third Year Writing credit.

COM 3950 - Junior Cornerstone - Intercultural Communication in Sweden 

Globalization continues to change the way we work, build and maintain relationships, travel, and live. To effectively navigate these changes, you need to be a competent communicator in and with different cultures. Intercultural Communication is a course that can help. In this Study Abroad course, we will experience and explore the similarities and many differences between cultures in Scandinavia and the United States. The course will teach you how to be an excellent communicator, not just in Sweden and Denmark, but also in a variety of cultures. This course iS for you if you’re interested in studying/living abroad, working in international business, or if you simply want to travel the world! This will serve as a Junior Cornerstone, Social Science Gen Ed class, or a Communication Studies Major/Minor course.

SWK 1950 Social Justice in Sweden – A Comparative Seminar

Social justice is defined as “…an ideal condition in which all members of a society have the same rights, protections, opportunities, obligations, and social benefits” (Barker, 2003, p. 405).  The concept of social justice acts as a framework through which social advocates recognize the connection between personal struggles and the structural arrangements of a society (Fisher & Karger, 1997). We will broadly examine the social welfare systems in Scandinavia and the United States in an effort to better understand the strengths and weaknesses of each. Students will explore the political and philosophical differences that underpin the distribution of resources related to the alleviation of poverty, the provision of education, health care, and family services in both countries. 


  • Open to qualified Belmont students
  • Students can be from any discipline
  • Undergraduate students need GPA of 2.5 or above
Costs: Program Fee + Tuition

1)     Program Fee: $5,500 : Includes  airfare, group events, housing, fares, and student insurance.

2)     Belmont Tuition: Tuition is charged at the special study abroad tuition rate of 1/3 the cost of normal summer tuition. For every 3 hours of study abroad credit you register for, you pay for only one hour.


Undergraduate: Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn three to nine hours of Belmont University credit.


Application Deadlines:

February 15, 2017

Faculty Contacts: 
Dr. Susan Finch or Dr. Jennifer Crowell or Dr. Nathan Webb