Copenhagen Pre-fall 2019

Status of the little Mermaid at the port of Copenhagen
Little Mermaid in Copenhagen

This is a Bellevue College faculty-led program. To begin your application, please get in touch with Prof. Li Liu at li.liu@bellevuecollege.edu

Program dates

Depart U.S.: Friday, August 16, 2019

Arrive Copenhagen: Saturday, August 17, 2019

Depart Copenhagen: Tuesday, September 3, 2019

 

 

 

Application timeline

Early bird discount ($50) deadline: process your deposit with the AIFS by Friday, Feb 15 2019

group flight deadline: Friday, May 3, 2019
application deadline: Friday, May 10 , 2019
Deposit/optional Stockholm weekend excursion fee due: Friday, May 10th 2019
Final balance due: Friday, June 14th, 2019

Course: CMST&280, Intercultural Communication, 5 cr.

(offered online during summer quarter of 2019, between July 2 and Aug 15)

Faculty: Li Liu, li.liu@bellevuecollege.edu

Course info:

CMST280, Intercultural Communication is a 5-credit course that highlights different cultural norms and values reflected through daily communicative acts. For the 2019 Copenhagen program, students will take an online CMST280, Intercultural Communication course during the summer quarter of 2019, in which the readings and discussions will be developed to prepare students for the cultural experience ahead. For instance, one important aspect of CMST 280, Intercultural Communication, deals with the different perspectives toward use of language in different cultural communities. Some cultural communities admire verbal clarity and value “small talk” to break the ice. Some cultural communities value silence and only talk when they have important information to share with one another; they view “small talk” as a waste of time.

The Scandinavian culture mostly share the latter view toward use of language. Many scholars have conducted ethnographic research in that area. I use Carbaugh’s (1998) ethnographic account, “Superficial American and Silent Finns” as one example, which documents Carbaugh’s experience in Finland a few decades ago. If students can visit Scandinavian cultures, they can make observations in street, in restaurants, during their meetings with locals and those experience will supplement the reading in a significant way. It will be a first-hand, empowering experience and I look forward to making those learning moments possible for students.

Drawing from the experience in Copenhagen, students can also reflect upon their identity as either a “student tourist” or a “traveling learner”. They will use auto-ethnography as the primary research method and document both the observable communication details, as well as their connection to the invisible emotions and memories. This method has been successfully implemented in the summer 2017 Switzerland study abroad program, in which an Intercultural Communication course was also offered.

Program at a Glance – Copenhagen and Stockholm

  • 19-days exploration of Northern Europe’s lands of Viking culture, studying the communication norm, use of space and food culture in Copenhagen and Stockholm;
  • Half-day walking sightseeing tour as well as a canal boat tour at Copenhagen;
  • Entrance with guided tour to the National Museum of Denmark;
  • A half-day excursion to Roskilde’s Viking Ship Museum, including round-trip public transportation and entrance with guided tour;
  • With an optional week tour to Stockholm, visit the Vasa Museum and examine the Vasa ship capsized and sank in Stockholm 1628, and a day trip to Drottningholm Palace, including round-trip boat transportation and entrance.

Accommodations, Meals and Travel Pass

  • Multi-bedded rooms with en-suite facilities within a centrally-located hostel. Linens, towels and wi-fi are provided and there are laundry facilities on-site.
  • daily breakfast at student accommodation and welcome meal.
  • travel pass: a city pass for unlimited use of buses, trains and metro on zones 1-4 of Copenhagen.

Program Fee

Based on enrollment of 12 or more student participants, the program fee is $3,175.

program fee includes:

  • Pre-departure information services and a toll-free contact number in the US;
  • On-site orientation with local staff to provide advice and guidance on general safety, incident response procedures and contact information for local emergency services;
  • 24/7 AIFS emergency service with both local number to reach on-site staff and toll-free number in the US;
  • CISI insurance plan that covers doctor visits, prescriptions, hospitalization and medical evacuation;
  • Group activities included in the program;
  • Multi-bedded rooms with en-suite facilities within a centrally-located hostel. Linens, towels and wi-fi are provided and there are laundry facilities on-site.
  • daily breakfast at student accommodation and welcome meal.
  • travel pass: a city pass for unlimited use of buses, trains and metro on zones 1-4 of Copenhagen.
  • Access to classroom for two hours per day, two days per week.

Program fee does not include:

  • Round-trip international airfare;
  • Passport or visa fees if applicable;
  • Meals other than listed;
  • Bellevue College tuition;
  • Personal expenses.

Group Flight Option

With at least 10 students electing the group flight option, AIFS can book group flight for students on the program departure and return date between Seattle and Copenhagen at an estimated air fare of $1,190 per person.

Stockholm Weekend

With at least 10 students electing this option, an optional, three-day, two-nights excursion to Stockholm is offered through the program, which including round-trip, standard-class train travel and accommodation in multi-bedded rooms on a bed and breakfast basis in a centrally located hostel. The fee for the excursion is $545.

Program documents

Budget Request sheet Copenhagen 2019

Picture of Copenhagen port
Copenhagen port, Nyhavn

Last Updated November 27, 2018