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  • Locations: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Maymester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:



  • Explore the guiding principles of sustainable development and gain a basic understanding of the global energy sector
  • See first-hand many of the innovative and interesting solutions to energy and water management challenges and explore the underlying policies and policy implementation techniques in Denmark's regions and communities
  • Learn about the effectiveness of community based planning and action
  • Visit sites across Denmark and Sweden and immerse yourself into the Nordic culture and democratic design
  • Experience exciting outcomes of green infrastructure and renewable energy integrated into the urban fabric


Image 1This 3-week study abroad represents a rare and exciting opportunity for explorations of sustainable development, urban design and energy and climate change policy in one of the most progressive parts of the world. Copenhagen is a laboratory of visionary urbanism with sustainable approaches and innovations as diverse as creating integrated bicycle networks, the introduction of high quality public space, pedestrian connectivity, and design innovations in architecture, urban design and landscape architecture.  For decades, Denmark has been a global leader in thinking, learning and acting on clean energy, climate change and sustainability issues.  

Denmark’s national and municipal governments have established far-reaching and effective policies related to sustainable development and clean energy, and its businesses and universities are leaders in technology, innovation and implementation.  In this study abroad, we will explore city as a human habitat and investigate how climatic conditions, public space, and local transportation systems contribute to the quality of life. We will:

  • analyze public space and experience how the Danish bicycle culture through design uses physical environments to support a healthy lifestyle.
  • visit sites and hear expert presentations across Denmark and in Sweden to immerse ourselves into the Nordic culture of democratic design, cooperative management, sustainable living, technological excellence and environmental protection
  • explore exciting outcomes of green infrastructure and renewable energy integrated into the country’s fabric
  • investigate Denmark’s commitment to environmental protection and thoughtful development. Denmark’s unique culture and natural beauty make it a perfect location to explore the sustainability challenges facing today’s world.  


Image 2Course Information

  • Students are required to register for the full 6 credits of the program, offered in two 3-credit courses: 

    Architecture and Planning students will register for: 
    LDAR 6520 Landscape Architecture in Other Cultures: Denmark 
    LDAR 6711

    Public Affairs and Business students will register for: 
    PUAD 6600 Special Topics – Public Administration 
    MGMT 4028/6028
  • *Undergrads: Eligible for credit towards CLAS Sustainability Minor

 Eligibility Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 GPA at time of application
  • Undergraduate students must have completed at least one semester of college coursework (12 or more credit hours) at the time of application
  • Review the full Eligibility Policy for more details 
  • Non-CU Denver applicants must review the Non-CU Denver Student Policy

  • Housing

    • Hotel

    2019 Cost

    • $5,900 (approximate)
    • Includes: Tuition and fees, shared accommodation, entrance fees, some meals, ground transportation, and health and evacuation insurance
    • Not Included: Airfare, most meals, personal expenses, and visa fees if applicable

    Faculty Leader

    This program is directed by Mark Safty:

    Mark Safty has served as the Wirth Chair in Sustainable Development and Scholar in Residence at CU Denver's School of Public Affairs since 2013.  The Wirth Chair serves as a community forum and convener and as a national and global center for sustainability issues.  It is committed to helping governments, businesses, nonprofit groups, community organizations and educational institutions form sustainable development partnerships and engage in practices that carefully balance economic, environmental, and expanded social welfare objectives and strategies.  Prior to his appointment as the Wirth Chair, Mr. Safty established and headed a global renewable energy finance and development practice at a major US Law Firm.

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    Leila Tolderlund's main area of expertise and research is in Landscape Architecture and Urbanism --Design, Planning and Theory. She currently teaches Landscape Architecture Core and Advanced Vertical Design Studios, Integrated Cross-Disciplinary Site Planning seminars, Green Roof, Vertical Gardens and Other Living Systems/Design and Implementation seminars, Design Inspiration seminars, Study Abroad + International Practicum and Urban International Studio.

    Leila Tolderlund also practices Landscape Architecture with her own firm - primarily on projects related to green roofs, living walls and green facades. Her primary focus is promoting a holistic approach to sustainable design strategies using green infrastructure and living systems in dense urban settings. Her teaching and practice has been largely focused on addressing trans-disciplinary, intelligent, and resilient design using Participatory Action Research (PAR) strategies to help mitigate global social, environmental and economic challenges. She believes that PAR projects that are collaborative and ‘hands-on’ generate student participation, set the stage for holistic design thinking and are engaging to all.

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    Financial Aid & Scholarships

    Financial Aid

    CU Denver students may be able to use their existing financial aid for Global Study programs. Note that Maymester programs are considered part of the Summer term for financial aid. In order to be eligible for financial aid, students must be registered for at least half-time status (6 credits for undergraduates, 3 credits for graduates) during the Summer term. For more information, contact the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office at 303-315-1850 or send an email to  Please add “Study Abroad” to the subject heading when sending emails to this email address as this will ensure that your message is routed to a study abroad financial aid advisor.


    CU Denver Global Study Scholarship

    Degree-seeking CU Denver|Anschutz students participating on a CU Denver Global Study program during the Maymester, Summer, or Winter terms are eligible to apply for this $1000 scholarship from the Office of Global Education. Verify eligibility criteria, application requirements, deadlines, and start an application here.

    CU Denver World Within Your Reach Scholarship

    Degree-seeking CU Denver|Anschutz students participating on a CU Denver Global Study program during the Maymester, Summer, or Winter terms are eligible to apply for this scholarship from the Office of Global Education. This scholarship will cover the full program cost, international airfare, and passport fees for a limited number of recipients per year. Verify eligibility criteria, application requirements, and start an application here. The deadline for the summer application cycle is January 31, 2019.

    Other Scholarships

    We encourage you to seek additional scholarships for which you or your program may be eligible. See if your academic department or college/school offers study abroad scholarships, or visit the following websites to learn about external funding:

    This program is currently not accepting applications.