The goal of this course is to introduce you to the basics of Danish language and culture. It will provide you with the tools you need in order to be able to communicate in everyday situations. You will be able to talk about yourself, your family, your home, your culture, and your personal interests. You will also be able to discuss topics such as food, weather, shopping, travel, work, school, housing, sports and hobbies.
In the course emphasis will be given to all language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. The course will be taught primarily, though not exclusively, in Danish and will include a lot of student interaction. In order to succeed you are encouraged to participate actively in class. We hope this class will become a supportive environment where you will feel challenged and not be afraid to try, there are no wrong attempts. Hopefully you will discover that language learning can be a fun experience which will give you an opportunity not only to learn a new language but also a new culture.
Bostrup, Lise Aktivt dansk: En begynderbog for udenlandske studerende, Alfabeta (Obligatorisk/Required). Available from the University Bookstore. ISBN: 978-87-636-0305-8
Bostrup, Lise Intensivt Dansk: Øvehæfte i dansk til klasseundervisning og selvstudium med facit, Alfabeta. (Obligatorisk/Required). Available from the University Bookstore. ISBN: 978-87-636-0197-9
Bostrup, Lise & Andersen, Kim Aktivt dansk: Grammar and Word List for Beginners, Alfabeta (Obligatorisk/Required). Available from the University Bookstore. ISBN: 978-87-636-0206-8
Bostrup, Lise, Jones, Kirsten Gade & Jones, W. Glyn Dansk-engelsk ordbog for udlændinge, Forlaget Bostrup (Valgfri/Optional). Available from the University Bookstore. ISBN: 978-87-92000-33-0
Why Study Danish?
Danish courses are a fun way to satisfy your language requirement, learn more about Danish heritage, or get acquainted with a Scandinavian language. Our courses are taught by an exceptional faculty, including our visiting Danish Language Lecturer.
How will this impact my career?
In our increasingly global world, proficiency in a foreign language is a big career asset! Students of Danish have gone on to jobs at Microsoft, in medicine, to study in Denmark, as well as to graduate and professional schools.
What requirements am I filling?
The College of Art and Sciences, the School of Social Work and the College of Education have language requirements beyond the UW admission requirement – studying Danish through the third quarter fulfills this requirement.
What scholarships are available?
Students of Danish are eligible to apply for support from the Martin Metzon or Nielsen funds.
Can I study abroad?
Yes! We have a variety of programs for students to study abroad in Denmark and throughout Scandinavia and the Baltics.
How does registration work?
The sequence starts in autumn quarter with DAN 101 and lasts for three quarters.
Want to learn more?
See what our students have to say about studying Danish at UW! Check out our video.