This Summer the Copenhagen Classroom study abroad program was revived. During August, 14 students and several UW faculty were exploring the topic of 'Migration and Diversity - Denmark in Europe Today’.
Under the leadership of visiting lecturer of Danish Kristian Næsby and Professor Marianne Stecher the students met significant cultural personalities, academics, authors and film makers, and experts on built environments.
The Copenhagen Classroom is taught onsite in Copenhagen, and explores to topic of Migration and Diversity, by engaging four academic disciplines: Sociology, Cinema Studies, Literature, and Architecture. Denmark offers a distinct Scandinavian approach to the migration and diversity challenges that are currently facing all of Europe and all of the Western World.
But studying cultural topics alone is not enough. The students also take part in an 3-week intensive language class taught by The University of Copenhagen. This part of the program is curcial, too, as learning a language provides a special kind of insight into a culture. The UW students are in mixed classes with exchange students from all over the world. This provides a great opportunity to gain new friends and form networks all over the globe.
In the picture, the Copenhagen Classroom Students are standing outside of Christiansborg, the Danish Parliament Building. We met with Former Danish Foreign Minister Holger K. Nielsen and discussed migration policies. Just one of the many unique experiences The Copenhagen Classroom provides.