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Scandinavia: Designing a Modern Society, from LEGO® to Kvikk Lunsj

Dates: 30 Apr–17 June 2024
Application Deadline: 30 January 2024

The Scandinavian countries are known for their brilliant modern design tradition in furniture, lamps, and home décor, but they are just as good at larger and more intangible elements of social design, including smart urban planning, amazing bike paths, high voter turnout, proportional representation in government, renewable energy, and many more areas, so they can offer some thought-provoking answers to the question of how to design a sustainable, egalitarian, welcoming modern society. On this program, we will visit Denmark, Norway, and Sweden to observe firsthand how the Scandinavian countries have tried to address some of the thorniest problems of living in the 21st century, including green energy, gender equality, ethnic integration, and religious diversity. Our explorations of Scandinavian social design will take us far and wide, from bakeries in Copenhagen to palaces in Stockholm, and from design schools on Bornholm to open-air museums in Oslo and more, including a visit to the original LEGOLAND® and LEGO® House in Billund, Denmark.

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Julie Allen
3025 JFSB
(801) 422-7891


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Students will enroll in the following course while on this program:

SCAND 490R/GWS 390R—Nordic Women Writers (3 credit hours)

Students will also enroll in one the following courses while on this program:

SCAND 430—Cultural History of Scandinavia (3 credit hours)
HIST 332—Scandinavian History (3 credit hours)

Students will also register for a 1-credit hour prep course the second term of winter semester.

Students may not take any other courses on this program, including BYU Online courses, without approval by the program director and ISP.
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Includes Latter-day Saint undergraduate full tuition (increased cost for graduate and non–Latter-day Saint students); housing; transportation within Scandinavia on program trips; some group meals; admission to program-related events, museums, and historical sites; and international health insurance.

Does not include transatlantic airfare, prep course tuition, most meals, the free travel weekend, or personal expenses.
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Funding Sources

Regular BYU tuition scholarships, Pell Grants, and Federal Insured Student Loans may be applied to study abroad programs.

Students who submit the financial aid section of the ISP application and who have a current FAFSA form on file at the Financial Aid Office (A-41 ASB) will be considered for a Study Abroad scholarship.

Academic departments and colleges may assist with scholarships and grants.

Private grants and scholarships outside of BYU may also assist (see
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Accepted students are required to participate in an international, cross-cultural preparation course (IAS 201, 1 credit hour). This course will be held Wednesdays from 4:00 to 5:40 PM during the second block of winter semester.

Accompanying spouses need to be credit-bearing participants on the program. Spouses will also need to apply online and take the preparation course.

Students must meet all country- and program-specific COVID and health requirements for travel.
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Students will live in hotels and hostels in Copenhagen, Odense, Kolding, Aarhus, Oslo, Stockholm, and Rønne. The program will arrange all housing except for on the free travel weekend.
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Students are responsible for purchasing their own airfare to and from the program sites. Airline reservations must be made through BYU Travel. Students should contact a BYU Travel agent.

BYU Travel
280 HRCB
(801) 422-6293
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Application Process

BYU welcomes students from any university to apply to participate on our study abroad programs. However, internships and direct enrollment programs are limited to BYU Provo students.

Students must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

Complete the online application here. A nonrefundable $35 application fee is required; applicants will be interviewed once the application is complete.

Students will be notified via e-mail of their acceptance into the program. The first payment is due upon acceptance; please refer to the Payment Information page.

Application Deadline: 30 January 2024
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Program Adjustments

International Study Programs (ISP) reserves the right to cancel this program, revise its offerings, or make any adjustments to the preliminary cost.

If it becomes necessary for ISP to cancel a program, all program payments made to BYU ISP will be refunded to the student’s BYU Financial account.

ISP is the only office authorized to cancel any of its programs.
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Julie K. Allen (director) is a professor of comparative literature and Scandinavian studies in the BYU Comparative Arts and Letters Department. She has lived and worked extensively in the UK, Germany, and Denmark, and directed a six-month study abroad program in London in 2013 and the BYU London Centre in spring 2023. She will be accompanied by her husband, Brent, and two teenage children.

3025 JFSB
(801) 422-7891
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International Study Programs
101 HRCB
(801) 422-3686
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ISP Student Handbook

To see the student handbook, click here.
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Payment Schedule

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