Dartmouth students go to Copenhagen only during the fall term. They select from a variety of courses in the social sciences. Students will be expected to take the normal course load of a full-time student. Because the University of Copenhagen is on a semester system, Dartmouth students will take three or four courses, depending on the number of credits granted per course at Copenhagen. Students choose social science courses from the University of Copenhagen’s course offerings that are taught in English. These are courses in sociology, anthropology, political science, psychology, and economics.
This is an exchange program—not an FSP or LSA—and is best suited for students who are looking for a truly independent experience. That is, the exchange is for students who want to be immersed in the local culture and with the local people rather than segregated largely with fellow Dartmouth travelers. No Dartmouth faculty will accompany students on the exchange. Hence, when problems arise students will have to solve them as best they can on their own. Of course, the University of Copenhagen, primarily through its International Office, will assist students in any way it can, but it is a large bureaucratic university and does not have the sorts of support for students, that Dartmouth has, such as through the Dartmouth Dean of Student’s Office. Moreover, students participating on the exchange should not expect the amenities that they have at Dartmouth (i.e., high-speed internet in dorms and class rooms, wireless computing, free long-distance telephone, easily accessible and inexpensive/free photocopying, free access to gymnasium facilities, open stacks in the libraries, university cafeterias and dining halls, etc.). The Danish university system is different from Dartmouth’s. Nevertheless, the opportunity to live and study in a country like Denmark is extraordinary.