Danish Language and Culture Courses

Enroll in a Danish Language and Culture course to build intercultural competences, document your reflections, and gain tools to find deeper meaning of Danish culture and local norms.

Apply Your Danish to Real-World Contexts

Master your pronunciation of Æ, Ø, and Å! Enjoy walking out of class to a nearby café where you will be able to buy a cup of coffee and wienerbrød in Danish.

Did you know:

  • Danish is a North Germanic language, closely related to Swedish and Norwegian, with around six million speakers
  • The letters C, Q, W, X, and Z are not used in the spelling of indigenous Danish words
  • There are officially 29 letters in the Danish alphabet since 1980, when the letter W was officially recognized
  • There are eight vowels in Modern Standard Danish, but there are around 20 different vowel sounds

Enrich Your Experience

Explore Danish history, literature, film, art, and the current burning issues in Denmark – enriching your experience and developing your critical and analytical understanding of your own and Danish cultures. This will make way for interesting cross-cultural discussions with your Danish Homestay, Visiting Host, or friends.

Get Out of the Classroom on Field Studies

What better way to understand Danish culture than to experience it! Examples of field studies include:

  • See a thought-provoking performance at Tivoli, Copenhagen’s famous amusement park
  • A historical tour of one of the many spectacular castles or cathedrals in the region
  • A screening of the Danish movie ‘A Royal Affair’ followed by a visit to Christiansborg Palace
  • Access significant historical sites to understand Denmark’s role in WWII
  • Attend a ballet or modern dance performance at the Royal Theater
  • Engage with students at a Danish gymnasium (high school)

Every Monday, I play handball with my host mom and the team she coaches, and instruction is always in Danish. I generally fumble along and hope I’m not first in line for a new drill. The other day though, after a drill, my host mom said ‘fem og fem.’ I immediately knew that meant we were going to scrimmage because it translates to ‘five and five’! I was already getting into position when my host mom came over and said, ‘That means we are going to scrimmage.’ I excitedly said, ‘I know!’ My host mom was so proud. By simply knowing the word for ‘five’ in Danish, I instantly felt more a part of the community.”

– Samantha Johnson, Bradley University