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Program Description
Please note: this program has been cancelled for Summer 2020.




Copenhagen at night


Urban planning that includes sustainable food systems and urban agriculture provides opportunities for happiness through increased accessibility and affordability of healthy foods and access to green space within urban settings. This summer course is a research-oriented project exploring how multi-scale (individual, neighborhood, and city) resilience and happiness are affected by urban agriculture programs and how interconnected community development subsystems (e.g. water, waste, transportation) support both urban agriculture and happiness in Denmark. By partnering with local organizations, researchers, and universities, students and residents are engaged and empowered to co-develop local solutions to urban sustainability challenges.   

Quick Facts

  • June 25-July 15, 2020
  • Participants might be eligible for the Walton Scholarship
  • Collect data to build first-hand knowledge of and insight into (e.g. surveys, observation) the state of urban agriculture, community development, and happiness in Denmark
  • Students will work directly with one another, faculty, NGOs, and partner organizations
  • Identify the needs and desires of local residents for future urban agriculture and community development projects while striving to maintain cultural identity
  • Join with students from the University of Copenhagen, and Aarhus University for workshops or lectures
  • Provide assistance with current community development projects (i.e. beautification, community gardens etc.) and interventions
  • Earn 6 credits for the course on the program

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.




Aarhus - Village

Location Details

The summer course will provide students an opportunity to conduct research in Denmark, a country with a thriving local food scene and one of the happiest countries in the world. Denmark has made a point of assessing and reporting the happiness levels of their residents.

Copenhagen is home to Hans Christian Anderson, Tivoli Gardens (the second oldest amusement park in the world), Nyhavn, beautiful churches and castles, and more bikes than you’ve ever seen. It is a beautiful, colorful city that lends itself to being one of the happiest countries in the world.

Aarhus is the second largest city in Denmark and was founded by Vikings in the 8th century. It is the largest center for trade, services, and industry in the region.  Aarhus aims to be CO2 neutral and independent of fossil fuels for heating by 2030. Tourists visit Aarhus to see the ARoS Art Museum, the Old Town Museum, Tivoli Friheden, Moesgård Museum and Kvindemuseet.  

Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Payment and Withdrawal Policies

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements?

  • Minimum GPA of 2.0



Students will enroll in the following course for a total of 6 credits: 

  • SOS 494/598: Sustainable Food Systems, Community Development & Happiness
In addition, all students must register for a mandatory 1-credit pre-departure course in the Spring 2020 B Session:
  • SOS 494/598: Preparation for Sustainable Food Systems, Community Development, & Happiness
Aarhus - Classroom



Faculty Director

Dr. Scott Cloutier
Assistant Professor
Office: Wrigley Hall 211
Phone: 480-727-4927

Sara Aly El Sayed
Biomimicry Center
Graduate Research Assistant 

Scott Cloutier

Sara Aly El Sayed


SOS Denmark Hotel Example of hotel room 

SOS Denmark HostelExample of hostel room 


Program Housing

Students will be housed in twin or triple rooms in Copenhagen and Aarhus. In Copenhagen students will stay in a hotel and in Aarhus students will stay in a hostel with shared bathroom facilities and shared kitchen  

Breakfast will be included daily in each location and then some other meals will be included, but students should plan on covering the majority of their meals. 

Pictures on this page is an example of what the hotel and hostel rooms may look like. 

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. 

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad.  

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.

Cost Information

The Program Fee for Summer 2020 is $8,640.

Program Fee includes: ASU tuition for 6 credits, housing, some group meals, in-country transportation, site visits and cultural excursions, and international health insurance.  Not included: Airfare to and from Denmark, ASU student fees, most meals, passport, personal independent travel, miscellaneous items, and personal expenses.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program Cost Sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program


Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/01/2020
Rolling Admission 06/25/2020 07/15/2020
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.