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  • Locations: Copenhagen, Denmark; Narvik, Norway; Reykjavik, Iceland; Stockholm, Sweden; Tromso, Norway
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Cost Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description
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Cooking on the Marukka
Cooking on the Marukka

   Quick Facts

  • Seven locations including travel above the Arctic Circle to view the midnight sun:  Copenhagen and Helsingor, Denmark; Stockholm and Uppsala, Sweden; Tromso, Norway; and Reykjavik, Iceland, including the Golden Circle.

  • Food, culture and healthcare related academic lectures and visits to a Scandinavian healthcare facility, Carlsburg brewery, Torvehallerne Market, the Nobel Museum in Stockholm, two Medical Museums and a hospital, Kronborg Castle, Christiansborg Palace, a sampling of Sami culture and botanical gardens above the arctic circle, cheese and chocolate factories and greenhouses in Iceland, and more!

  • Breathtaking views of the countries during train travel between Copenhagen and Stockholm; an overnight sleeper car ride between Tromso, Norway and Stockholm. Exploring Iceland's various landscapes by bus visiting the Golden Circle and South Coast.

  • Open to students with any health related major

  • Earn 6 credits

  • Space is limited. Apply early!

  • Summer 2018 program dates are June 5 - June 22

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.



Fredericksburg Castle

Narvik, Norway


Location Details

Food, heath, and nature will be explored in Iceland.  We will learn about food and health at a local greenhouse, at the Icelandic Ocean Cluster and at cheese and chocolate factories.  We will learn about Icelandic healthcare, Iceland’s active volcano, and have a free day to explore this unique landscape.

Food, culture, and nature will be explored in Tromso, Norway.  We will explore botanical gardens and grocery stores above the arctic circle and experience 24 hours of constant daylight.  Investigate the food production industry and explore the Sami culture by visiting a reindeer camp and Arctic University of Norway.   

The history of medicine and its influence on current health trends and nutrition will be investigated at the Museum of Medical History, the University of Uppsala Library, the anatomical theater, and the Carolina Redviva, medical museum.  Professional lectures related to Scandinavian healthcare and interprofessional relationships; traditional Sami health and nutrition practices; the Nordic diet, food availability and health benefits will be examined.  Students will also experience a visit to a Scandinavian hospital to examine their healthcare system directly from their doctors and staff, and enjoy a dinner cruise on Lake Ekoln.

In our memorable trip to the Nobel Prize Museum students will tour the museum and learn about Nobel winners and the selection process.  The class will vie for their own Nobel Prize based on their scientific discoveries or accomplishments in their chosen field!  The Viking culture will be examined at the Swedish History museum, and students will experience Swedish healthcare with a tour at the university hospital.  

Food, culture, and medical history will be explored in Copenhagen.  Here we will explore the Medical Museion and the history around Hamlet’s castle; Kronborg Castle.  Culinary adventures include Torvehallerne Market, the largest produce, fresh food, fish market in Copenhagen, a foraging and cooking class, a tour of Carlsberg Brewery, and visiting the street vendors at the Copenhagen street market. 

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

NTR 100 or NTR 241 with a grade of C or higher; or faculty permission


Students will enroll in the following two courses, for a total of 6 credits:

NTR 348* - Cultural Aspects of Food; 3 credit hours.  This program will allow students to experience real world examples of cultural food variations in Denmark, Sweden, and Norway from both a current day and historical perspective.  Experiencing these climates will allow students to evaluate food availability and how this relates to nutrition and food choices.  Comparison of these scenarios in Scandinavia and specifically with the Sami culture to their hometown environment will allow students understand the impact in various cultural aspects (religion, ethnicity, availability) allowing students to develop empathetic and practical guidance to patients or clients in their chosen careers. Fulfils general studies requirements:  SB, C and G.
 HSC 498 – Special Topic:  Health Risks and Healthcare in Iceland, Denmark, Sweden and Norway; 3 credit hours.  
This program will allow students to investigate real world examples of how lifestyle, nutrition, climate and available healthcare options influence disease risk in Denmark, Sweden and Norway.   Students will be able to evaluate the medical facilities and programs in these countries and compare them to what we have in the United States.  Traditional healthcare of the Sami population will be investigated as well.  In experiencing these systems first hand, students will be able to evaluate benefits and shortcomings to healthcare systems from a cultural perspective.  Course counts as an upper division elective.

*Students that have already completed NTR 348 can substitute NTR 499 for 3 credit hours.

Nobel Prize Medal
Nobel Prize Medal

Scandinavian Food


Faculty Director

Lisa Morse, MS, RD, CNSC; Clinical Assistant Professor in the College of Health Solutions, School of Nutrition and Health Promotion

Contact information: Health North Building on the downtown campus (formerly NHI-2), Room 401L.  Mail code
Office phone number:   (602) 496-1864
E-mail address:

Support Assistant

Traci Grgich; MS, RD, SNS, CP-FS
DPD Director / Lecturer
E-mail address:

Lisa Morse Nutrition


Overnight Train

Program Housing

During our stay in Scandinavia the class will be lodged in three star hotels or hostels.  A daily breakfast is included with lodging.  Lodging will be located close to the city centers, making walking and public transportation an excellent mode of city travel to our tours, activities and lectures.  Denmark, Sweden, and Norway have an excellent system of bike and walking trails that can be utilized.

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. The Cultural Aspects of Food, Health Risks and Healthcare in Iceland, Denmark and Sweden program includes a great deal of walking, some hiking, and the regular use of public transportation. 

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 2018 is $7,800.

Program Fee includes: ASU tuition for 6 credits, housing, breakfasts each day in lodging, in-country public transportation, transportation from country to country during program, welcome/farewell dinner, cultural and academic visits/activities, and international health insurance. Not included: Round-trip airfare to/from the US and Europe, transportation to/from airport at the beginning / end of program, ASU student fees, most other meals, non-program related optional excursions, passport, books, and your own 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.


Dates & Deadlines

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.