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


CHS Cultural Aspects of Food Gullifoss

Cooking on the Marukka
Cooking on the Marukka

Students will experience real world examples of cultural food variations in Iceland, Denmark and Sweden from both a current-day and historical perspective. We will investigate how lifestyle, nutrition, climate and healthcare influence disease risk in these countries. Students will have the opportunity to meet with healthcare innovators, visit healthcare facilities, attend cooking seminars, tour museums, explore the food industry among other academic excursions

Quick Facts

  • June 7 - 25, 2020
  • Five locations including travel within less than 200 miles of the Arctic Circle to experience extended summer daylight.  Copenhagen and Helsingor, Denmark; Stockholm and Uppsala, Sweden and Reykjavik, Iceland, including the Golden Circle and southern coast
  • Food, culture and healthcare related academic experiences at a variety of locations.  Highlights include visits to Swedish hospitals and extended care facilities; healthcare research and development facilities; Torvehallerne Market, the Nobel Museum in Stockholm, two Medical Museums, Kronborg Castle, Christiansborg Palace, Sami culture exhibits, Skansen outdoor museum; cheese and chocolate factories, greenhouses in Iceland, Carolina Revivida Library in Uppsala, historical Kvarnen Restaurant for authentic Swedish cuisine and more!
  • Explore each city and experience breathtaking views as you travel through the countryside.  Explore and experience Iceland's beautiful and unique landscapes and cool waterfalls when visiting the Golden Circle and South Coast. Experience extended daylight traveling within 200 miles of the Arctic Circle.
  • Travel between countries (flight from Iceland to Copenhagen; train to Stockholm) is included in cost!
  • Open to students with any health related major and honors contracts are available
  • Earn 6 credits
  • Space is limited. Apply early!

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.


CHS Cultural Aspects of Food Iceland

CHS Cultural Aspects of Food Copenhagen, Denmark 

CHS Cultural Aspects of Food Stockholm, Sweden


Location Details

Food, heath, and nature will be explored in Iceland.  Enjoy an authentic Icelandic meal at Kopar, learn how award winning Omnom chocolate is made and have an entertaining and informative meal at the Burid Cheese School. We will discover how Iceland’s history and environment impact food composition and health risks.  At the Icelandic Ocean Cluster we will learn about health products derived from the fishing industry.  At Fredheimer greenhouse we explore farming techniques in the unique environment and have a delicious lunch. The impact of volcanic activity, waterfalls and breathtaking sights will be explored traveling through Iceland’s famous Golden Circle and southern coast. 

Food, culture, and medical history will be explored in Copenhagen.  Here we explore the Medical Museion and the history around Hamlet’s castle; Kronborg Castle, to see how culture in medieval times impacted food availability and health.  Culinary adventures include Torvehallerne Market, the largest produce, fresh food, fish market in Copenhagen and visiting Copenhagen street food vendors.  A visit to Copenhagen Bio Science will provide insight to medical innovations and collaborations to advance health benefits within Europe. 

The history of medicine and its influence on current health trends and nutrition will be investigated at the University of Uppsala’s Museum of Medical History, Carolina Revivida Library and the Gustavianum, anatomical theater.  

In our memorable trip to the Nobel Prize Museum students will 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!  We will finish the visit with Nobel ice cream; the actual dessert served at the annual banquet.  The Viking and Sami culture will be examined at the Swedish History museum and at the outdoor Skansen museum. Learn about Scandinavian healthcare systems, practices and interprofessional relationships from practicing physicians, healthcare administrators and residents when visiting local hospitals, clinics, healthcare agencies and extended care facilities.  


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 Iceland, Denmark and Sweden from both a current and historical perspective.  Experiences allow students to evaluate food availability and how this relates to food choices, health and nutritional status.  Comparison of Scandinavian and Sami food patterns with to their hometown environment will allow students understand the impact of food choices and various cultural aspects (religion, ethnicity, availability) and allow them 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 and Sweden; 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 Iceland.   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.  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.

Honors contracts are available for students, please connect with the faculty for more information. 

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

Nobel Prize Medal
Nobel Prize Medal

CHS Cultural Aspects of Food Burid Cheese School in Reykjavik, Iceland 

CHS Cultural Aspects of Food Greenhouse, Iceland



Faculty Director


Lisa Morse, MS, RD, CNSC
Clinical Associate Professor of Nutrition 
Health South Building, Downtown campus
Room 433


Support Faculty 

Christy Alexon, Ph.D., RD
Clinical Associate Professor of Nutrition
MS Medical Nutrition Program Coordinator

CHS Cultural Aspects of Food

Christy Alexon



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 for our tours, activities and lectures.  Denmark and Sweden 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. For example, in Icelandall government buildings and most museums and large shopping centers are wheelchair accessible, though many other locations (including some hotels) are not. Many sidewalks in downtown Reykjavik lack curb ramps, and the streets are steep, but the public bus system and taxis provide transportation services for individuals with disabilities.

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. For example, in Sweden, racism and discrimination do occur, but seem to be directed more towards immigrants from Africa or the Middle East.

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 $7,595.

Program Fee includes: ASU tuition for 6 credits, housing, daily breakfast at accommodation, in-country public transportation, transportation from country to country during program, welcome/farewell dinners, cultural and academic visits/activities,some additional meals, 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
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/12/2020
Rolling Admission 06/07/2020 06/25/2020
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.