CSU IP Denmark: Child Development & Diversity
Program At A Glance
When: Mid-August to mid-May
Units: Students are required to take the equivalent of 15 CSU units per semester.
Cost: Students pay the same tuition for IP Denmark as the tuition paid for their home CSU campus. For more information on costs, including accommodations, travel and other expenses, see the Budget Sheet.
Eligibility Requirements: Minimum 3.0 GPA; Students must be enrolled at a CSU campus no later than the spring term prior to departure, or eligible to enter from a community college by fall term of the program start date; Graduate students are not eligible.
Course Prerequisites: Introduction to Psychology.
The CSU IP Denmark program is coordinated by the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS). Located in the heart of Copenhagen, DIS is a non-profit institution affiliated with the University of Copenhagen. DIS offers coursework in English to approximately 1000 international students each year.
Students in the Child Development and Diversity program at DIS will enrich and develop critical thinking skills through investigating and reflecting on current issues in child development and education. The program gives students an opportunity to delve into a cross-cultural approach to childhood and adolescence and reflect on the unique Nordic pedagogy of “the good childhood”.
In the fall semester, the program focuses on the innovative approaches of the Danish education system in dealing with children with physical, cognitive, neurological, or social disabilities. In the spring semester, the program focuses on how ethnic diversity and multiculturalism are perceived and practiced in Danish early childhood education. The program includes a year-long practicum that allows students to actively engage with a Danish childcare institution, public school or high school. Students will travel with DIS faculty on course-integrated study tours to explore cross-cultural European educational methods by visiting practitioners, researchers, and childcare and youth institutions.
Students also choose elective courses from a wide variety of subjects including sustainability, psychology, sociology, gender and sexuality studies, humanities, etc. CSU students are required to study the Danish language both fall and spring semesters. For more information about the academic program, students may refer to the CSU IP Academic Bulletin for the previous year. Note that course offerings are subject to change and may not be offered during the year of intended study. For more information on the Child Development and Diversity program, visit the DIS website: http://disabroad.org/copenhagen/programs/child-development-and-diversity/
Copenhagen is Denmark’s capital city and the country’s cultural, economic and governmental center. It is also one of the major financial centers of Northern Europe. The city is graced with many historical, well-preserved buildings, old winding streets, open squares, and an array of towers, castles and parks. Tivoli Gardens, the Little Mermaid Statue, the Amalienborg and Christiansborg palaces, Rosenborg Castle, and many museums are just a few of the popular attractions in Copenhagen.
The residents of Copenhagen place value on a sustainable lifestyle, which includes an emphasis on renewable energy, advanced technologies and an urban infrastructure that promotes public transportation and commuting by bike.
Students have six diverse housing options arranged through DIS: Homestay, Living & Learning Community (LLC), Kollegium, residential community, folkehojskole, and rented rooms. For more information on these housing options: http://disabroad.org/copenhagen/semester/housing/