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Program Type

  • Exchange

Academic Focus

  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Various

Program Feature

  • Gen Ed
  • Gilman Eligible


  • Denmark

Program Term

  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Semester
  • Academic Year

Application Deadline

Academic year 2022-2023
February 15, 2022

Fall 2022
February 15, 2022

Spring 2023
September 20, 2022

Early application for spring encouraged!

For more information, contact:

Office of Global Opportunities



Experience the vibrant, welcoming culture of Denmark through Ohio University’s exchange program with the University of Southern Denmark. The program is based in Odense, Denmark, the nation’s third-largest city, and the birthplace of famed fairytale author Hans Christian Andersen.  

Denmark is a great place to study abroad! The Danes enjoy a high standard of living and their friendly, welcoming nature makes it easy to get to befriend them. English is also very widely spoken in Denmark making it easy to connect with Danish students and to travel independently. 

The city of Odense is also student-friendly. The city is home to over 30,000 students and is characterized by a lively, youthful atmosphere. Odense also offers a vibrant cultural and social scene. Students can enjoy live music, local arts and entertainment events, as well as several green spaces throughout the city. Odense is known as the “city of festivals” and is home to many celebrations throughout the summer. 

Odense is easy to navigate either on foot, by bus or on bicycle. Many exchange students choose to purchase a bicycle during their stay, as the campus is just a 15 minute ride away from the city center. Odense’s central location within Denmark and the highly efficient Danish rail network make it easy to explore the region. Copenhagen, the nation’s capital, is just 90 minutes away by train. 

Good to know

  • This is a tuition free exchange!

Study Away and COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, participation in study away and abroad involves real and potential personal, financial, and academic risk. The CDC advises that you should delay travel until you are vaccinated. Note that entry to some countries and participation in local program and free-time activities, including in the U.S., may be severely restricted or potentially unavailable to unvaccinated individuals. Unvaccinated travelers should additionally expect to incur extra expenses and onsite logistical challenges due to onsite testing requirements. For further information, contact ogoriskmanagement@ohio.edu

Living Arrangements 

The University of Southern Denmark guarantees accommodation for all exchange students, either in a hall of residence or in approved private lodgings of similar standard. More information is available  here.  

Program Dates 

Actual dates will vary based on host institutions academic calendar, but below are estimated timeframes.

  • Fall Semester: September – December (students usually arrive late August for orientation and return around Dec. 22 or 23)* 
  • Spring Semester: Feb – June* 
  • Academic Year: September –June 


Participants will enroll full-time in courses alongside Danish and international students. Students will receive transfer credit for their coursework abroad.

Students can take courses offered in English in the humanities. Most students select courses in the  Scandinavian Area Studies  (SAS) program, English Department and American Studies. Other disciplines also offer a select number of courses in taught in English. The SAS program is an introduction to Scandinavian cultural, social political, economic, and historical life.   
For course-selection and advising purposes, a list of courses offered in English in Fall and Spring semesters are available. Additional available courses will be announced by University of Southern Denmark upon acceptance to the program, normally around May 1 for fall semester and November 1 for spring semester. 

Fall Semester - list of courses in English 

Spring Semester - list of courses in English 

For a current list of courses offered, click  here.   When planning your course selection, you should meet with an OGO exchange coordinator. 

Students will take 30 ECTS hours while in Denmark (ECTS stands for the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System). Students earn transfer credit for the hours received in Denmark, and students taking a full-load in Denmark usually receive approximately 15 semester hours.  

Recommended Pre-Departure Course: INST 1001 

All students participating in an OHIO Exchange Program are encouraged to take INST 1001 "Cross-Cultural Preparation for Study Abroad" the semester prior to departure. Read more about  INST 1001 here.


The students are responsible for health insurance, administrative fee, and out-of- pocket costs. This is a tuition free exchange! Students on this exchange do not pay tuition. Below are the student budget worksheets, which outlines these costs.  

Undergraduate Student Budget Worksheet Fall 2021

Undergraduate Student Budget Worksheet Spring 2022

Undergraduate Student Budget Worksheet Academic Year 2022-23

Undergraduate Student Budget Worksheet Fall 2022

Undergraduate Student Budget Worksheet Spring 2023

Items that are not related to the program (i.e., additional entertainment, souvenirs, extra travel, contingency funds) are not included in the cost estimates provided and should be budgeted for separately.  


  • Non-resident surcharge waived for the credit hours associated with this program. 
  • If you are nominated to this program, you will be required to pay a deposit to confirm your participation. The deposit is a down payment on the total costs to be billed by OHIO and is determined by the total cost of the program.  

Looking for Funding Opportunities? 

More information on financial aid and scholarships can be found on our funding pages.

Eligibility and Requirements 

The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students of all majors who have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Students are selected based on their academic achievements, personal essay, and interview. Students will apply via Ohio University’s  online application  and will also need to fill out an application form to the University of Southern Denmark (this will be provided after your nomination to the program).  

Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad.  Click here to read the entire conduct policy 

This program does not accept NON-OHIO students. 

Participants must have a at least a high school diploma or the equivalent (e.g. GED) by the start date of the program to be considered for eligibility.  Students enrolled in College Credit Plus (CC+) are not eligible for study away programs.

Entry and Exit Requirements 

U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States. If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year,  apply for your passport  now. Some countries also require a visa to legally enter or reside in the country. 

Students on the Denmark Exchange program who are US citizens are required to apply for a residence permit in order to reside in Denmark for over 90 days. Students will apply for this permit before departing for Denmark. Detailed instructions and assistance will be provided as part of the orientation for the program.

For more specific visa related information, please visit OGO’s  Visa Information Page 

Information for  Non-U.S. citizens  can be found  here