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  • Locations: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Merrimack applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2019 09/28/2018 10/26/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Areas of Study: Communication, Ecology, Environmental Studies, Health Science, International Business, International Relations, Political Science Housing Options: Apartments, Homestay
Language of Instruction: Danish, English Minimum GPA: 2.8
Class Standing: 3-Junior, 4-Senior
Program Description:

Semester Program


Copenhagen harborThe Copenhagen Open Campus Global Institute enables you to study in a city which has taken a leading role in innovative environmental sustainability efforts thanks to public-private partnerships in the Copenhagen Science City. Find out why Denmark is rated one of the happiest countries in the world as you explore Copenhagen’s unique architectural mix of old and new in in a city that is completely accessible by bike.

Select from six academic tracks including Sustainability and Environmental Studies as well as Global and Community Health;  International Business; International Relations & Political Science; Language, Literature, and Culture; Communications, Journalism, and New Media.

Internships. Build new skills and intercultural competence through the CIEE Internship, and become an active member of the Copenhagen professional environment.

Research. Pursue a research project of your own design incorporating independent, local field work.

Service-learning. Combine course-based learning with practical, relevant project experience to meet a community-defined need.

Courses and Credits

OPEN CAMPUS PROGRAM: Classes are taught on a unique six-week academic block system. Courses are taught more intensively than in a traditional semester-length course. Student should be prepared for a more focused academic experience with longer class sessions. Choose one, two or three academic blocks during either the fall or spring semester. Each block is six weeks long. Students typically take two courses per block, one of which might be an Academic Project (internship, service learning project, or independent research).

As this program is in a non-English language speaking country, Merrimack participants are required to take a language course during their semester abroad.

  1. Language, Literature, and Culture
  2. Communications, Journalism and New Media
  3. Business
  4. Global and Community Health
  5. International Relations and Political Science
  6. Sustainability and Environmental Studies
For course listing and syllabi, go to the Copenhagen Open Campus page and scroll to Curriculum (under ACADEMICS).

Students can participate in CIEE Academic Internships, Directed Research or Service Learning Projects. To be eligible to participate in an Academic Project, students must be in Copenhagen for at least two consecutive blocks; Academic Projects are offered only in blocks 2 and 3. Additional restrictions and application requirements apply.

If you would like to get a course approved, print off the form NEW GEO Course approval form.pdf. Take the completed form and syllabus to the appropriate department chair.  Make sure that you return that course approval form and syllabus to the GEO.

TRANSFERRING OF CREDITS: All credits taken abroad come back as transfer credits. Grades will be reflected on the transcript, but not figured into the student's cumulative GPA. Students must earn a 'C' or above for credits to transfer to Merrimack. Please note carefully that most of the courses taken abroad are only 3-credits rather than 4 as at Merrimack.


Copenhagen commuteAPARTMENTS: Students will housed in shared apartments or furnished studios located throughout the city and within a 15- to 20-minute commute by bike.
MEALS: Students can prepare their own meals in shared kitchen facilities. CIEE provides basic cooking utensils and cleaning supplies. Students also may explore the myriad of restaurants that Copenhagen has to offer.

HOMESTAYS: A limited number of homestays may be available for students, with preference given to those whose universities require living with a local family; this must be indicated when applying.
MEALS: Students who live with homestay families receive breakfast and dinner daily.

Final housing assignments are solely at the discretion of CIEE.


Merrimack students attending any of the CIEE Global Institutes (Berlin, Paris, Rome, or Cape Town) pay Merrimack's Global Semester costs which cover covers tuition, housing, and international insurance for all three blocks of the term.

2018-2019 Fees include:
  • Global Semester costs:  $24,830
  • Additional program fee: $3,300
  • CIEE Fall 2018 scholarship for Merrimack students: $1500
  • Fall Total: $26,630
  • Spring Total: $28,130
BILLING: Payments for the semester abroad are made to the Bursar's Office per usual. Students should discuss payment plans with the Bursar's Office. For additional billing questions, please contact the Bursar's Office: Room 12, Austin Hall,,  978.837.5310.
FINANCIAL AID: Merrimack institutional aid is recalculated for the semester off-campus**. When students return to campus, Merrimack aid returns to the on-campus rate. We encourage you to consult the Financial Aid Office early on to see what this recalculation might mean for you. Office of Financial Aid 15B Austin Hall,, 978.837.5186.

**N.B. NCAA scholarships and Federal Aid are not affected by this recalculation.

  • CIEE application fee: $50
  • Meals not included in program fee:  $1,755
  • International Airfare:  $1,000 
  • Local Transportation: $750
  • Books & Supplies: $300
  • Visa: $755 (average cost)
  • Personal: $1,200


Students interested in studying in a GEO program must first apply for permission to study abroad through Merrimack's Office of Global Education (GEO). To qualify Merrimack students must be:
  • Second-semester sophomores and above
  • In good academic standing with a minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA (Students planning to take a direct enrollment class at any of the University of Paris institutions must have at least a 3.0 GPA)
  • In good disciplinary standing 
To apply students must submit the following by March 9, 2018:
  • Online application
  • Faculty reference (form included in online application)
  • Student affairs reference (form included in online application)
  • An Interview with GEO staff to be conducted soon after the application has been submitted, or during the week of March 12th.
After students have been approved by the GEO for semester's study abroad, they may proceed with CIEE's online application.

CIEE's Application deadline for Fall 2018: May 1, 2018