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Scandinavia Cross-Cultural Course
Oslo, Norway; Reykjavik, Iceland; Stockholm, Sweden
Program Terms: May Term
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Program Description:
ScandinaviaJoin us for Scandinavia 2016: Iceland - Sweden - Norway.  Within the fantastic settings of Iceland’s fire and ice, Sweden’s pastoral countryside, and Norway’s majestic fjords, we’ll explore Scandinavian culture in the areas of politics, education, family life, religion, health care, social welfare, immigration, and environmental policies.  Topics are highlighted through experiences ranging from home stays in Sweden, swimming in a glacier-fed fjord, touring a geothermal power plant, visiting viking era and modern art exhibits, walking through 12th century ruins, and meetings with Scandinavian business people, social welfare workers, students, and teachers.  We hope you’ll join us for this transformative educational experience.
Estimated Course Fee: $4,900

Faculty Biography:

Dr. Hellgren is a native Swede.  He was born on the island of Gotland, has traveled extensively worldwide, and completed his Doctoral degree at Linköping University in Sweden.  He has been a professor at Messiah since 2010 and this will be his second time leading the cross-cultural course to Scandinavia.  His many personal and professional connections throughout Scandinavia as well as his native understanding of the language and culture are an unparalleled asset in enabling students to experience local culture at a deep and meaningful level.  He is a professor in the Physics Department and also has the most authentic Swedish accent on campus.

Dr. Noble is originally from California and met Dr. Hellgren (they’re married) in the research lab while completing her doctorate at the University of Illinois.  She has travelled extensively throughout Europe and Scandinavia and speaks Swedish; this will be her second time leading the cross-cultural course to Scandinavia.  She has considerable insight into the different priorities and values of Scandinavian culture as compared to contemporary American culture, especially in the areas of religion and work-life balance. She is a professor in the Chemistry Department and is married to the person with the most authentic Swedish accent on campus.

Other Information:

Scandinavia CC Info-2016.pdf

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
May Term 2016 09/01/2015** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.