Denmark Exchange Program

Think Paris in springtime, and the Eiffel Tower rising above the River Seine. Think Venice, and gondolas on the Grand Canal. Think Europe. Itasca offers an international education opportunity in Europe at the host site of Mulernes Legatskole in Denmark. Immerse yourself in the daily life and culture of Europe. Learn about its architecture, history, and art from experts. You'll begin taking classes for your international experience at ICC in January, complete some of them before you leave for Europe in March, and finish other classes during your stay in Denmark. You'll depart for Denmark in early March and return home mid-May.

For more details about the 2020 experience, download the documents below:

The Itasca-Odense Exchange

Itasca's students have the opportunity to participate in a European travel/study program as part of the cultural exchange which began in 1998 between Itasca and Svendborg Technical College, Denmark. During Fall Semester, Danish students attend Itasca and in Spring Semester, ICC students - escorted by an instructor - study in Odense and travel to places such as Paris, London, Prague, Florence and Denmark's capital city, Copenhagen. Copenhagen, known as the "the Paris of the North," serves as a gateway to Scandinavia.

We'll connect you with a host family in Odense who will:

  • serve as your local contact
  • give you insight into Danish culture and family life, and
  • provide the opportunity for a lasting international friendship

Odense: A Fairy Tale City

Odense has taken a leap into the future in recent years. The city of 180,000 has new, ultra-modern urban quarters, new cultural experiences, and a new-found status as the center of the robotics industry. At the same time, the city is anchored in a thousand-year history: experience Odinsvi of the Vikings and the scene of the dramatic murder of a king. Enjoy the idyll of the lush greenery in the city center, which is the capital of Funen, the Garden of Denmark. And tour the neighborhood and home of the famous fairy tale author, Hans Cristian Andersen.

You will attend classes at Mulernes Legatskole, situated in the north-eastern part of the city, surrounded by a beautiful, campus-like green area and the Vollsmose moor. Both faculty and students are fluent in English.

What Expenses Are Involved?

The cost for students studying in Odense in 2020 is estimated at $8,400 (the cost includes 15 college credits, books, airfare, Rail Europe pass, travel insurance, college room and board and lodging for a 10-12 day adventure traveling through Europe). Financial aid and scholarships can be applied to the trip expenses.

What Classes Will I Take?

You will start your international experience at the Itasca campus at the beginning of spring semester and complete the classes while in Denmark. A total of 15 credits can be earned for this study/travel program. Ten to twelve days of travel in Europe are included in these credits. At least 12 of the credits will help fulfill General Education/ Minnesota Transfer Curriculum requirements within the Associate in Art (AA) degree at ICC.

How Do I Apply?

Application for the exchange program is easy. Applicants will be evaluated based on their high school and/or college transcripts and life experiences. Also required are:

  • application checklist (download above)
  • a letter of interest
  • two letters of recommendation
  • student study abroad application/questionnaire (available in
    104 Backes Center)
  • a $250 deposit (applied to your spring semester tuition if
    you 're not selected)

Applicants will be required to meet with a counselor to discuss program expectations and review overall readiness as part of the application process.

For more information contact:

Darla Nelson
Student Services
218-322-2302 or 800-996-6422 ext. 2302

Jon Byrne
ICC Instructor