The Good Life

Dear JMU students,

I’m currently accepting applications for my 2017 Study Abroad class, Exploring the Good Life in Scandinavia.  You can find the official information (including an explanation of the coursework) and application here.

This year, we’ll be flying into Stockholm, Sweden’s vibrant seaside capital. Fun fact: Stockholm is made up of 14 islands, connected by 57 bridges!


Highlights of our time in Stockholm will include:

  • Lodging and meals in Gamla Stan, the charming old city, which dates back to the 13th century.


  • Free time to visit the must-see Vasa Museum, Skansen Open-Air Museum, the Nordic Museum, Royal Palace, or even the Icebar.
  • Discussions of happiness, savoring, and the good life in parks, gardens, and by the sea. Swedes don’t waste a precious moment of summertime, and neither will we!


  • A day trip into the 30,000+ island archipelago, which begins just outside of Stockholm and extends east into the Baltic Sea. Savor a peaceful ferry ride, strolling, swimming, and just soaking up the good life in summer!


  • Fika, fika, fika. The traditional Swedish coffee break is a daily must-do.

After five days in Stockholm, we’ll take the train south to Malmo, Sweden’s third largest city. Malmo University will host us for eight days, providing private dorm rooms (with en suite bathrooms, wired internet, laundry, and shared kitchens), a classroom, library access, and an orientation program. img_4170

Malmo highlights include:

  • A low-key, guided bike tour of the city, where you’ll learn about the history and culture of Malmo (and maybe meet some ducklings).
  • Playing and picnicking on the beach in the shadow of the Turning Torso, Scandinavia’s largest skyscraper.
  • A day trip to Lund, a charming university town 20 minutes away.

Malmo is just a 20-minute train ride away from Copenhagen, which was recently voted the world’s most livable city. We’ll end with four nights in the heart of Copenhagen. Highlights of our time here will include:

  • A leisurely canal tour, which will orient us to Copenhagen’s unique geography and history.
  • A four-hour guided food tour, in which you’ll sample both traditional and modern Danish cuisine, learn about the New Nordic food movement, and maybe even sip some microbrews.
  • An afternoon at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art and seaside sculpture garden.SAMSUNG CSC
  • Observing (or maybe taking part in) the world’s best urban bike system.
  • Or, if you prefer, just jumping on these sidewalk trampolines.
  • Free time to explore the museums and attractions of your choice.
  • An evening at Tivoli Gardens: thrilling rides, live music, and a nightly fireworks display…if you can stay up late enough. Because, remember, the sun won’t set until after 11 p.m!


You’ll fly out of Copenhagen with a deeper, first-hand understanding of why Scandinavians are some of the world’s happiest people. You might also decide to incorporate some of what you’ve learned into your own life! SAMSUNG CSC

Questions? Interested in applying? November 1st is the deadline. Contact me at