Denmark Global Intensive

You will be introduced to an overseas travel and cultural experience, combined with studies focusing on the European Union.

Arhus, Denmark

This global intensive is suitable for Postgraduate students of any discipline, including OUA students from the College of Business. This global intensive will be taking place 9 - 20 January 2017.

Since students come from across the entire university, the courses consist of content designed to be interesting to all participants, regardless of background.

During study period in Århus, you will be involved in Study at Århus School of Business and you may use your free time to explore the city; there will also be organised dinners or other social activities. Information about joining the study tour group in Europe will be provided at pre-departure briefings.


Denmark is a country situated in the Scandinavia region of northern Europe with an area of 43,098 square kilometers and a population of approximately 5.6 million people. Copenhagen is the capital city of Denmark, with a population of about 1.2 million people, while other large cities are Aarhus (population 320,000), Odense (169,000), and Aalborg (126,500).

The national currency of Denmark is the Krone and Denmark has a diverse, mixed economy that relies mainly on human resources. Cooperatives form a large part of some sectors, for example, in housing, agriculture, and retail, and the nominal GDP of the country is approximately US$315 billion, with Denmark having the lowest level of income-inequality and highest minimum-wage in the world.

The main industry sectors of the economy are retail, industrial production of machinery, instruments, fuels, and chemicals, and agricultural products. A key feature of Danish society is its welfare system, often referred to as the Scandinavian Welfare Model, and all citizens are granted equal rights to welfare, as well as access to free healthcare and education.


Aarhus is Denmark’s second-largest city with 320,000 inhabitants and is located in the Central Denmark region (Midtjyllan) and was founded by the Vikings in the 8th century. It is home to Aarhus University, the largest in Denmark with 41,000 enrolled students, Aarhus Technical College, the Danish School of Journalism, the Royal Academy of Music, VIA University College, Aarhus School of Architecture, and several other higher education institutions.

Aarhus has many good restaurants and a lively café scene, and attractions to visit include:

  • Aarhus City Hall designed by the internationally renowned architect Arne Jacobsen
  • Aarhus Cathederal located in the centre of town and is the longest and tallest cathederal in Denmark
  • The Latin Quarter, offers some of the city’s fine antique, designer shops and galleries
  • The internationally acclaimed art gallery AroS, Aarhus Museum and Moesgård Museum
  • The Old Town includes an open-air museum where you can step back to the time of fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen

Aarhus University

Arhus University (AU) was established in 1928 as a small private initiative and has since grown to become a leading public institute with international reach covering the entire research spectrum.

The university offers unique opportunities to conduct research, provide education in an environment that promotes creativity and autonomy, and where interdisciplinary collaboration is a natural part of the activities. Of the 17,000-plus universities worldwide AU is ranked in the top 100 by several influential rankings.

International collaboration is an integrated part of all activities at Aarhus University and AU has seen a considerable rise in the level of international mobility among researchers and students. Since 2006 the university has doubled its total number of students, including PhD students, and turnover.

Aarhus University School of Business and Social Sciences

The Aarhus School of Business and Social Sciences (BSS) is a broad business school and one of the four main academic faculties at Aarhus University. With approximately 14,000 full-time students, several thousand part-time students, almost 300 PhD students and more than 500 faculty members. BSS is one of the largest business schools in Europe and is the largest business and social sciences unit in Denmark. All the academic departments at BSS are internationally recognized for their quality of educational and research activities and is host to a large number of internationally recognised research centres.


Date of overseas tour: Monday 9 January to Friday 20 January 2017

Pre Tour Workshops:

  • Workshop 1 Saturday 20 August 2016
  • Workshop 2 Saturday 17 September 2016
  • Workshop 3 Saturday 15 October 2016

Post Tour Workshop:

  • Saturday 18 March 2017.

Students must attend ALL classes unless ill, in which case they must obtain a medical certificate as evidence of their illness

Overseas Course Content/Topics

Based on the 2016 program, topics covered overseas include*:

Course 1. Denmark and Europe

  • Denmark and Danish Nationality
  • The Danish welfare state
  • Education in Denmark
  • European integration
  • The EU policy process
  • The EU and the nation states
  • State market relationships
  • The dynamics of political and economic integration

Course 2. European Business and Finance

  • Introduction to the history of Economic Integration in the EU
  • The European economic and monetary union
  • External trade and foreign economic relations of the EU
  • Economic transitions in Eastern Europe and the implications of EU membership
  • European financial markets and the EMU
  • Social and labour market economics in Denmark

* Please note that the program changes from year to year and will be finalised before the second weekend workshop in Melbourne.

Course content and assessment

You will enrol in the course:

BAFI2100 Denmark and the European Union

Assessment tasks may include:

  • Individual Aarhus University Assessment Tasks as specified by staff at Aarhus University School of Business and Social Sciences
  • Destination report
  • Reflective journal
  • Group assignment & presentation

Please note that the assessment taks could change for the 2017 tour

How to apply and information sessions

Applications are still open. Please complete the Denmark and the European Union Mobi application form.

As there are limited places available, students are encouraged to apply early to avoid disappointment.


Hotel Name: Cab Inn Aarhus,
Street Address: Kannikegade 14,
City, Post Code: DK-8000 Aarhus C,
Country: Denmark,
Phone Number: + 45 86 75 70 00

The cost of accommodation in 2015 was approximately:
AUD $80 per person for a twin room per night, including breakfast.

Although students will be advised of the cost of accommodation prior to departure, they should be prepared for the possibility of a variation upon arrival.

Payment for accommodation in January 2017 will be upon check in/out.

Further information

Dr Foula Kopanidis
School of Economics, Finance & Marketing
Phone: +61 3 9925 5475