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  • Locations: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Class Eligibility: Freshman, Junior, Pre-Junior, Senior, Sophomore Type of Program: Intensive Course Abroad
Program Description:
Program Overview | Academics | Program Calendar | Program Fee | More Information

Winter Break in Denmark:
Addiction, Public Health and Harm Reduction

Denmark CJS ICA

Program Overview

Across the globe, the national-level responses recent opioid epidemic has varied significantly. In Denmark, these policies have been strongly informed by the strengths- and limitations- of the modern welfare state. This 7-day international experiential learning program will explore the research, policies and practices surrounding the addiction in Denmark. Students will (subject to potential limits on social interaction) have the opportunity to participate in site visits with leaders and practitioners in each domain to learn, first-hand, what the Danish responses were and how these systems were impacted.

While in Denmark, students will focus on understanding current harm reduction policies, including visiting a safe injection site in downtown Copenhagen. While well established in several countries in Western Europe, Canada and Australia, facilities of this nature have been controversial in the United States. Philadelphia’s efforts to open the first official site in the U.S. is still in active litigation and its future is unclear. Other visits, including with local law enforcement and research foundations, will serve to contextualize this experience. Additional group activities will focus on better understanding the cultural, political, and gastronomical climate in Copenhagen today.

By participating in this program, students will be able to:

• Be able to describe the modern Scandinavian welfare state
• Understand historical and cultural factors that shape the harm reduction policies
• Distinguish and apply relevant theories and purposes within these systems
• Compare and contrast these systems to the American/ domestic approach to addiction
• Critically consider emerging issues within the Danish response to addiction
• Appreciate Scandinavian culture

First Year Students are eligible to apply for this program!


Credit/Registration: Students accepted to this program will be automatically registered for CJS T380 or PBHL T380 Addiction, Public Health and Harm Reduction 3 credits for winter term. Students must leave room for the 3 credits in their credit load or will have to pay for exceeding the 20 credit maximum.
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Pre-Trave Requirements
There will be one mandatory, preparatory class meetings during the fall term.


  • Jordan Hyatt, JD PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Criminology and Justice Studies
  • Synøve N. Andersen, PhD, Faculty Fellow, Department of Criminology and Justice Studies, Drexel University, and Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo

Program Calendar

Arrival:       December 13, 2023Denmark CJS ICA3
Departure: December 20, 2023

Tentative Itinerary Overview
Day 0               Depart USA
Day 1               Arrive in Copenhagen: Program overview
Day 2               Cultural Foundations: Orientation, Museum visits,
Day 3               Academic Foundations: understanding the welfare state; safe injection site/ drug consumption room site visit I
Day 4               Harm reduction I: safe injection site/ drug consumption room site visit II; social support site visit (legal)
Day 5               Harm reduction II: social support site visit (community); law enforcement site visit
Day 6               Danish Policy: Christiania; Group Debrief, Group Dinner
Day 7               Depart Denmark

Program Fee - $1,760

Due September 30th   $500 Advance Payment
Due November 1st      $1,260 Final Payment
All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.Denmark CJS ICA4

Included in Program Fee:

  • Hotel accommodation
  • Local transportation
  • Charter transportation to site visit
  • Group tours and admission fees
  • Course materials and guest speakers from criminal justice agencies & universities
  • Coffee & light refreshments on select tours and lectures
  • Group meal featuring local and holiday cuisine
  • On Call Emergency Assistance Insurance

Not Included in Program Fee (estimates):

  • Transatlantic airfare    $1000
  • Airport transfers          $100
  • Most meals                 $260
  • Spending money         $100
  • Passport/visa              $140
ICA Financial Aid: Students may request an Adjusted Cost of Attendance by submitting the ICA program fee and estimated out of pocket expenses listed above to Drexel Central (via askdrexel). Doing so could make students’ eligible for additional financial aid.  Students may also be eligible to apply for Drexel's ICA Scholarships.

More Information

  • Visa: US citizens are not required to have a visa for entry to Denmark.
  • Other nationalities must verify on the Denmark Embassy Website. 
Grading Scale

A+             97- 100      C+      77- 79    
A               93- 96        C        73- 76    
A-              90- 92        C-       70- 72  
B+             87- 89        D+       67- 69 
B               83- 86        D         60- 66
B-              80- 82        F          < 60  

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.