Affiliate Programs

IARU Global Summer Program - University of Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Summary

    Program Dates: July 14 - July 28 2017, July 3 - July 21 2017, July 24 - August 4 2017

    The Global Summer Program (GSP) is an exciting learning experience that connects students from IARU universities with their peers from around the world. GSP participants have the unique opportunity to come together to explore and discuss critical issues in a global perspective that require multidisciplinary approaches.

    GSP courses are fun, but intense. Days are full as the classes are rigorous, requiring full-time commitment for the whole duration of the course.

    IARU universities include:

    The Australian National University
    ETH Zurich
    National University of Singapore
    Peking University
    UC Berkeley
    University of Cambridge
    University of Cape Town
    University of Copenhagen
    University of Oxford
    The University of Tokyo
    Yale University

  • Eligibility

    COP 1

    Bachelor students and Master students. This course is open to 3rd and 4th year bachelor students and 1st year graduate students


    • Students from Law, Anthropology, Ethnology, History, Literature, and Political Science with an interest in cultural rights are encouraged to apply.


    • Good English skills are required.



    The target audience is Master Students. Bachelor students in their 3rd year are also welcome to apply.


    Students from any discipline, who have interests in aging research, and have good English skills are welcome to apply for this course


    The target audience is Master students, but bachelor students in their 3rd year are welcome to apply.


    The summer school is open to MA-level students from all disciplines but priority is given to those interested in urban issues, activism and political or social change. Apart from good English skills, it is required that the student immerses in the course syllabus, conducts a limited ethnographic exercise (“mini-fieldwork”) prior to the summer school and submits a draft synopsis based on that fieldwork in the first week of the summer school. The pre-summer school “mini-fieldwork” is estimated to amount to approximately 40 hours. Students are also welcome to use fieldwork data generated for the purpose of other courses and the summer school is particularly suited for students working on research for their MA dissertation.

  • Courses

    Course: COP1 - Cultural Rights: A Promising Global Discourse? (July 14 - July 28 2017)

    Understand the potential of and the challenges that threaten cultural rights and contribute to this new and developing field of human rights.

    For more information on the course, please visit the course page on the IARU GSP website.


    Course: COP2: Interdisciplinary Aspects of Healthy Aging (July 3- July 21, 2017)


    Recent years have seen increasing interest in understanding healthy aging, the ability of the individual to maintain sufficient physical, mental and social energy to live active and meaningful lives. The course, offered by the Center for Healthy Aging, University of Copenhagen will focus on exploring the aging phenomena through an interdisciplinary lens with a special focus on the concept of energy, a key component of healthy aging. Energy relates to processes at the cellular as well as the individual level and has not only physical but also important psychological and social dimensions which affect every facet of life.

    The objective of this course is to gain interdisciplinary knowledge and research experience in the field of aging to better understand how people can live energetic lives and enjoy a robust older age. The following sub objectives will be achieved over three weeks from July 3-21 2017:

    Week one: The main objective in week one is to provide knowledge on the interdisciplinary nature of the aging phenotype and how to evaluate the strengths and limitations of such research.

    Week two: The objectives of week two are to bring the students closer to the scientific research process and to give the students the opportunity to design an interdisciplinary research project.

    Week three: The objective in week 3 is to assist the students in exploring how interdisciplinary research projects are defined and evaluated.

    The objectives will be achieved through a combination of lectures, interactive discussions and project work in which students will conduct aging research projects under the supervision of experienced researchers from the Center of Healthy Aging.

    For more information on the course, please visit the course page on the IARU GSP website.

    Course: COP3: New Urban Life Across the Globe: Activism and Change in a World of Cities (July 24 - August 4, 2017)

    "What is urban activism in a world of cities?"

    For the first time in human history, more people now live in cities than outside them, and many of the major political contestations of the 21st Century occur in urban settings. Recent years have thus seen a surge in new urban-based political and social movements, experiments in local governance, innovative forms of protest, activism and grassroots initiatives in cities and smaller towns spanning from Barcelona to Istanbul, Hong Kong to Detroit, and Bogotá to Cape Town. Uniting these trends is the belief that the state and traditional political and social institutions cannot meet all the needs arising from urbanization, or that real societal change must begin from below. These developments demand a new ontology of the political that is “seeing like a city” and pays attention to urban political life as both localized and globalized, as well as a new epistemology of “the urban” that can take into account the diverse field of politics emerging in cities.

    During this summer school, the students will be immersed in critical urban theory and practical approaches to urban ethnography, drawing from a broad range of excellent research at three faculties of the University of Copenhagen. The aim of the course is to cultivate knowledge of the relation between the urban and social and political change today. Students will develop a general skill in applying urban theory from the humanities and the social sciences on cases from urban societies across the world. Special emphasis will be placed on combining theory from the global north and south. Methodologically, the students will be trained in conducting urban ethnography and in gathering qualitative data for case studies on selected instances or processes of social and political change that could include activist communities, issues of contested authority, planning controversies and everyday city-making. Finally, they will be trained to work analytically with this kind of data, and to discuss urban theory in relation to the ethnography.

    The course is developed through a collaboration between the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, Sociology and Centre of African Studies.

    For more information on the course, please visit the course page on the IARU GSP website.

  • Costs

    All tuition and program fees will be paid directly to University of Copenhagen. Fees and living costs estimates are as follows:


    COP 1

    COP 2

    COP 3


    Students (Msc) enrolled at UCPH: no tuition fee

    IARU students (Msc) whose home university has a GSP exchange agreement with UCPH (ANU, ETH, NUS, UTokyo): no tuition fee

    ​ IARU students (at Bachelor level), whose home university has a GSP agreement with UCPH: Are expected to demonstrate a pre-approval from their home university to avoid paying tuition fee

    ​ Participants EU/EAA citizens: Tuition fee of DKK 7,500

    ​ Participants non- EU/EAA citizens: Tuition fee of DKK 13,000

    UCPH: no tuition fee

    The IARU universities with a GSP exchange agreement with UCPH (ANU, ETH, NUS, UTokyo): no tuition fee

    Universities in the EU/EAA: tuition fee of DKK 4,000

    Other non-EU/EAA citizens: tuition fee of DKK 6,250

    IARU students whose home university has a GSP exchange agreement with the University of Copenhagen (ANU, ETH, NUS, UTokyo): no tuition fee (please seek details from your local GSP coordinator)

    Students from EU/EEA countries: tuition fee is DKK 1,875

    Students from non-EU/EEA countries with a permanent Danish residence permit: DKK 1,875

    Students from non-EU/EEA countries without a permanent Danish residence permit: DKK 9,375


    Monthly rate approximately DKK 4,500 - 7,500. Deposit: one month’s rent.

    Monthly rate approximately DKK 4,500 - 7,500. Deposit: one month’s rent.

    Accommodation, including any deposits:

    14 days: DKK 2400-3500

    1 month: DKK 3800-5500


    DKK 600-1,000

    DKK 150

    Printing Cost Apply

    Living Expenses

    Approximately DKK 1,500-2,500/month

    Approximately DKK 1,500-2,500/month

    Approximately DKK 1,500-2,500/month


    Santander Scholarship

    IARU and Santander Universities Global Division offers scholarships to support participation in the Global Summer Program. All accepted participants of the Global Summer Program will receive a guaranteed Santander Scholarship, disbursed by UC Berkeley. The scholarship amount is determined based on a flight estimate to the student’s destination, as well as estimated tuition and accommodation expenses. Students accepted into the program will be contacted by the GSP coordinator post-acceptance regarding their scholarships. No additional application is needed to receive the scholarship.

    Scholarship Directory

    A number of scholarship awards are available to UC Berkeley students participating in GSP. View our Scholarship Directory for additional awards that you might qualify for.

  • Timeline

    Application opens

    December 12, 2016

    Application closes

    March 17, 2017

    Applicants notified of selection by

    April 7, 2017

    Applicants confirm participation in program

    April 14, 2017


    All steps GSP participants take after April 14 will be coordinated directly with their host university.