IBPI Study Abroad: Sustainable Transportation in Denmark and Sweden
Portland State University presents an introduction to sustainable transportation and land use applications in the context of Denmark and Sweden through a spring 2022 term course (1 hour/week) that culminates in a two-week study abroad program in the summer.
The course creates an immersive experience to explore these approaches to cycling, transit, innovative mobility, and land use. The curriculum will feature material that provides a comparison between the U.S. and Denmark and Sweden in terms of problems, priorities, and solutions. Specific emphases on planning and engineering principles, policy, and practice will be explored through field trips, tours, and guest lectures, while visiting near by areas. Students completing this course will develop a broader understanding of sustainable transportation issues and expand their toolkit for context-sensitive solutions. Taught in a study-abroad format in a European nation, this course examines how the urban areas and transportation systems of that nation have been designed to promote transportation by foot, bicycle, and public transportation. Through design projects, offers students an opportunity to apply lessons learned to the U.S. context. You'll learn:
- Design of bikeways, safe pedestrian crossings, and transit systems;
- Urban expansion and land-use policies to promote travel by foot, bike, and public transport;
- Smart cities programs and projects;
- Roadway system design for safety and to prevent roads from becoming barriers to walking and cycling;
- and design for transit priority on roadways and for high-quality rail, tram, and bus service.
- No previous language study required.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
This program is open to college seniors and graduate students from any university. Capacity is limited to 15 participants, so apply early! Not a student, but a transportation professional interested in joining this study abroad? Contact John MacArthur at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire.
This is a Portland State University four-credit course (CE 495 / 595) in civil engineering, cross-listed with urban planning and studies courses. New to this year, this program has two components:
- A spring term seminar from March 28 - June 5, 2022 for 1 hour per week (delivery: attend anywhere) to discuss readings and prepare for the trip.
- A two-week study abroad travel component to be held at the end of the term from June 18 - July 2, 2022.
Learn more about the 2022 study abroad program:
HOW TO APPLY
Applications are now open: apply here by January 31, 2022.
- PSU Students: $50 application fee
- Non-PSU Students: $50 application fee. You will need to complete the same application process as PSU students. Once accepted, you will need to enroll as a non-degree seeking student at PSU (additional $25 non-degree student fee).
Program Fee: $5,460
Additional Estimated Costs: $1,940
Total Estimated Costs: $7,400
- 4 credits (USP or CE 495/595)
- Welcome Dinner
- Bike rental in Copenhagen
- Transport passes in Stockholm
- Round trip train tickets
- Copenhagen - Stockholm
- Two day-trips to nearby cities
- Guest lectures, site visits and cultural excursions
- Education Abroad service fee
- International Health Insurance
- 24/7 on-site support
ADDITIONAL ESTIMATED COSTS INCLUDE
- International round-trip airfare (estimated at $1,300)
- Airport transfer in Copenhagen ($40)
- Additional meals (estimated at ($396)
- Personal spending money (estimated at $200)
- Passport or visa
- US passport holders will not need a visa to participate in this program
Are you a Portland State University student looking for financial aid to take this course? See the PSU Education Abroad Scholarship Resources page for more information.
John MacArthur, Sustainable Transportation Program Manager, TREC at Portland State University
John MacArthur is the Sustainable Transportation Program Manager at TREC at Portland State University. He is active in research related to sustainable and equitable transportation, particularly in the areas of emerging technologies, e-bikes, bike share, transit, and the relationship between transportation and public health. Mr. MacArthur is the Section Chair for Transportation Research Board’s AME00 Transportation and Society and a member of Innovative Public Transportation Services and Technologies (AP020). He received his BS in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University and a MS in Environmental Health Sciences from the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan. Contact John if you have any questions about this program: email@example.com
Hau Hagedorn, Associate Director, TREC at Portland State University
As the Associate Director of TREC, Hau seeks to increase diversity across the transportation workforce and improve the impact of transportation research. She manages several TREC programs: research through PSU’s USDOT-funded UTC; the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation; high school transportation camps; and a national bicycle and pedestrian transportation data archive. Hagedorn is co-chair of TRB’s Innovation Implementation Committee, serves as chair of the Governor-appointed Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, and is a member of the TriMet Crash Advisory Committee. She just completed her service on the City of Portland’s Pricing Options for Equitable Mobility committee.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the withdrawal and refund policy?
Below is the policy from the 2020 course. When applications open for 2022, this may be changed.
Students may officially withdraw from a program by providing written notification of their withdrawal to the Education Abroad Advisor in the PSU Education Abroad Office. Students are not considered withdrawn from a program until written notification is received. Withdrawing from a program does not, however, absolve you of your responsibility of covering program costs. If the student withdraws from a program after they have changed their online application status to “committed” they will be billed the non-refundable fees, as stated above, as well as any non-recoverable program costs, as determined by each program refund policy. Non-refundable fees include: $50 app fee + $250 Ed Abroad fee
Is there any financial aid available?
There are some financial aid options for Portland State University students. See the PSU Education Abroad Scholarship Resources page for more information.
Why is a recommendation required for my application?
The recommendation (from a faculty member or professional reference) helps us determine if you're academically ready for an immersive education experience abroad. It's not a letter, but rather a fairly quick form that your reference can complete in 10 - 15 minutes. The bulk of the electronic recommendation are drop-down ratings to confirm qualities like "reliability", "adaptability", "motivation" - plus one or two open-ended questions.
What work will students be expected to complete?
It is a four credit class, and so taking notes, reflecting, sketching, and daily summarizes are expected on the trip. A long term project will also be assigned. This would include at least three options from a variety of disciplines. Past topic examples include: analyzing U.S. challenges in urban design and applying a dutch strategy, analyzing Portland Intersections, answering policy land use questions, and urban development.
Are laptops required?
What has been the size of past groups?
The groups have been about 12 students in size and the program caps at 15 students. Students are generally from urban planning or engineering backgrounds. All majors and fields of studies are encouraged to apply. Geographically most students come from Oregon with some from California, Washington, and Canada.
Is language study required? Do the Dutch speak English?
No language study is required for this course. School is taught in both Dutch and English in the Netherlands.