Sustainable Cities of Northern Europe
- Excursions and Day Trips
- Study Abroad Advisory of Student Risk
- About Europe
- Weather and Climate
- Research Your Destination
Students will stay in various types of shared accommodations: dormitories, hostels and hotels.
Students arriving early or staying after the program will need to make their own housing arrangements.
UC Davis reserves the right to change the accommodation location. Should this be necessary, we will arrange comparable lodging. Please note that elevators, air conditioners and other modern conveniences may not be available in all locations.
Continental breakfast is included at all accommodations in each location. There is typically 1-2 group meals provided in each country to allow the group to savor local culture and enjoy a relaxing meal together. Students buy all other meals at various locations: in the hostel, hotel, or in local restaurants or markets.
Review the course syllabus (on the Courses page) to read more about the planned field trips and excursions as they are a crucial part of this active program. Visiting the sustainable communities, which become your classroom, make it a truly rewarding and once-in-a-lifetime educational opportunity!
Tentative Itinerary (subject to change)
- Stockholm, Sweden (7 nights)
- Gothenburg, Sweden (4 nights)
- Copenhagen, Denmark (9 nights)
- Freiburg, Germany (5 nights)
- Lucerne, Switzerland (2 nights)
Participation in this UC Davis Study Abroad program requires travel to and extended living in a foreign location(s) abroad. UC Davis Study Abroad endeavors to reduce and mitigate risk wherever possible. However, the environments and risks associated with living in these locations are substantially different than those found during a regular course of study at UC Davis. All participants must download and review the following information prior to departure. Any questions should be directed to the Program Coordinator.
Stockholm is one of the most beautiful and vibrant cities in the world, with its miles of shoreline, harbors, ferries, elegant buildings, long summer days (20 hours of sun!), great eateries, thriving parks and plazas, sleek design sense, edgy fashion and world-class music/cultural festivals and nightclubs. Stockholm is also one of the most progressive cities in the world in terms of sustainability with exceptional transit, bike and pedestrian transportation, renewable energy and recycling/waste to energy facilities, new eco-neighborhoods and emphasis on public green space, plazas and parks. Surrounding the city is the 24,000 or so rocky islands that make up the archipelago stretching into the Baltic Sea. Our stay in Stockholm includes accommodations on a hostel that is a former sailing ship docked at a beautiful urban island (Skeppsholmen), and trips to many of the city’s 120 museums.
Gregarious, chilled-out Gothenburg (Göteborg) has considerable appeal for tourists and locals alike. Neoclassical architecture lines its tram-rattled streets, locals sun themselves beside canals, and there's always an interesting cultural or social event going on. Gothenburg is a very walkable city. From Centralstationen in the north, shop-lined Östra Hamngatan leads southeast across one of Gothenburg’s 17th-century canals, through verdant Kungsparken (King’s Park) to the city’s boutique and upscale bar-lined ‘Avenyn’ (Kungsportsavenyn) boulevard.
The waterfront abounds with all things nautical, from ships, aquariums and sea-related museums to the freshest fish. To the west, the Vasastan, Haga and Linné districts buzz with creativity and an appreciation for well-preserved history.
Copenhagen is one the most cosmopolitan and vibrant cities in Europe. The Danes are referred to as the happiest population on earth, and they are out in force in Copenhagen with its miles of walk-able streets, plazas, parks and its hundreds of museums, theaters, clubs and restaurants. Tourists are also out in force in Copenhagen in places like the famous Tivoli (an old-fashioned yet modern amusement and music/food park in the heart of the city), and the harbor with its grand theaters, redeveloped wharf housing and design centers. From a sustainability standpoint, there are few urban places in the world with a better inter-connected transit system, more walking and cycling and better examples of urban design.
Freiburg, Germany and side-trips to Basel and Bern, Switzerland
Freiburg, western gateway to the Southern Black Forest, has the informal, innovative and creative attitude and atmosphere of a thriving university community combined with a thriving and vibrant tourist city. Framed by the velvety hills of the Black Forest, it is endowed with a wealth of historical attractions, led by the superb Münster (church), the restored Drisam River (which runs the length of the city and through the heart of town), an excellent range of restaurants, bars and clubs, and 60+ blocks of beautiful and walk-able historic downtown uninterrupted by cars! Freiburg is also known as Germany’s “eco-city” having spent over 30 years creating an unsurpassed transit system, bike network, and urban design fabric, while becoming the focus of the solar energy community in Europe and boasting two of the world’s most successful ecologically-designed neighborhoods. Freiburg is also a destination for those who like recreation and outdoor activity with the nearby forest, lakes, winery bike tours, river recreation (including in town swimming, fishing, and hiking), sand volleyball, soccer, etc.
Located in central Switzerland, and situated along Lake Lucerne, this city is known for being a center for culture, transportation, and economics. Lucerne has preserved its medieval architecture, and with a backdrop of snow-capped mountains, Lucerne is a top destination for tourists.
Language Spoken: Swedish, Danish, German, English
Each of the program’s locations have different climates and summer temperatures can vary. Bring clothes that can be layered for ease of comfort. There may be some rain showers, so bring a jacket, poncho or umbrella and appropriate shoes for rain.
For students who wish to explore carbon off-setting, such as purchasing renewable energy to offset the global impact of their air travel, you can research the following internet resources. These organizations and web sites are not endorsed by UC Davis and are only provided as reference for your own research:
- New York Times Coverage - Sweden
- U.S. Relations with Sweden
- CIA World Factbook – Sweden
- Wikitravel Sweden
- New York Times Coverage – Denmark
- U.S. Relations with Denmark
- CIA World Factbook: Denmark
- Wikitravel Denmark
- New York Times Coverage – Germany
- U.S. Relations with Germany
- CIA World Factbook: Germany
- Wikitravel Germany