Sustainability, Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship in Scandinavia

Summer 2017

August 4 - August 18, 2017 

Program Highlights

  • Duration: 2 Weeks
  • Countries: Sweden & Denmark
  • Primary Destinations: Stockholm, Visby, & Copenhagen
  • Activities: Business Tours, University Tours, & City Tours
  • Themes: Sustainability, Innovation, Technology, Entrepreneurship, & Global Business

Program Description

Sweden and Denmark are world leaders in sustainability, innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship. Both countries invest heavily in research and development in these areas while consistently being ranked as two of the happiest countries in the world. Participants in this course will gain a better understanding of the structures in Sweden and Denmark that help to create this highly innovative, productive, and satisfying environment.

The course will allow students to meet with businesses that are leading the way in sustainability, innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship in Scandinavia. Students will tour business incubators, start-ups, successful businesses, and universities in Stockholm, Visby, and Copenhagen. Students will travel throughout Sweden and Denmark using various forms of public transportation such as ferry, bus, subway, train, and bicycle. 

Students will gain experience organizing and executing professional business meetings. Students will be required to schedule their own visits as part of the course requirements. The learning for this course will be done through research, company tours, preparatory readings, faculty-led workshops, critical writing, group discussions, and journaling. This course will be offered for A-F grading only. 

Course Information

Course Name: Sustainability, Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship in Scanadinavia

Course Number: GBUS 280A

Credit Number: 2

Designation: Intercultural (pending approval)

Program Cost

The estimated Program Fee is $2,100 plus the cost of two CSB/SJU credits at the reduced summer tuition rate (approximately $573 per credit).

This price includes:

  • Accommodations during the program
  • Local rail passes
  • Euro-rail passes
  • Bike rentals
  • Program administrative costs and fees
  • Some group meals
  • Some hotel breakfasts

The Program Fee does not include:

  • Roundtrip airfare (estimated at $1300)
  • Most meals & personal expenses (estimated at: $500)


The primary purpose of this trip is a business trip therefore we will be staying at centrally located hotels in Stockholm & Copenhagen. In Visby students will stay in apartments approximately 3km outside of town. Bike rentals will be provided to travel into the city.


Steve Schwarz has a background teaching in sustainability, technology, entrepreneurship, and business communication skills in the Global Business Department. As part of a faculty development grant, Steve traveled to Scandinavia in August 2015 and conducted over 30 meetings with universities, start-ups, business incubators, and met with various business leaders. This program is designed for students who have a genuine curiosity about how businesses function in Sweden and Denmark. Students will be asked to conduct their own business meetings while traveling and will have an opportunity to schedule visits based on their interests.