Study Tour in Aarhus

The week began with what was essentially two days of field studies. I’ve already written a bit about what field studies are in a previous post so I won’t go in depth on them but this time around we had a field study to Nordisk Film on Monday and then went to Copenhagen Contemporary on Tuesday.

These two trips were fun excursions into the wider Copenhagen area, exploring the renovated and transformed shipping docks of Refshaleøen, and the outskirts of Copenhagen, Frederiksberg.

And I am just briefly mentioning these things because while they were on our study tour, they weren’t the main focus. The main focus was the city of Aarhus.

But before I get there I have to preface what a short study tour is. So:

What is a study tour?

Great question. A short study tour is the first study tour that DIS students take with their Core Course classes and it consists of a week of exploration, typically with around three days reserved for a tour or trip to somewhere in Denmark. We’re staying local here.

My classes study tour transported us by bus, then ferry, then bus again to the second largest city in Denmark, Aarhus. Because of my class being Modern Frames, we were there to study art. We went to three different museums and one film screening over the course of the trip and I will just tough on some of the highlights of the trip.

Highlight #1:

The people.

A result of being crammed in a bus and ferry and hotel room and museums with twenty-some other students is that it forces you to talk to one another. It doesn’t matter where you sit in class anymore, if you’re in the same room most of the time you’re going to want to break the awkward silence. And I really appreciated that about this tour.

Getting to know most of the people in my class well has created this newfound sense of community on campus for me. I pass classmates and say “Hi” or have a brief conversation.

On top of that, it is nice that this trip essentially functioned like a trial run for the longer study tour that our class will be having later in the semester. It made me feel comfortable around all my classmates and camaraderie formed between all of us. It also got me even more excited for the longer study tour.

Highlight #2:

Aros Museum (specifically: the rainbow).

I had been wanting to go to Aros before coming to Denmark and the fact that I was able to go free of charge and was served a dinner with my class after in the museum was just a bonus. The star of the show is Olafur Eliasson’s “Your Rainbow Panorama“.

While photos do some aspect of it justice, the experience one gets while in the rainbow is something I have never really experienced with art. One looses all sense of time and space, by the end I had forgotten how many times I had walked around it. The rainbow distracted me from the view, all of my focus pointed inwards, on the colors, the other classmates, how the light played off of skin and how the yellow-orange section affected my mood.

if possible, I highly recommend going to Aarhus, not only for the rainbow but also for the other things on this list.

Highlight #3:


Aarhus was a great city that, throughout the three days we were there, we repeatedly deemed “Little Copenhagen”. It retains the modern Nordic feel but at the same time feels smaller, denser, and less touristy.

It really is a beautiful city and unfortunately I didn’t take too many pictures of it so you’ll just have to take my word for it.


Aarhus was great. Really great. The short study tour, especially when we headed out on the road, forced people, myself included, to branch out and get to know the entire class. It assuaged some of my fears and worries that I had had and briefly mentioned in previous posts, and was a ton of fun.

As for the next post, I have little idea of what it will be about but keep a lookout for it next week. Until then, I will be holed away writing and revising my first paper of the semester.

3 thoughts on “Study Tour in Aarhus

  1. Anonymous

    Great to get your blogs, Eric, and to know how well you’re doing. Particularly good to hear that you’re establishing some friendships, some of which, no doubt, will last a lifetime.
    Love you,
    B an G.


  2. Parker Smith

    Congrats on getting to know more of your people, Eric! Aarhus seems like a beautiful place, and I’m happy you got to see it, and I’m glad we get to see it too through your lens (and keen eye). I’m excited to see where your adventures in Copenhagen take you next!!! Miss you a ton!


  3. Kirsten Zornado

    That seems like a really fun trip! I’m glad to hear that you got a little thrown out of your comfort zone, it seems like making all of those friends on the trip will make the rest of the semester that much more fulfilling. Good luck writing papers, sending all the good vibes!


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