Danish Residential Language Camp | Concordia Language Villages

Danish Residential Language Village

Learning Danish at Skovsøen, our Danish language immersion program, will be an experience you’ll treasure for a lifetime. Learn the language and culture of Denmark in the North Woods of Minnesota!

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Danish Residential Language Village

Program Overview

Danish Language Immersion

What can you expect from attending a session at Skovsøen? Watch this video to find out more!

Authentic Cuisine

<p>Lunchtime conversation and <i>smørrebrød </i>(open-faced sandwiches).</p>

Lunchtime conversation and smørrebrød (open-faced sandwiches).

Authentic Cuisine

Danish food traditionally offers a variety of meat and potato dishes from Denmark’s agricultural heritage. This tradition carries on, although Danes throughout history have always welcomed foods from other countries, particularly French cuisine. Popular food you’ll see at Skovsøen includes frikadeller (Danish meatballs), smørrebrød (open-face sandwiches) and rødgrød med fløde (traditional Danish pudding). Learn more about food at Skovsøen

Activities

<p>Singing during <i>storgruppe </i>(morning group time).</p>

Singing during storgruppe (morning group time).

Activities

We combine traditional Danish games, such as Viking kubb and rundbold, with current trends in outdoor activities. Enhance your Danish language skills while staying active in the beautiful outdoors. You’ll enjoy canoeing, hiking, orienteering, swimming, fishing, water games, volleyball, badminton, soccer and cycling. Learn more about activities you’ll experience at Skovsøen.

Arts

<p>Villagers recreating a Hans Christian Andersen story as a puppet show.</p>

Villagers recreating a Hans Christian Andersen story as a puppet show.

Arts

Painting, paper crafts, weaving, knitting, cross stitch, woodworking and beading are all activities offered in our arts center, Christiania. At Skovsøen we also enjoy singing, theater, storytelling and dancing. Learn more.

Biking

<p><i>De cyklende danskere</i> on the trail to Bemidji State Park.</p>

De cyklende danskere on the trail to Bemidji State Park.

Biking

De Cyklende Danskere (The Biking Danes) is an optional adventure program for villagers ages 13-18. Cycling culture is an important part of the Danish lifestyle, whether you live in the city or the country. But Danes especially love to be out in naturen (nature), so Skovsøen offers a group bicycling trip. Learn more about biking.

Scholarships

Scholarships

​We have multiple scholarship opportunities for those looking to attend a Virtual Village session at Skovsøen:

  • Passport Fund: Currently, the priority deadline has passed, but Skovsøen still has scholarship dollars to award. Apply today via the application in your MyVillage account.
  • Den Norske Torske Klubben: As a longtime friend and partner of Skovsøen and the other Nordic programs at Concordia Language Villages, this organization provides scholarship and grant opportunities for young people to attend language and cultural camps, seminars, and other educational opportunities celebrating Scandinavian heritage. Learn more.

*Both scholarships can also be applied toward Virtual Village sessions.

Why Learn Danish?

Danish connects you with the past. Whether you want to explore your heritage, converse with grandma in her native tongue, or just get an insider’s view of the rich history of northern Europe, at Skovsøen, you’ll learn words, phrases, and the history and traditions of Danish-speaking people as you immerse yourself in a fun, culturally authentic learning environment.

Meet Our Dean

Liz Lis Klages is dean of Skovsøen, the Danish Language Village. Lis is returning this year as dean and has 20 years of experience, serving as senior counselor, business manager, assistant dean and dean for 11 years. Lis earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota; her M.A. in European Studies and International Economics from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C., and Bologna, Italy; and her B.A. from Carleton College. Lis has spent several years living and studying in Denmark. Lis teaches Political Science at Augsburg University and Normandale Community College. She received the Global Citizenship Award in 2017.