Study Abroad in Scandinavia 

The Brittingham Viking Organization has been offering study abroad scholarships at UW-Madison for over 65 years. Our flagship scholarship program sends students from UW-Madison to study abroad at different Universities in Finland, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. The program begins during the spring semester and sends one scholar to Helsinki, Finland, one scholar to Uppsala, Sweden, and one scholar Copenhagen, Denmark. Winning scholars are placed based on majors, availability at our partner Universities, and scholastic aptitude.

The scholarships culminate with all three scholars studying together at the International Summer School at the University of Oslo in Norway during the summer.

Availability from early January through late August 2021 is required, and the entire program is roughly thirty weeks long. 

The Brittingham Viking Scholarships cover housing, tuition/program fees, roundtrip flights to Scandinavia, visas, insurance, and includes a generous travel and living stipend. The total value of the program is up to $25,000 depending on academic status and available programs.


Our scholarship recipients receive earmarked funds allowing them to visit Viking Scholarship Alumni across the region. Scholars are expected to travel together to Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Norway, visiting Viking alumni along the way. Trips may include visiting Lapland in the winter, spending Midsummer in Sweden, and multiple visits to Copenhagen, Helsinki, Stockholm, and Oslo for cultural holidays during the spring and summer.


The Viking Program also offers a mentoring and career development program with internship opportunities. All our scholars become life-long members of our alumni network consisting of around 500 scholarship recipients from the last 65 years which provides valuable connections for future academic and professional opportunities. Our alumni network also serves as a valuable support system for our scholars studying abroad. Scholars are assigned mentors who help with career aspirations over the course of the semester, and our alumni network can help secure internship and shadowing programs in addition to your academic program.


A unique aspect of our scholarship program is that the benefits of our alumni organization extend far beyond the timeline of your time abroad. The people you meet might become your lifelong friends, and the social, academic, and professional contacts you gain makes the Brittingham Viking Organization unique compared to other study abroad experiences. Overall, Brittingham Viking Scholarships help students grow academically, professionally, and socially during their scholarship experience.

Hear some testimonials in the video below from our current scholars studying abroad in Helsinki and Copenhagen in the Spring of 2020. You'll find more information about academics and applying further down.

Available Universities on the Viking Program 

We send one student to Uppsala, one to Helsinki, and one to Copenhagen for the Spring semester. All three scholars study abroad in different cities at different universities, while forming a scholar-group that travels together during school breaks. The scholar-group completes the summer scholarship program together in Oslo at the International Summer School.


To find out more about available classes and subjects at our partner universities, please visit their respective websites. Our available Universities have different GPA and Student Classification Requirements. Please take this into consideration when determining your preferred study abroad destinations in your written application.


Copenhagen, Denmark (Spring)

Copenhagen Business School*

Social Sciences

*We prioritise students that have also been accepted through the Wisconsin School of Business but accept applications from all majors
Open to 2020-21 Juniors and Seniors with a 3.0 GPA

University of Copenhagen
Arts & Humanities 

Science & Technology 

Social Sciences

Open to 2020-21 Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students with a 2.5 GPA

Helsinki, Finland (Spring)

Aalto University
Science & Technology

Open to 2020-21 Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students with a 3.0 GPA

Hanken School of Economics
International Business

Open to 2020-21 Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students with a 3.0 GPA

University of Helsinki
Arts & Humanities
Science & Technology
Social Sciences

Open to 2020-21 Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students with a 3.0 GPA


Uppsala, Sweden (Spring)

University of Uppsala*
Social Sciences

*Classes taught in English at the University of Uppsala are mostly free standing courses. Viking Scholars interested in studying in Uppsala are recommended to take classes in Development Studies which will increase student’s understanding of political, economic, and social development in a global perspective


Oslo, Norway (Summer) All three scholars

The International Summer School at the University of Oslo is an international learning environment that has been hosting bright students from all over the world since 1947. The program includes housing and a meal plan along with a series of excursions, and is a valuable academic experience no matter what your major is.

Available classes at ISS cover broad topics such as:

- How Democracies Emerge and Survive

- International Politics

- Energy in today’s world

- Environment and Social Change

- Human Rights

- Gender Equality in the Nordic Countries

Important notes

  • Commitment requires scholar availability from January-August 2021 including a weekend in late August of 2021 to attend the annual Brittingham Viking Organization Convention in Oslo, Norway.

  • The scholarship will be given as a flat amount to assist with airfare to the Nordic countries, tuition, room, board, and travel expenses throughout the Nordic region.

  • Scholars must be returning to Madison the following fall semester for study or employment.

  • Scholars should assume responsibility for additional miscellaneous study abroad expenses (entertainment, personal travels, clothing, etc.) and have personal finances in order.

Instructions for applying

Start your application as soon as possible. Our application process is split into two portions, the first of which only takes a few minutes to complete.

  • Once you're in our candidate pool after completing the first portion of the application, you'll receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to complete your written application. Several informational emails will follow that may help you with finishing your application. 

  • Read the information provided in the written application template that you receive after completing your initial application. Also make sure to look at information on our website to gain a full understanding of the Viking Scholarship programs and the Brittingham Viking Organization.

  • Complete your written application thoroughly using the given instructions. Respect the word limits and follow formatting guidelines.

  • Create a single PDF including your written application and resume (optional) with the file name firstnamelastname and submit it by uploading it to our final application page.
    Note that you need to complete the initial application before doing this.

  • Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, March 29th, 2020. Late applications will not be accepted.

  • Applicants who are selected for an interview will be notified by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 30th. They must be available in person on Saturday, April 4th, 2020 and Saturday, April 18th, 2020. Please note that not all applicants will be invited to the second interview.

  • Scholarship winners will be invited to a dinner in their honor that same evening of the second interview on Saturday, April 18th, 2020.

  • Any questions about the scholarship or the application should be directed to with email subject “Application Question” 

Timeline for applying

  • March 29th — written applications due

  • March 30th — all applicants are notified via email of their interview status

  • April 4th — first interview for selected applicants

  • April 18th— second interview for selected applicants

  • April 18th (evening) — formal selection dinner for scholarship winners

Go to download the written application here if you've already completed your initial application and you're looking to submit.

If our scholarship program isn't relevant to you this year, but you'd like more information about future opportunities please join our mailing list below. 

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