Study Abroad in Scandinavia 

The BVO has been providing valuable study abroad opportunities for over 65 years. In addition to sending American students to Scandinavia, Scandinavian students also receive scholarships to study abroad at UW-Madison. The BVO is recognized by UW-Madison as an independent scholarship program. Our organization prides itself in encouraging scholars to take some courses outside of their typical field of study. 

Our flagship scholarship program for Americans begins during the spring semester and places one scholar in Finland, one scholar in Sweden, and one scholar in Denmark 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. Scholarships are designed to cover housing, tuition/program fees, roundtrip flights to Scandinavia, visas, insurance, and includes a generous travel and living stipend. The entire program runs from January through August 2022 and is roughly thirty weeks long. The total value of the program is up to $25,000 depending on academic status and available programs.

Our scholarship recipients receive funds allowing them to visit Viking alumni across the region. Scholars are expected to travel together in 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.

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 encouraged to take advantage of this network for their career aspirations over the course of the semester. Many Viking scholars have been successful in securing internship and shadowing programs during their time abroad to complement their academic program.

A unique aspect of our scholarship organization is that the benefits of the organization extend far beyond the timeline of your scholarship 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. Overall, Brittingham Viking Scholarships help students grow academically, professionally, and socially during their scholarship experience. 

Hear some testimonials in the video below from past scholars. 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)

University of Copenhagen
Arts & Humanities 

Science & Technology 

Social Sciences

Open to 2021-22 Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students with a 2.5 GPA

Helsinki, Finland (Spring)

Aalto University
Science & Technology

Open to 2021-22 Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students with a 3.0 GPA

Hanken School of Economics
International Business

Open to 2021-22 Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students with a 3.0 GPA

University of Helsinki
Arts & Humanities
Science & Technology
Social Sciences

Open to 2021-22 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 2022 including a weekend in late August of 2022 to attend the annual Brittingham Viking Organization Convention in either Oslo, Norway or Helsinki, Finland (TBD).

  • 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.)

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.

  • Read the information provided in the application and on the website to gain a full understanding of the scholarship, the organization, and the history of the BVO.

  • Complete the scholarship application thoroughly. Respect the word limits and do not change the formatting of this document. All text should be typed in Arial 12 point font.

  • Create a single PDF including your written application and resume (optional) with the file name FirstnameLastname and submit via the application link found here

  • Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 25th, 2021. Late applications will not be accepted.

  • Applicants who are selected for an interview will be notified by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5th. They must be available for virtual interviews on Saturday, May 15th, 2021 and Saturday, May 22nd, 2021. Please note that not all applicants will be invited to the second interview.

Timeline for applying

  • April 25th — written applications due

  • May 5th — all applicants are notified via email of their interview status

  • May 15th — first interview for selected applicants

  • May 22nd— second interview for selected applicants

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.