Danish Instruction


Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Hong Kierkegaard Library will not be open to off-campus visitors, but we are pleased to announce that the Danish Course will be offered online summer of 2021. The dates are June 7th – July 2nd. Application requirements below.

The four-week-long Danish-Kierkegaard Course is an intensive language class, offered by the Hong Kierkegaard Library. The course is aimed specifically at Kierkegaard scholars; however, students, scholars, and anyone interested in beginning their study of Danish are welcome to apply.

The course provides a foundation of basic grammar, phonetics and linguistic structures for developing a good reading knowledge of Danish. The aim of the course is to enable scholars to examine sentences and smaller passages in the original language and to check translations. This course is not an official course of St. Olaf College and does not provide official institutional course credit.

The class will meet virtually for up to 90 minutes each day, 9-10:30 am, (central time) Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Homework can be expected to take approximately one hour per day. The cost is $600. Danish course participants are welcome to attend scholar lectures each Wednesday at 1 pm (central time). More information on speakers and topics found here.

The Danish course application includes:

  1. Updated Curriculum Vitae
  2. A description of your reason(s) for wanting to study the Danish language
  3. Two (2) academic recommendations, preferably directly to shimota@stolaf.edu

The preferred application deadline is April 30th, but late applications will be considered if the class has not reached its maximum capacity.