Danish Instruction


Unfortunately because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hong Kierkegaard Library will not be open this summer; therefore, we will not be offering the Danish Course. While disappointing, we are piloting an online lecture series. A Kierkegaard scholar will speak and lead a  discussion every Wednesday starting June 10th through July 29 (8 sessions). If you are interested in participating in this online summer scholar community, please email Eileen Shimota at shimota@stolaf.edu

Previously and Summer of 2021. The four-week-long Danish-Kierkegaard Course is an intensive language course, 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.

Read Kierkegaard in his native language.

The class meets three hours a day for four weeks, Monday-Friday, and homework can be expected to take 1–2 hours a day. Dates to be announced for the summer of 2021 in the spring. The cost is $1,400 and includes housing on campus, access to the Hong Kierkegaard Library, and participants are welcome to attend scholar seminars.

Scholars who participate in this program typically pair it with the Summer Fellows Program. It can be a joint application simply by adding your reason for wanting to study Danish to your SF proposal. Because of time commitment, it is not recommended for students to pair it with the Young Scholars Program. If you are not interested in participation in the Summer Fellows Program, the Danish course application includes:

  1. Updated Curriculum Vitae or other description of your qualifications
  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.