WIP: Sweden & Denmark

Information and Application

Program Objectives

Through this retail-themed Wharton International Program (WIP) course, students will:

  • Gain an understanding of Sweden’s and Denmark’s business and cultural environments
  • Achieve a working knowledge of retail businesses through university lectures and direct interaction with business leaders
  • Enhance their intercultural awareness and communication skills
  • Earn 0.5 CU upon successful completion of the trip and course requirements

Program Information and Expectations

Students will be selected to participate in this short-term global course through a competitive application process. All Penn undergraduates are eligible to apply, but preference is given to Wharton students. Applicants must be in good academic standing. Students may only participate in a maximum of two WIP courses during their tenure at Penn. Seniors are not eligible to apply for May WIP courses. WIP courses must be taken for a letter grade.

This WIP course will explore the retail and fashion industries in Sweden and Denmark, and is made possible by the generous support by the Jay H. Baker Retailing Center.

Professor Pete Fader and a staff member from the Undergraduate Division will be escorting students to Sweden and Denmark. They will be in residence with the students throughout the program. Please note that students are subject to Penn’s disciplinary guidelines while abroad on a Wharton-sponsored program.

Course Requirements

Participants will be required to attend two pre-trip classes, which will provide an introduction to the business and cultural environments in Sweden and Denmark. Students will conduct research and prepare case studies that they will present at the second pre-trip session. While abroad, students are required to attend all scheduled lectures, business site visits, and cultural tours. A 10-page paper will be due approximately one month after travel is completed.

Business-Site Visits

This WIP course is designed to introduce students to retail businesses in Sweden and Denmark. Through site visits and meetings with senior managers, students will gain an understanding of the retail and fashion industries.

Cultural Events and Excursions

Students will have many opportunities to learn about the culture in Sweden and Denmark. Several events and excursions designed to increase global awareness and intercultural communication will be scheduled (and are included in the package price).

Program Deadlines, Fees, and Logistics

Program Dates and Deadlines

Completed Application Due Sunday, December 12, 2021
Notification of Students Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Payment Due Spring 2022 Bursar bill
Departure Monday, May 16, 2022
Return Friday, May 27, 2022

Program Costs

The cost for this WIP course is $1,800.

This fee covers course supplies, most meals, lodging for the duration of the program, ground transportation, business site visits, cultural excursions, transportation within and between Sweden and Denmark, and fees for services (interpreters, guides, etc.).

The fee does not include:

  • US/Sweden-Denmark round-trip airfare (see below)
  • Some meals
  • Personal phone, email, laundry
  • Travel documents (passports, photos, etc.) – more information follows this section.
  • Health insurance
  • Personal spending money
  • Incidental expenses not included in the fee (snacks, outside entertainment, etc.)

Financial Assistance

Students receiving financial aid from Penn may be eligible for financial assistance for WIP. Please note that financial assistance for WIP is coordinated and administered through the Student Financial Services via loans/grants. Your financial assistance for WIP will be included in your letter, should you be accepted into the program.

If you are requesting assistance, please check the box on the WIP application. We will notify you about your financial assistance package upon admittance to the program.

If you do not qualify for Penn Financial Aid but you need financial assistance to cover the costs of the program and flight, the Student Federal Credit Union offers student loans for these types of programs.

Travel Logistics

  • Airline Tickets: All WIP participants must fly to/from Sweden/Denmark together. A special group rate of approximately of $1,401 has been coordinated with a third-party vendor. Further information and instructions about this will be emailed to you if you are selected to participate in the program.
  • Accommodations: Living arrangements in Sweden and Denmark will be made for all participants. Rooms will be double occupancy.
  • Documents: Participants are responsible for obtaining the necessary documents for travel abroad. A valid passport is necessary for international travel. A passport should be obtained as far in advance as possible and must be valid for at least six months beyond your period of travel.
  • Language Competency: Tours and events will be conducted in English.
  • Insurance: All participants must show proof of current health insurance coverage before departing on the program. University of Pennsylvania health insurance is valid abroad.
  • COVID Vaccinations: All participants must be vaccinated and must show proof of vaccination.
  • Land Transportation: Participants will travel by private coach to all business, university, and cultural sites.
  • Meals: Participants will be eating foods of the region and should keep in mind that it could be difficult to accommodate some dietary needs or restrictions. Please contact the Lee Kramer at lkramer@wharton.upenn.edu, if there are any questions.
  • Penn Travel Medicine: The providers at Student Health Service are familiar with the health concerns in Sweden and Denmark. They stay current about disease outbreaks around the globe, and about new means of prevention and treatment of diseases that are of concern to travelers. Please visit the Student Health Service website to ensure that you are prepared to travel abroad.

Course Registration

WIP is a 0.5 CU course. You must have 0.5 CU available within your schedule for the spring 2022 semester. Please contact your academic advisor if you have any questions about this and where you may be able to use the 0.5 CU credit towards your academic requirements.

Cancellation Policy

The Wharton School reserves the right to cancel a WIP course for any reason before the departure date. Participants will be notified as soon as possible and  all fees refunded in the case of trip cancellation.

Please note: If a participant cancels prior to January 30, 2022 one-half of the fee will be refunded. On or after January 30, 2022, the entire fee is non-refundable.


Program Contact

Lee I. Kramer, Director
Wharton Undergraduate Division