If you have questions about this program, email the program leader listed below.

Biomedical Modeling for Global Health in Scandinavia

Program Details

The arrangements for the travel, housing, meals, excursions and course content of this program have been made by the leader. Questions about this program can only be answered by the program leader listed below.

Program Type Departmental
Program Location Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Multiple Countries (Sweden)
Course # SA 10517
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
Summer 2023 05/19/23 to 06/03/23

Program Leader

Name Elsje Pienaar
Email epienaar@purdue.edu
Please Note: Due to COVID-19, programs may be altered or adapted with little notice

Enrollment Details: Enrollment Currently Closed

Program Description

This program will introduce you to a variety of cultures, traditions, and biomedical engineering efforts that are actively occurring in Denmark, Sweden, and Finland.   The specific theme of this program is Biomedical Modeling and Global Health, a major focus for researchers throughout Scandinavia and the Nordic countries.

You will observe cultural and societal similarities and differences between Nordic countries and the USA by interacting with students at host universities as well as renowned researchers. Students will develop a broad understanding of advanced modeling techniques in biomedical sciences and how they can be integrated and translated into patient benefits, as well as insight into how Scandinavian research facilitates this translation by engaging global health partners in the developing world. 

Tentative itinerary: 

May 19 - Depart USA
May 20- Arrive Copenhagen, Denmark, Check into Cabinn City Hostel, get a 72 hour public transportation pass, free eveing to enjoy Copenhagen. 
May 21- Go Boat Canal Tour, Free time in Copenhagen, Welcome dinner
May 22- Day at Technical University of Denmark/academic activities, free evening
May 23- Morning company visit (probably Cook Medical)
May 24-Train to Linköping, Sweden.  Check into hotel -And Hotel Linköping, Receive 72 hour transportation pass
May 25- Morning visit to Univesity of Linköping and afternoon guest speaker, free evening
May 26-University activities and visit to Berg Locks 
May 27-Morning train to Stockholm, check into Hotel Adlon, receive 96 hour  transportation pass 
May 28-Archipelago Tour- Cultural activities 
May 29-Morning visit to KTH, the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology/Division of Nanobiotechnology, afternoon company visit/ evening visit to Ice Bar 
May 30-Morning train to Uppsala, visit to the university -hotel Scandic Uplandia 
May 31-Morning university activities, train back to Stockholm, board the Tallink Silja Link Ferry for overnight cruise to Helsinki, buffet dinner onboard. 

June 1- Arrive in Helsinki, academic visit to Espoo, Finland, company visit in the afternoon (probably Siemens Healthineers), Free evening

June 2-Free day in Helskini to enjoy the sites 

June 3-Students free to leave anytime.  

All non-academic questions (travel, costs, itinerary, registration, etc.) should be directed to Jill Churchill churchil@purdue.edu.  All questions regarding academic matters should be directed to the program leaders. 

Academic Credit

Earn 3 Credits for BME 495. Talk to your academic advisor about how this can be used in your plan of study.


Open to all Engineering students who have reached at least the sophomore level to seniors. Students in related majors may also apply. All acceptance decisions will be made by Program Leaders.  Students on academic probation are not eligible.  


Program Cost

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss.

Estimated cost is $4,400 which includes:   All housing, all trains, ground transportation, public transportation passes in each city, overnight ferry to Helsinki, breakfast daily, all excursions on the itinerary, 3 academic credits, and international health insurance.  

Additional costs are:  Airfare, lunches and dinners, passport, visa (not required for US citizens), and personal spending money.  

**There is no finanical obligation to apply.  A $500 deposit will be requested upon acceptance into the program**

**Please see the Financial Resources tab for information on the Purdue Moves Scholarship**

Application Deadline

Students will be accepted on a rolling basis unil the program is full.  20 spots available.

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.