Nordic Studies Program

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The Nordic Studies Program at the Institute of European Studies was established in 2015. Founded as the Finnish Studies Program in 1995, the Program supports a wide array of scholarly, cultural, professional and educational activities to encourage cooperation between UC Berkeley and the Nordic countries, including Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.


  • Support graduate and undergraduate teaching and research about topics relating to the Nordic countries, both from a contemporary and a historical perspective;
  • Support study abroad and internship programs for Berkeley students in the Nordic countries;
  • Support the UC Berkeley Library’s book collections relating to the Nordic countries;
  • Cooperate with other research centers on the Berkeley campus to support teaching and research on special areas of the Nordic countries, such as Greenland, the Faroe Islands and the Sami area;
  • Support interdisciplinary research that fosters transatlantic connections between the Nordic countries and the United States;
  • Support teaching of the Nordic languages on the Berkeley campus, including Danish, Icelandic, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish and Old Norse;
  • Provide a platform in California for conferences, colloquia and public lectures on the Nordic countries in order to disseminate knowledge of and interest in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.