Office of International Programs


A Study Tour of Energy in Denmark

June 13-22, 2014

MBA 612/699 (3 graduate credits)

This course offers students an opportunity to gain knowledge about energy-related opportunities by visiting business, not-for-profit and government entities currently exploiting the renewable energy setting in Denmark. We will learn about the cultural values, economic institutions and technologies that make Denmark a business and civic leader in renewable energy. By visiting governmental, business and scientific organizations, we will see first-hand the many ways in which Danish society exploits renewable energy and energy conservation opportunities.

The course is targeted to MBA and other graduate students with an interest in developing a more sustainable society through innovation and effective public policy. This course meets MBA requirements as either a required international course (MBA 612) or as an elective (MBA 699).

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Dr. Gramlich

Dr. Jeffrey Gramlich, L.L. Bean/Lee Surace Professor of Accounting. Professor Gramlich specializes in financial and tax accounting. He delivers decision-oriented courses in financial and managerial accounting, and individual and corporate US taxation. Dr. Gramlich’s research has been published in several journals including The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, and Journal of Accounting and Economics. His research topics include earnings management, corporate governance, and institutional structures pertaining to sustainability issues. For 16 years Professor Gramlich has taught at Copenhagen Business School at both the undergraduate and graduate MBA levels. He has witnessed first-hand many of Denmark's transitions to renewable energy.

Uffe Bo Petersen is the principal owner of Blue Ocean Energy, an energy consultancy that develops and implements energy management strategies for commercial clients who have significant exposure to energy costs. Mr. Petersen has more than 20 years of global energy experience, including as an energy trader both in the U.S. and Europe. Currently, Mr. Petersen focuses on corporate facility operations and energy risk management by improving building efficiency and operational processes and by promoting sustainability and CO2 reductions.Mr. Petersen graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in International Business (1989) and earned an MBA from the Copenhagen Business School (2008). Mr. Petersen is a Certified Energy Manager.


The application deadline is January 24, 2014. The deadline for the $200 deposit (applied to the program cost) is December 2, 2013

  • Signed, completed application form
  • Typed 200-word essay
  • A letter of recommendation from a faculty member, plus the contact information for one other faculty member who could serve as an additional reference
  • Official copies of all academic transcripts

Incomplete applications will not be accepted. You will be notified by e-mail of your application status. If your application is not accepted, the nonrefundable deposit will be returned. If the program is canceled for any reason by the USM, all deposits will be returned.

*If you are having trouble downloading the application, please contact us at (207) 780-4959 or and we will send you one. You may also want to try upgrading to the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Incomplete applications will not be accepted. You will be notified by e-mail of your application status. If your application is not accepted, the nonrefundable deposit will be returned. If the program is canceled for any reason by the USM, all deposits will be returned.

Tuition and Fees

The estimated program fee is $2710 plus the cost of three credits of tuition and fees. The program fee includes accommodation, airfare, scheduled in-country travel and local transportation, field trips, breakfast each day plus some lunches & dinners, and iNext's comprehensive insurance plan.

Not included in the program fee is the cost of tuition, fees, books, academic supplies, food, or other personal expenses. Three credits of graduate tuition, regular university fees, and the specialty accreditation fee for the School of Business is is $1,460. All participants on USM travel programs receive the in-state tuition rate regardless of residency.

All participants will be automatically registered for a payment plan. The $200 deposit will go towards the cost of the program and the remaining balance will be due as follows:

50% of the balance due April 5, 2014

Remaining balance due May 5, 2014

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Federal financial aid and loans are available to matriculated students who participate in travel courses. In order to receive the benefit of financial aid, students must be enrolled for a minimum of 6 credits during the summer for a summer travel course. If financial aid does not cover the full cost of the program, students are responsible for paying the remaining balance according to the payment plan schedule.

Include the costs of this course in your FAFSA application. If you have questions about financial aid or completing your FAFSA, please contact the financial aid office at (207) 780-4166. If you are not a matriculated student at USM, please check with the financial aid office at your institution.

USM's Office of International Programs offers small scholarships for students enrolled in summer travel courses. Scholarships are competitive and awards are up to $500. The application deadline is March 17, 2014. Students applying for the International Summer Scholarship must apply to a travel course before or at the same time as submitting a scholarship application.

**Click here to express your interest in the trip and have Professor Gramlich (or his graduate assistant) contact you to answer any questions you have.