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Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 3.0 Housing Options: Apartment, Host Family, Residence Hall
Class Eligibility: Junior, Senior Language of Instruction: English
Internship: No Service Learning: Yes
Program Type: Semester, Year Academic Areas: Art, Art History, Biology, Business, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Decision & System Sciences, Economics, English, Environmental Studies, Finance, Food Marketing, History, Interdisciplinary Health Services, International Business, Leadership, Ethics and Organizational Sustainability, Marketing, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology
Language Pre-requisites: None Scholarships: Center for International Programs, Program Scholarships
Volunteer Opportunities: Yes Visa Required for U.S. Citizens: Yes
Program Description:
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Program Overview
DIS is a Danish non-profit study abroad institution in Copenhagen with semester, academic year, and summer programs taught in English. Established in 1959, DIS offers American students engaging and challenging coursework enriched by field studies, hands-on learning opportunities, and study tours in Denmark and across Europe. Cultural engagement opportunities integrate students into Danish culture and students gain academic knowledge and intercultural skills to prepare themselves for a globalized world. DIS students are usually undergraduate juniors or seniors from approximately 200 highly selective U.S. universities.
Location
Copenhagen is a friendly, open city crammed with cute cafés, varied clubs that regularly host international bands and DJs, cool clothing stores and a large number of clean parks and beaches. Thanks to an excellent transport system, compact city center, bicycle paths practically everywhere and DIS’ central location, the life and soul of Copenhagen are easy to discover. Small-town Metropolis Copenhagen is a metropolis of 1.8 million people. It is the capital of Denmark and the center of the Danish-Swedish Øresund Region, with a population of 3.8 million. Yet it has an inviting small-town atmosphere of friendliness, intimacy and safety.  A dense network of walking streets, squares and waterfronts cover the old downtown area where DIS is located. Denmark may be an ultra-efficient country, but Danes know how to relax and have fun. You will truly enjoy the cozy vibe of this happening European capital.
Academics
You will receive 15 SJU credits for five courses, each worth 3-credits. At DIS you have freedom of choice when it comes to building your curriculum. DIS offers you an academically rigorous, hands-on curriculum - taught in English - that is unique to your needs.
  • Academics at DIS are divided into 23 different programs all contained in this section - each one of the programs focuses on a specific academic field or discipline
  • Your program at DIS is determined by your choice of a core course (you choose only one)
  • Core courses include a week-long Program Study Tour to a European destination and a Core Course Week, comprised of a two-day seminar and three-day study tour. Both study tours are faculty-led and academically integrated. Some core courses offer multiple study tour options and we do our best to match you with your first preference. 
  • Once you have chosen your core course, and therefore program, you are free to choose from over 200 elective courses on offer. This allows you to focus on your major(s) or minor(s). 
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All courses are designed for upper-division undergraduate students and  taught in English, except the Danish Language course, which is optional. Courses at DIS are taught primarily by local faculty who hold permanent positions in academia, civil governance, business administration and other professions. They instruct in the area of their profession, thus 'teaching what they do' and imparting a real-life perspective alongside the theory of the classroom. All courses use the rich resources of Copenhagen for field studies to companies, galleries, parliament, television stations, hospitals, urban development projects, museums, and much more. DIS offers several courses that include experiential learning such as practicums and labs allowing you to gain real world experience with local organizations. 

A small number of courses open to DIS students are taught in English for both Danish and international students at various universities in Copenhagen. They are taught in the Danish pedagogical method, which requires you to be independently responsible for keeping up with the readings and assignments and your course grade may be based on one final exam, which may be an oral exam. Courses offered by a local Danish university can be filtered on the course list page.

Choose from 23 DIS Programs:
Architecture
Biomedicine
Child Diversity & Development
Communication
Computer Science
Environmental Science of the Arctic
European Humanities
European Politics
Global Economics
Information/Graphic Design
International Business
Justice & Human Rights
Medical Practice & Policy
Neuroscience
Prostitution & the Sex Trade
Psychology
Public Health
Sociology
Sustainability 
Urban Studies 

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Housing
Where you live is an important part of your study abroad experience, and hopefully the basis for a rich cultural and social interaction during your time in Denmark! Unless otherwise advised by your home institution, you have six housing options to choose from at DIS. You should read the options carefully and request the housing option that best suits you. All options ensure you live with English speakers. You are encouraged to maximize your exposure to Danish culture and language during the semester, no matter what your housing choice.

DIS guarantees housing to all students who request, and pay for, DIS-arranged housing. This does not mean that all students will get their first preference for housing. Students may find themselves in their second or third housing preferences if they register late. The deadline for requesting DIS housing is approximately one month before the term's official arrival day. However, please do not wait until the last minute to submit the My Housing form, because housing placements are allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Switching from DIS-arranged housing to independent housing or from independent housing to DIS-provided housing, after the deadline, will result in a $100 fee plus any additional direct costs.

 
Use this DIS Housing Options Chart to help you compare your options.  Watch this 2-minute video to help you Consider your Housing Options.

Cultural Communications
Involve yourself in the many cultural opportunities offered to you while studying at DIS, and find out who the Danes really are across a variety of contexts. Pursue a passion and join a club or sports team with friendly Copenhageners, exchange cultural perspectives with a Visiting Family, stop by Studenterhuset for a game of foosball, give back to the community by volunteering, form lifelong friendships in the DIS Buddy Network, learn to speak some Danish, and end the semester calling Denmark a second home. Danes and Copenhageners alike are known as reserved, yet warm and welcoming people. They are ready to share their culture with you, and also want to learn about yours! All you have to do is challenge yourself to break out of your comfort zone and be curious. We’ll introduce you to the locals, and the rest is up to you! 
Cost
Students should consult the Budget Sheets at the top of this page for estimated program costs. For the most up-to-date cost information, please visit your Program Website. In addition, before choosing to study abroad in another country for anywhere from three to six months, you should consider the exchange rate of your host country as well as the cost of living in the city where you will be.
Related Scholarships:
Center for International Programs Study Abroad Grant 
Please apply for this program before applying for the CIP Study Abroad Grant (due October 15th or March 15th).  Use the 'Featured Program' Search to apply to this grant.  

DIS Program Scholarships
DIS offers need-based scholarships allocated from various funds including the Mary Dau Foundation to study abroad with DIS. There are DIS and Diversity Scholarships. In addition, DIS offers a limited number of work study positions for up to $500 per semester. Visit their website to find out more. 

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Things to Remember before Applying:
  • Review the SJU Study Abroad Policy here
  • Meet with a study abroad advisor before beginning your application. 
  • This program requires a separate application to be submitted directly to them. Please refer to their website for deadlines and application requirements.  (Note that a limited number of students are accepted per DIS "program."  Therefore, early applications are advised.)
  • If approved by the CIP, you will be required to submit a non-refundable $300 confirmation deposit WITHIN 10 BUSINESS DAYS of approval notice. 
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Program Reviews:
Katherine E Anthony, Fall 2016 Participant
Fabulous. Absolutely incredible. I am so grateful I was able to do this program!

Karen Medina Calderon, Spring 2016 Participant
DIS Copenhagen was a unique experience for me. I absolutely recommend it to anyone who is looking into it. Not only have I learned more about my career and my future plans but I have also met the most wonderful people. Great professionals that have guided me in what to do as well as great students who have become more than just friends. The opportunity to be part of a Danish family gave me the opportunity to not only learn more about the culture and their traditions, but also went to places in Denmark where otherwise I would have not gone to.

Erin F. Faller, Spring 2016 Participant
The Danish Institute for Studying Abroad is an excellent program for students who want to be immersed in a culture but still have a rigorous and rewarding academic schedule. DIS does a great job of giving students to get involved in the Copenhagen community and uses Europe as its classroom for two weeks of the semester. You will not regret choosing this program.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.