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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, Creative Writing, Criminal Justice, Decision & System Sciences, Economics, Education, English, Environmental Studies, Family Business and Entrepreneurship, Film Studies, Finance, Food Marketing, Gender Studies, History, Interdisciplinary Health Services, International Business, International Relations, Leadership, Ethics and Organizational Sustainability, Management, Managing Human Capital, Marketing, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, Sociology
Language Pre-requisites: None Scholarships: Center for International Programs, Program Scholarships
Volunteer Opportunities: Yes Visa Required for U.S. Citizens: Yes
Program Description:

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.
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.
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 25 different programs  - 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), usually relevant to your major or minor.
  • 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. 

A Danish Language course is optional, but highly recommended. Many of the DIS courses use the rich resources of Copenhagen for field studies to companies, galleries, parliament, television stations, hospitals, urban development projects, museums, and much more. In addition, DIS offers several courses that include experiential learning such as practicums and labs allowing you to gain real world experience with local organizations. 

The majority of courses offered by DIS are taught at DIS by their own faculty. However, a select number of external university courses are available at various universities and institutions in Copenhagen. These courses are taught in English for both Danish and international students at various universities around 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.

Housing and Meals
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 Engagement
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! 
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:
  • You must meet with a CIP advisor before submitting your application. 
  • A limited number of completed applications will be approved on a first-come, first serve basis, per the Semester Abroad Policy.
  • This program requires a separate application to be submitted directly to them. Please refer to their website for deadlines and application requirements.  (Note that this is competitive program.  A limited number of students are accepted per DIS "program/track."  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:
Jose P Vicente, Spring 2016 Participant
This is a really good program for people who want to experience what being a student in a different part of the world is like. There are plenty of opportunities this program gives that allow you to fully experience the cultural environment of Scandinavia. I would definitely recommend this program to my friends and students are thinking about studying abroad.

Bronte M. Grigoruk, Spring 2016 Participant
This program balances learning, culture, and immersion in an incredible and integrative way. I couldn't be more happy with my choice to study at DIS and it will be something that I will cherish forever.

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.