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Study Abroad at DIS Copenhagen Ignite your love of learning, further your academic achievements, develop  intercultural understanding, and acquire life skills essential for engaged citizenship. Discover Europe and meet the unexpected. Freedom of ... read more

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I learned that I was much stronger than I thought; that I could move to a foreign country and within four months make it into a home, with friends and meaningful events in my life that I wouldn't have had if I stayed home. I learned how to travel, and how essential it is to travel and see new places and people. - Trinity University View Entire Review
Absolutely. I gained a sense of calm and confidence that I didn't have before. Traveling on my own gave me a sense of independence and that I can handle whatever life throws my way. Living with a host family gave me a new appreciation for work/life balance and a determination to maintain it I haven't had before. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
July 11, 2017 A Great Time
It was very worthwhile. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Learned a lot about independence, becoming comfortable not knowing the language spoken around you. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I made some amazing friends. It was worthwhile. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned so much about myself and about other cultures - Brandeis University View Entire Review
How to be independent, engage with people from all different cultures, budgeting... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned how to be independent and how I can be comfortable being myself. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned how to be more independent, take risks, be more open-minded, and have a greater worldview! This experience was definitely worthwhile, I would do it all over again! - Brandeis University View Entire Review
The teachers and the courses make me more clear about what my real passion. And the teachers gave meaningful advices to expand my career in environmental studies. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
June 09, 2017 Good, Not Fantastic
I was able to take a much needed break from Wellesley's academics and campus life, in turn giving me a greater appreciation for it. The change of pace and scenery made me see how much I love my school, even if it can be stressful. Going abroad gave me an opportunity to get to know myself as a flourishing young adult, whether thr... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
My semester abroad was a test of my ability, could I travel on my own, navigate a new situation? In my successes, I felt emboldened and experienced growth in my self-confidence. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Learned to live abroad. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I became more independent, met different people from all over the world, and really dug my heels into Danish culture. Absolutely worth it. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned about the culture and architecture of Denmark, as well surrounding European countries. I also gained many skills in travelling on my own, and getting around the city comfortably. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Living in Copenhagen for six months was a dream. Classes were interesting, but were not too challenging. It is a good balance between school and fun. - Trinity University View Entire Review
June 26, 2017 Host Family Helpful
learned to be independent, confident, observant. how to evaluate others cultures - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Studying abroad was definitely worthwhile because I was able to live with a host family and gain a better understanding of how a social welfare state works and compare it to the US. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learnt a tremendous amount about Denmark, and from my classes. I am now doing an internship in Denmark for the summer at DONG Energy in wind power. Most worthwhile. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I gained a more balanced perspective of my life and how I like to live and it challenged me and trained me to be more flexible. Definitely a worthwhile experience. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I am so glad I studied abroad, I just wish I had done an independent program at a local university. I feel like I have better learned how I am as a person in isolation, and how to take care of myself better. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Danish pastries and chai lattes make everything better. I also learned how to become more independent and flexible. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned so much -- I got to travel to so many amazing places, learn a lot about Scandinavian culture, speak a little Danish, and enjoy all the amazing things Europe has to offer. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I was terrified to study abroad, as I had never done anything like nor had I ever been away from my family for such an extended period of time. All of my fears were eased as early as the first week, when I met some truly incredible students both on my program and in my residence building. The culture is simply amazing- minimalis... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I think it was worthwhile. It was nice getting to actually live in a city and learn about it's culture and history and how that is reflected in city life today. - Wellesley College View Entire Review


Study Abroad at DIS Copenhagen 

Ignite your love of learning, further your academic achievements, develop 
intercultural understanding, and acquire life skills essential for engaged citizenship. Discover Europe and meet the unexpected. 

Freedom of Choice 

Pursue your academic and personal goals abroad. Build your semester by choosing a core course from 24 academic programs, and select from over 250 upper-level elective courses. Your freedom of choice extends to your housing, where you apply to living arrangements that best fit you. 

Academic Excellence 

Academics at DIS are intellectually stimulating, with courses designed to further your knowledge within your chosen field and inspire intercultural awareness. Challenge yourself to examine issues from different perspectives, raise questions, and debate complex topics through analysis, research, and reflection. Many courses focus on contemporary burning issues; terrorism, migration, economic turmoil, climate change, human rights, and other current topics inspire discussions in the classroom. 

Experiential Learning 

Theory-based courses with a focus on practice through hands-on learning experiences include field studies, guest lectures, flipped classrooms, practicums, real-life case studies, student research labs, simulation exercises, skill-building workshops, studios, projects with professional critiques, presentations, and showcases. In addition, 
you have the opportunity to pursue independent research based 
on your passion. 

Europe as Your Classroom 

During the semester, you travel with your core course on two course-integrated, faculty-led study tours. These connect you with professionals in the field, as well as locals, who add new cultural perspectives to your understanding of course topics. Core Course Week consists of a study tour in Denmark or a neighboring country, combined with a two-day seminar in Copenhagen. Your core course then travels on a Week-Long Study Tour to a relevant European destination. 

Faculty Who Teach What They Do 

DIS faculty bring real-life expertise from their field into the classroom. Most work as professionals in the areas they teach, giving you access to resources and networks in Copenhagen and on study tour – such as researchers, health professionals, communication consultants, European politicians, innovative business leaders, cutting-edge architects and designers, entrepreneurs, ground-breaking activists, fascinating historians… and the list goes on! 

Supportive Environment 

DIS offers academic and student support resources that focus on you as an individual, giving you a foundation upon which to grow during your time abroad. Throughout the semester, online writing help, academic databases, and academic counselling are available to you. Outside of your academics, the DIS Care Team supports your personal well-being by providing student services to help you develop strategies to make the most of your semester. 

Cultural Engagement Options 

Whether you live in a Homestay, take a Danish Language and Culture course, volunteer at Studenterhuset (Copenhagen’s student union), play on a local sports team, or meet your Visiting Hosts for a Danish smørrebrød lunch; your learning will take place beyond the classroom. Our goal is to help you depart from your semester having built a network and friendships.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Political Science and Government
  • Philosophy
  • Literature
  • History
  • Danish Language and Literature
  • Scandinavian Studies
  • Design and Applied Arts
  • Urban Studies
  • Sociology
  • Sustainability Studies
  • Biology and Biomedical Sciences
  • Human Development, Family Studies
  • Housing and Human Environments
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies
  • Architecture
  • Environmental Studies
  • Computer and Information Sciences
  • Psychology
  • International Business
  • European Studies
  • Communication and Media Studies
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DIS - Study Abroad Scholarships

DIS offers several scholarship opportunities. The combined maximum scholarship for any individual student is $5,000 per semester . DIS Scholarship Awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need (funding up to $5,000 per semester; $250-500 for summer sessions 1, 2, or 3; or up to $1,000 for summer session 4) Diversity Scholarship Awarded to support students from populations that are underrepresented in study abroad including those from diverse ethnic, racial, cultural, sexual orientation, and educational backgrounds including first-generation college students (funding up to $5,000 per semester and up to $250 to $1,000 per summer depending on course/program selection)

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Fall: April 1 Spring: October 1 Summer: March 1

1. Sections 1-3 of the application, completed including a personal statement written by you, the student. 2. Your most recent available FAFSA Student Aid Report, and your school’s Financial Aid Award notification summary. 3. Optional but recommended: a recommendation from your home university advisor. 4. Optional: your parents’ most recent tax statements, if you are claimed as a dependent.

Anders Uhrskov was the Director of DIS for 27 years and was dedicated to developing global leaders of tomorrow through education abroad. The Anders Uhrskov Leadership Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship established to award students who have demonstrated leadership on their college campuses at home and who are dedicated to enhancing and building upon their global leadership and critical thinking skills while spending a semester or summer abroad with DIS. Up to $10,000 will be awarded to one semester student and up to $5,000 to one summer student studying for six weeks or more.


March 1st (summer), April 1st (fall/year), or October 1st (spring)

Applicants must submit the following via email to dis@umn.edu with the subject line “Anders Uhrskov Leadership Scholarship Application." Please include the following information in your email: Name Major Home university Semester or summer of enrollment at DIS (e.g. spring semester 2015) Program of enrollment at DIS (e.g. Justice & Human Rights) Personal statement no more than three (3) pages in length, addressing all of the following questions: What inspired you to become a leader, and how do you inspire others? How have you demonstrated leadership on your home campus and in your community? What is a global leader and how will your experiences abroad develop your leadership skills? How will you apply your leadership skills at DIS? At least one letter of recommendation from an advisor, faculty member, coach, students affairs/leadership professional or other university administrator with whom you have worked as a student leader. Recommendation must be on university letterhead and attached to your email along with your personal statement.


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