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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. ACADEMIC PROG... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.4
Based on 406 Reviews
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Becoming better acquainted with Danish culture was definitely worthwhile; understanding some of the issues in modern Danish society gave me a better appreciation for the United States and other countries I had previously visited. At the same time, I'm appreciative of the opportunity to have learned about Danish culture, understo... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I achieved my goals of being on this program: taking design classes that are not offered at my home institution and living in a Scandinavian country and exploring other European cities. In that aspect, I'd say the four months were successful. However, if I could choose again, I'd choose a full immersion program rather than DIS, ... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I definitely learned to be more independent and stand up for myself. It can be difficult, especially while meeting so many new people to continue to remember who you are, but I definitely did! Going abroad was definitely worthwhile, because it forced me to break out of my shell. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I have learnt a lot about Danish culture, education, and scientific research. It was worthwhile in terms of having a hub/home in Europe while exploring the region and of learning about the country im depth. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with DIS Copenhagen: Semester
I gained a ton: more confidence to go out of my comfort zone, appreciation of the world and different cultures/histories, independance, strength in my Jewish identity and more friends/networks! Definitely worthwhile. This experience abroad is a door to many other opportunities in the future!! - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Yes, the abroad experience was amazing. I learned to be more open minded and when looking at cultural norms and differences to ask why Danes do things a certain way rather than just accept/dismiss them. Flexibility is also a large part of study abroad (ie. the pending country-wide strike that almost prevented us from leaving the... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned to adjust to life in another county and it was worthwhile. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
yes, I gained a new perspective on health care and definitely expand my knowledge of the medical and biomedical industries - Brandeis University View Entire Review
DIS Copenhagen changed me for the better. Yes, cliche, I know, but beyond true. I left having gained more independence and confidence, as well as best friends to love and support for the rest of my life. My life was enriched and every day was tinged with gold. My happiness level was through the roof, even when stressed about sch... - Connecticut College View Entire Review
February 12, 2018 Incredible!
I became more independent and feel that I have new perspectives on the world but also more specifically gained skills and knowledge for my major - Middlebury College View Entire Review
January 31, 2018 Insanely Awesome
I learned about a new lifestyle. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with DIS Copenhagen: Semester
I learned how to be more independent, make plans for myself, commute in cities. My medical biotechnology and drug development course was incredible and exposed me to a companies and institutions I would have never been to. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
A broader experience of the world and what it means to be "danish". Yes! - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I really enjoyed all the traveling I was able to do. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I actually learned a lot about myself and my current motivations and goals. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
While I suppose I learned a bit academically, in reality I learned much more about living independently, the logistics of traveling, and getting by without speaking the local language (mainly in countries outside Western Europe where most people speak English). - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned a lot in my subject matter, but also grew as a person. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Through my classes, field studies and study tour, I gained a new understanding of the health care systems throughout Europe. Through traveling, I also learned how to be more independent and outgoing. I learned a lot about Danish culture as well and grew to deeply appreciate Danish society. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned independence, and proved to myself that I could live in a foreign country by myself. I made some great friends from DIS. I was also able to travel throughout Europe, which was great. And I also learned a lot from my classes. It was definitely a worthwhile program. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with DIS Copenhagen: Semester
I definitely became more independent. I traveled many times and now feel very comfortable going to other countries, planning itineraries, and understanding public transportation. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
April 10, 2018 I Loved Abroad.
It was extremely worthwhile. I learned about living in a city, and living among people who were not American and adjusting to a new culture. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
The Danish language, a connection to my culture, a beautiful norwegian wife... so basically everything I could have asked for and more. Well, I still live in Copenhagen with plans of starting a family here, so yeah, I guess you could say it was worthwhile. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
February 01, 2018 Everyone Go To Copenhagen
I learned how to cook, how to speak/understand Danish, how to budget my money, and how to take control of my life. Definitely worthwhile. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
January 30, 2018 Once In A Lifetime
I became more independent and gained more confidence. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
January 24, 2018 The Best Semester Ever
Friends and an experience in culture. - Middlebury College View Entire Review

About

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. 

ACADEMIC PROGRAMS
Architecture & Design
Art & Visual Culture
Biomedicine
Child Development & Diversity
Communication
Computer Science
Environmental Science of the Arctic
European Politics
Furniture Design
Global Economics
Graphic Design
History
Innovation & Entrepreneurship
International Business
Justice & Human Rights
Literature
Medical Practice & Policy
Neuroscience
Philosophy
Prostitution & the Sex Trade 
Psychology 
Public Health
Sociology
Sustainability
Terrorism & Security
Urban Studies

Pursue your Academic and Personal Goals
Choose a core course from 25 academic programs and select from over 250 upper-level elective courses. Your freedom of choice extends to your housing, where you apply for living arrangements that best fit you.

Academic Excellence
Intellectually stimulating courses challenge you to examine issues from various perspectives, as you debate, play, research, analyze, and reflect on contemporary topics and burning issues. 

Experiential Learning
With an emphasis on hands-on learning experiences, you have opportunities to simulate real-life scenarios, make connections, and build your resume. 

Europe as Your Classroom
Take your classroom on the road with two course-integrated, faculty-led study tours with your core course! Visit important sites and meet with local experts who add cultural perspectives to your knowledge of the field. 

Faculty Who Teach What They Do
Most faculty work as professionals in the areas they teach, bringing theory to life by sharing real-world examples in the classroom. 

Supportive Environment
Academic counseling and personal support resources are available to you during your time abroad, providing you a solid foundation upon which to grow.

Cultural Learning
In your courses, you focus on the importance of cultural context and are exposed to how issues are perceived, lived, and theorized in Europe. It is also your chance to reflect on the cultural norms and values that shape you.

Meet the Locals
Living in a Homestay, signing up for a sports team, taking a Danish Language and Culture course, or attending evening seminar are among the ways to build your international network and meet the locals. 

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Research
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Environmental Studies
  • Architecture
  • European Studies
  • Scandinavian Studies
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies
  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Computer and Information Sciences
  • Danish Language and Literature
  • Housing and Human Environments
  • Human Development, Family Studies
  • Literature
  • Biology and Biomedical Sciences
  • Sustainability Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Political Science and Government
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies
  • Design and Applied Arts
  • Entrepreneurial and Small Business
  • International Business
  • History
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Minimum GPA:
3.0
Year Founded:
1959
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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 (unless granted the Jacob Buksti Memorial Scholarship or the Anders Uhrskov Leadership Scholarship). 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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Deadlines:
Fall/Full Academic Year: April 1 Spring: October 15 Summer: March 15

Guidelines/Requirements:
1. Complete sections 1-3 of the application, 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

This merit-based award honors a beloved former DIS faculty member, Jacob Buksti, who passed away in 2016. Jacob built a strong legacy in modern Danish politics and made a deep impact on the hundreds of DIS students he taught from 2003 to 2016. Jacob served the Danish Social Democratic Party as a parliamentarian, party spokesperson, and Minister of Transportation during an impressive political career, and he was deeply devoted to sharing his work and passion with U.S. students at DIS. He loved being a politician and, even more than the theories and policy study that fueled his coursework, was passionate about the living, breathing game of European domestic and international politics. We offer this scholarship of up to $10,000 each semester to a deserving DIS Copenhagen or DIS Stockholm student who exhibits: A major in political science, international relations, government, public policy, economics, or a related field Passion about pursuing a career in politics An understanding of the work it takes to be actively engaged to advance yourself and your mission, interest in European/EU politics, and awareness that effective politics has many avenues A high GPA, strong personal essay, and recommendation from a professor or academic advisor Note: summer awards are not offered for this scholarship at this time.

$10,000

Deadlines:
Fall/Full Academic Year: April 1 Spring: October 15 Summer: March 15

Guidelines/Requirements:
Applicants must submit the following via email to dis@umn.edu with the subject line “Jacob Buksti Memorial Scholarship”: Name Major Home university GPA Semester or summer of enrollment at DIS (e.g. spring semester 2018) Program and Core Course in which you intend to enroll at DIS Personal statement (max 750 words) describing your passion for politics (including any awards/achievements) and how you will apply this passion in Scandinavia. How will DIS enhance your career goals in politics? At least one recommendation from a faculty member or academic advisor – must be attached on university letterhead

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.

$10,000

Deadlines:
Fall/Full Academic Year: April 1 Spring: October 15 Summer: March 15

Guidelines/Requirements:
Applicants must submit the following via email to dis@umn.edu with the subject line “Anders Uhrskov Leadership Scholarship Application": Name Major Home university Semester or summer of enrollment at DIS (e.g. spring semester 2018) 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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