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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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May 02, 2022 Spring 2022: Dis
It definitely gave me a form of independence that I hadn't had. It also gave me a new perspective on other culture and so much travel experience. There is no doubt in my mind that it was worthwhile for me! - Gettysburg College View Entire Review
Im going into the health field, and it has been incredibly valuable to compare the systems abroad to gain a different perspective on the specific downfalls of the US system. - Northeastern University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with DIS Copenhagen: Semester
I learned about myself, I learned my growth style, I learned about travel, I learned about interacting with others that were from other countries or colleges from me, I learned about getting out of my comfort zone, I learned about sharing spaces, I learned about just how adventurous and explorative I am, I learned that I LOVE cu... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I deeply appreciated the immersive component of our classes: we learned by doing and by being. It was by walking around neighborhoods, meeting with researchers, visiting museums, and carrying out field experiments that I was exposed to a wide range of conversations and concerns on economic/social/environmental sustainability, ra... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Denmark is not paradise. No where in the world is free of systemic inequalities. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
January 28, 2022 Unforgettable
I learned a lot about living more independently, in terms of cooking meals for myself more, planning international trips, and time management to make sure I could successfully complete my classes and explore what Copenhagen has to offer. My study abroad experience was definitely worth it - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Learned how to live independently, make new connections, travel abroad, and take classes that I couldn't take at Wellesley - Wellesley College View Entire Review
How to live in a foreign country, details of a foreign healthcare system, important class work. Definitely worthwhile - Middlebury College View Entire Review
The saying goes that you only can truly understand your own country when you leave it, and it really rang true during my time in Europe. Not only do you get the opportunity to meet Danes, but also students from all around the US and see the way others live outside of the US. It really broadened my lens to a global scale and made... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
January 07, 2022 Fun Time But Expensive
good for architecture, very worthwhile - Wellesley College View Entire Review
January 03, 2022 Love Danish Pastries
playing sports with locals - Wellesley College View Entire Review
December 25, 2021 Very Nice
lots of knowledge about the Arctic. Definitely worthwhile - Brandeis University View Entire Review
July 22, 2021 Short But Sweet
I learned that there are many other fields that I would find interesting in my study. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about how to advocate for myself, set boundaries, and have a more open mind. - Gonzaga University View Entire Review
I further developed my academic interest through this program by taking super interesting courses in my major and being able to connect with professionals and to visit cutting-edge institutions through the program. It was worthwhile. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned to be more independent. I made lots of friends, American, Danish, and other Europeans. I found myself. It was absolutely worthwhile. People often tell me that I seem more mature and more confident now. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned how valuable traveling is to developing one's independence, character, and new interests. There is so much to be learned from new places and the people you'll meet there. Every single cliché things you hear about the value of traveling is true. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I loved how independent I could be, in an environment that felt so welcoming and safe from the very beginning. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
January 18, 2022 Once In A Lifetime
I learned so much during my time abroad. The places I traveled to, the people I met, the adventures I went on are all irreplaceable memories that I will remember forever. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
January 13, 2022 Hyggeligt!
It was so valuable to learn about Danish culture. I learned quite a lot about American culture as well! The time difference between my friends/family at home was pretty isolating, but I gained a lot of valuable knowledge about myself and grew a sense of independence and maturity that I would not have otherwise done at my home un... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I gained invaluable experience in the Danish education system, made amazing friends, and found a culture that I could see myself living in long-term in the future. I also gained more confidence and independence by being so far away from home. It was absolutely a worthwhile experience! - Wellesley College View Entire Review
January 10, 2022 Good Experience
How to live on my own in a foreign country, learned about another culture and how they handle different situations and and look at different topics, became critical of my own country. It was a worthwhile experience. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with DIS Copenhagen: Semester
How to bike in a major city (that was also made for biking as commute). How to cook for myself and ration groceries and money. So worthwhile, I highly recommend doing your research bout what its like to live as a student and best tips on living as a student in Copenhagen and then signing up because it is an AMAZING experience - Wellesley College View Entire Review
This was an extremely valuable experience because of the wonderful students in my housing, compassionate Danish culture, and excellent academics at DIS. I gained so much independence and confidence living in Copenhagen. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Great classes and taking advantage of the pandemic and limited academic options - Middlebury 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. 

Architecture & Design
Art & Visual Culture
Child Development & Diversity
Computer Science
Environmental Science of the Arctic
European Politics
Furniture Design
Graphic Design
Holocaust & Genocide
Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Justice & Human Rights
Medical Practice & Policy
Prostitution & the Sex Trade 
Public Health
Terrorism & Security
Urban Studies

Create Your Own Semester
Choose a core course from 26 academic programs and select from over 240 upper-level elective courses. Your freedom of choice extends to your housing, where you apply for living arrangements that best fit you.

Engage in High Impact Courses 
Learn how concepts and issues are perceived, lived, and theorized in Europe, and reflect on the cultural norms and values that shape you. 

Build Your Knowledge in New Settings
Turn Copenhagen into your classroom on local Field Studies. Hone your skills in research or labs, studio, practicum, or workshops.

Explore Europe on Study Tour
Travel with your class and faculty on two course-integrated Study Tours in Europe.

Follow Your Curiosity with Exploration Electives
Engage in hands-on and interactive Exploration Electives, which include additional international travel at no extra cost.

Get to Know the Locals 
Live in a Homestay, join a local club or organization, sign up for a Danish Language and Culture course, attend evening seminars, and more.

Join an Inclusive Student Community
Explore, discuss, debate, and reflect in a welcoming and supportive learning environment.

Seek Support When You Need It 
Our Academic Support and Care Teams are on site to support your personal and academic well-being. 

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
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
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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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Fall/Full Academic Year: April 1 Spring: October 15 Summer: March 15

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.


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

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.


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

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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