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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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Definitely! I learned a lot about what makes Denmark such a good country and how America could learn from it. I learned about sexuality in Denmark through one of my classes and I got to have siblings for a while (I'm an only child), which made me very happy - Goucher College View Entire Review
Very worthwhile. It was still a very Westernized experience in a European capital, but Copenhagen and its people have a quirkiness and lifestyle that cannot be found elsewhere. It didn't change any of my future plans, but it did allow me to take a more proactive role in my life (social and academic), to gain independence and to ... - Rice University View Entire Review
Living in Scandinavia definitely has given me insight and a better understanding of a completely different political system and manner of living than the US. Scandinavians are also very sensitive to weather and their architecture and design reflects this reaction to environmentalism. The AD program itself has helped me re-affir... - Maryland Institute College of Art View Entire Review
My study abroad experience was worthwhile. I learned how to live independently, how to live in a foreign city, how to travel in cities and use public transportation. I absolutely feel more culturally aware and more sensitive towards people everywhere. - SUNY Purchase View Entire Review
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I would recommend studying abroad to every and any student. I think it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore europe. You are surrounded by people who are equally interested in looking for adventure, exploration, good friends, and a good time. I think my experience in Copenhagen is priceless. Not only would I do the whol... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
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I became the person I've been wanting to be. It provided me the space to do so. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
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Very worthwhile. I gained a great knowledge and appreciation for travel and people you never thought you'd meet. It is such an ironic experience given the random placement of students from all corners of the world put into a temporary situation such as learning to get accustomed to foreign living. When really, I learned more tha... - University of Hartford View Entire Review
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I have no regrets from my semester at all; it was one of the most fun and incredible five months of my life. I visited over 10 countries and met people who hopefully I will keep in contact with for a very long time. My perspective on my academic interests and personal goals also changed. I have already traveled widely before thi... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
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Living in another country was amazing. Period. I miss it. Copenhagen has so much charm. - Tufts University View Entire Review
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YESSSSSS. Amazing amazing amazing amazing. LOVED IT SO MUCH. - Vassar College View Entire Review
It was amazing - I could talk for hours about everything I learned and all the experiences I had and all the friends I made. - Tufts University View Entire Review
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It has been great thus far, but I go back soon. - Providence College View Entire Review
This is a really wonderful program and Copenhagen is such a fun city. The Danes are super nice, and they all speak flawless English. Travel out of Copenhagen is a little more difficult than maybe from other places in Europe like Paris or Berlin, but it's such a nice, hidden treasure that makes it worth the extra money. Also, the... - Rice University View Entire Review
More than worthwhile! - University of Hartford View Entire Review
Great time. Realized that adapting to a new environment is always possible. - Tufts University View Entire Review
Going abroad helped me realize that I want to be able to travel more in the States because there are so many places in America that I haven't been to. But of course, I want to return to Europe as well! - Trinity University View Entire Review
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Yes, definitely worthwhile - good life experience. - Tulane University View Entire Review
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My experience at DIS was probably one of the highlights of my college life. I made amazing friends through my classes and traveling, had a great relationship with my host family, and fell in love with Copenhagen. Because Copenhagen is not a touristy city, I truly felt immersed in the culture and by the end of the semester I felt... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
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I love Denmark and after spending time here, I think I would like to attend graduate school here. The weather is terrible, but the society is pretty great. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
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Yes I loved this program - Wellesley College View Entire Review
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Yes. I really grasped the cultural differences that lay beneath the surface. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
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Yes! I loved it! - Vassar College View Entire Review
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The experience was definitely worthwhile and I learned a lot about myself and the world. I would do it again if I had the chance. You have to see what Europe is all about and college is a great time to do it. I became much more independent during my stay and feel that I have matured a lot. - SUNY - Binghamton View Entire Review
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Studying abroad was one of the best things I've ever done in my life. - Tufts University View Entire Review
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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 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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