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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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Yes. It was great to take a break from the immense pressures of college life, while still learning and growing as a person. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
absolutely. so much more independent. learned how to loosen up and have fun. great break from middlebury programs which force immersion down your throat (according to friends). i just enjoy life more and am a lot happier as a person after the experience. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
The other kids in the program made my experience fun and exciting because my housing made it somewhat difficult to integrate with Danes - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Past Review Amazing.
Absolutely. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Yes, this program has solidified my decision to become a doctor and increased my cultural awareness. I got to visit eight different countries which was an amazing aspect of the program. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I could not have asked for a better four months! - Providence College View Entire Review
Past Review Copenhanging
It was absolutely amazing to travel around Europe and I would suggest the opportunity, however I wish I knew more about what to except in Copenhagen before I choose to studying in the city. - Villanova University View Entire Review
Yes. Much more aware of world events and how the United States is viewed. Best four months of my life (so far!) - Providence College View Entire Review
I think I definitely gained an understanding of the many different cultures I came into contact with, and thus gained a better understanding of myself. - Providence College View Entire Review
Yes, I love Denmark, but the program was not very good. Overall, worthwhile - Carleton College View Entire Review
Yes, very much worthwhile. Studying abroad hasn't changed any of my future plans, but it has increased my learning in public health and health care as a whole. I am much more culturally aware in terms of understanding the way people live and learn. - Providence College View Entire Review
it was great to meet new people, become more independent, allowed me to become more diverse and have a better confidence in myself. - Providence College View Entire Review
If you pick a core program related to your career interests, you will gain a great deal of practical knowledge and experience in that field. - Harvard University View Entire Review
Absolutely - Villanova University View Entire Review
Living and learning abroad is tough. I think I am most glad I got to broaden my academic interests through my time in Copenhagen but I don't think Denmark and I fit together well. There are too many things I like about America for me to think about staying for longer in Scandinavia. I also did not find the culture attractive or ... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I loved my study abroad experience. I had a fantastic time exploring Copenhagen and other parts of Europe. I also learned a lot about traveling by myself and living away from home for an extended period of time. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I took home something that is impossible to teach in the US a European perspective. I feel I can now look at politics in two ways, from a US standpoint and from a European stand point. I feel that this will help me immensely as I pursue my political science major and makes me a more informed citizen of the world. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Great experience in foreign culture - Providence College View Entire Review
Absolutely!!! - Villanova University View Entire Review
Extremely worthwhile. I feel much more mature and confident in my ability to live by myself and take care of myself. Traveling alone was an important growing experience. The program also helped me focus on specific interests in the field of economics - Villanova University View Entire Review
Very worthwhile - gave a different perspective on politics, health systems, government, history, and life in general. - Providence College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about the field of design and art from a different, global perspective, and it widened my horizon in terms of the topics that I want to address in my art career. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I definitely think it was worthwhile because I got to see so much of Europe and Scandinavia and I was pushed really far outside of my comfort zone, in terms of interacting with people very different from my friends at home. I also became a lot more independent and learned how to handle stressful situations in much better ways. M... - Fordham University View Entire Review
Yes. - Providence College View Entire Review
YES! I met the greatest people and had some of my favorite teachers. Also the traveling I did was amazing. - Providence 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
Global Economics
Graphic Design
Innovation & Entrepreneurship
International Business
Justice & Human Rights
Medical Practice & Policy
Prostitution & the Sex Trade 
Public Health
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
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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