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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 worthwhile. While I didn't really learn all that much, I met so many great people and had so many great experiences that it was 100% worth it. In fact I'm thinking about working abroad after I graduate. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
YES! - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
I've become much more culturally aware of myself as a U.S. citizen. My Medical Practice and Policy Program has significantly impacted my perspective on health care globally. I have a much broader perspective on the world which I now want to expand even more! - DePauw University View Entire Review
Yes! I learned a lot about myself, education, and Europe in general, and would love to do it all over again! - Wellesley College View Entire Review
It was worthwhile but I wish I had gone to a different program. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
It made me realize how much I want to travel more and learn about new cultures. It also made to gain more knowledge about Europe and European issues such as immigration. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Absolutely worthwhile. I am really happy I chose Denmark because it allowed me to see a part of the world that not too many people see or even think to see. It was really neat having essentially one study abroad program within Copenhagen, allowing us to have 700 kids in our program and have a unifying thing! - Providence College View Entire Review
Definitely! - DePauw University View Entire Review
Absolutely! - Providence College View Entire Review
Absolutely - Providence College View Entire Review
Yes! I experienced a different way of living that will definitely stay with me for the rest of my life. The program also helped me realize more specifically what I'm interested in academically. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
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Yes- but Tulane needs to change their housing options! - Tulane University View Entire Review
everything, love design, love scandinavian design, love biking in copenhagen, love danes - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
I had opportunities in Denmark that were once in a lifetime. I was able to become a more self-sufficient and independent individual. It was a semester that encouraged me to think and live differently. - Pacific Lutheran University View Entire Review
Yes, it was amazing! I wish I could do it all again! I definitely want to spend more time in Copenhagen because it is such a wonderful place to live. I loved it! - Barnard College View Entire Review
It was worthwhile...I learned a lot and am I more evolved young woman now. However the people on my program were all from the East Coast and were wealthy, privileged and apathetic. I had a hard time connecting with them. The Danes were also challenging to get to know. My living situation was isolating and disappointing. - Pacific Lutheran University View Entire Review
It was the best thing I've ever done for myself. - Providence College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with DIS - Danish Institute for Study Abroad: Copenhagen - Various Programs
Living in Denmark has opened up the entire world for me, as I have visited dozens of countries since then with the skills and confidence that I gained there as a study abroad student. I plan to work in study abroad specifically because I want to enrich students' lives as much as I felt like DIS enriched mine. My host family is a... - American University View Entire Review
Academically, it was a great experience, it wasn't really a 'break' from school like some other programs though. You really are challenged, but in a good way that makes you think in different ways and on different levels. Socially, I met some really great people, maybe not friends for life, but we got along and had some really... - Providence College View Entire Review
It was worthwhile but when I reached Denmark I realized that it didn't fit my personality at all. It really felt like the only kind of social interaction I could have with other students was to go out at night and drink. That is not what I like to do so it was hard to interact with people my age. Not anybody else's fault othe... - Pacific Lutheran University View Entire Review
I still haven't fully grasped all the ways I've changed while I've been away, but I know that nothing can begin to compare with my experience abroad, and I fully believe that everyone should make an effort to do any study abroad program they're interested in. - Providence College View Entire Review
I gained insight to who I am as a being while not only learning about Denmark but America as well. I enjoyed the classes and the culture and feeling like an adult. I was able push my boundaries and experience the world. - Pacific Lutheran University View Entire Review
I don't even know where to being. Definitely changed my perspective on the world, different cultures, and my own life and experiences in New Orleans. I don't think it altered my academic path or future plans, except for many more visits to Copenhagen in the future. - Tulane University 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)

Contact DIS

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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