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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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I learned a lot about how a socialist society works. I realized that they have the society they do because it is a country of only 6 million people, a number smaller than the population of almost half of the U.S. states. It was definitely worthwhile to visit a country that was very different from the U.S. in some ways, but simil... - Miami University View Entire Review
More confidence and independence, as well as flexibility when it comes to making plans or adjusting to changes. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Loved the friends that I made, living in a new city and getting to know the neighborhood, trying local foods, getting around on bikes and public transport, ability to travel - Wellesley College View Entire Review
May 13, 2019 Enlightening
I learned that the world isn't always a great place but if you have some people that are passionate about change, there is potential to make it better. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Definitely worthwhile, honestly don't know how many tangible things I learned just because I am already an international student. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
It did broaden my world perspective, but in a very painful way. Did I learn a lot? Yes. Was it material that I wanted to learn, or that has improved the overall wellness of my life? Absolutely not. - Brown University View Entire Review
It was! I learned that people really do operate differently in different cultures. In Denmark, emotions are something very personal. It’s weird to say how are you to someone, even a friend. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned the world is larger than the United States. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
February 02, 2019 Average Semester
i learned how to schedule and execute my own travel itineraries and how to live in an apartment and cook - Middlebury College View Entire Review
A stronger sense of independence, a different reason to love my major, good friends, a Danish family to visit, new cool sights that I saw. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
January 27, 2019 Copenhagen Is Great!
I gained a lot of personal experience being on my own and traveling and exploring a new city. It was extremely worthwhile. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
While I was not particularly academically challenged, this experience far exceeded my other expectations. I learned that I am comfortable meeting new people and exploring unfamiliar cities. I surprised myself with my ability to navigate on my own. I learned how to cook for myself. Overall, my study abroad experience was incredib... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Studying abroad allowed me to grow independently and explore subjects and places that I wouldn't otherwise be able to. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned so much from this experience, from how to navigate public transportation to gaining a new perspective through a European lens. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about the culture of Denmark, Scandinavia and Europe as a whole, and living in another country taught me a lot about what I like and what I would like to change in America. It was absolutely worthwhile and I would do it again in a heartbeat. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Learned how to manage time and plan better. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I gained another loving family (my host family) and the knowledge of another country that I could love to visit again. I know way more about Denmark than I would have if I went to another country. I have found another home and I cannot wait to go back. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learnt to live alone in a completely foreign country. I made amazing friends - Wellesley College View Entire Review
My experience was definitely worthwhile in my architectural exposure outside of class and through forcing myself to expand by going abroad at all. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
i learned how to travel, about living in a city away from anything that i was comfortable with - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I gained a ton more independence and confidence in myself. I also learned a lot of new cultural information, gained a plethora of new skills (hard and soft), and acquired lifelong friends. Everything was immensely worthwhile. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned what other parts of the world are like and got invaluable experiences. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Very worthwhile. Learned a lot about myself and how to live independently as well as meet new people. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
A lot. I personally got a lot of relevant experience in things I cared about which was great. I was also forcibly put in alien social situations, which was a good push for me personally, and I think it helped me grow a lot as a consequence. For me, it was definitely worth my time and worth spending a semester. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
A new understanding of culture, a new family and new friends, as well as a new perspective on a field that I love very much - Brandeis 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. 

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

Pursue your Academic and Personal Goals
Choose a core course from 28 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):
  • Communication and Media Studies
  • European Studies
  • International Business
  • Psychology
  • Environmental Studies
  • Architecture
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies
  • Housing and Human Environments
  • Human Development, Family Studies
  • Biology and Biomedical Sciences
  • Sustainability Studies
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies
  • Design and Applied Arts
  • Computer and Information Sciences
  • Scandinavian Studies
  • Danish Language and Literature
  • History
  • Literature
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science and Government
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Entrepreneurial and Small Business
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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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