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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 actually became a lot more conscious of issues regarding sexuality. - Trinity University View Entire Review
I learned that European modern Welfare state systems produced much less social inequality than the neoliberal state system of the U.S. - Trinity University View Entire Review
YES YES YES YES YES BEST SEMESTER POSSIBLE. - Tufts University View Entire Review
I'm glad I went, but I wouldn't want to go back, at least not for an extended period of time. - Grinnell College 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 have a better idea of where I want to go with my studeis, and what parts of the world I can work in. - Trinity University View Entire Review
Yes. I want to go back to Europe!!! The time I spent in Denmark and in Europe solidified my beliefs about myself and about America. It challenged my independence but also allowed me to create relationships with people that I know will continue. - Trinity University View Entire Review
It was incredibly worthwhile! I grew as a human and feel so much more awake. I appreciate my life and aspects of my life more than I did before. My experience didn't change my future plans or academic interests, but it did often peak my interest in the differences between the criminal justice system of Denmark and the US. - Pacific Lutheran University View Entire Review
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


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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