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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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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
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
Yes---traveling was very rewarding and DIS does give you three weeks so that was very nice. Copenhagen is a beautiful, amazing city and I'm really glad that I studied there. Danish is difficult to learn and not necessary to learn because all Danish people speak English as well--so don't take Danish unless your university requi... - Hamilton College 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
Yes, definitely worthwhile - good life experience. - Tulane University View Entire Review
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
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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I would do it again in a second...I wish I were there for an entire year - University of Hartford 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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