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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, very worthwhile! Denmark is different in a good way. It took awhile for this to sink in. DIS study experience is more a keystone realization of another, valid world of ideas, values and people. - University of North Carolina - Charlotte View Entire Review
Past Review Life Changing!
Able to travel alone, meet new people, test myself in new situations, be mature and responsible. - Providence College View Entire Review
I gained a more well rounded / international perspective about the way people see the world. Also, I now better understand the cultures differences between the attitudes of Americans versus Danes. - Tulane University View Entire Review
Every moment was worth it. It is incredible to think of my time living in Copenhagen, experiencing the culture, meeting new people, and adapting to the European way of life. I gained travel experience, confidence, appreciation for the simple things, new friendships, a brighter outlook on the future and over all I think I reall... - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
Past Review Great Academics
Yes - Tulane University View Entire Review
Past Review Family For Life!
Gained insight into myself, gained friends for life, and learned about other cultures more than even just Denmark. VERY WORTHWHILE! - Austin College View Entire Review
I gained so much confidence when I went abroad. I traveled for the most part on my own and decided to make it a semester of me. I did what I wanted, went where I wanted to go and explored whenever I felt like it. I returned to the US knowing myself better and with a greater understanding of what I wanted to do with my education ... - American University View Entire Review
It was definitely worth it. I learned to be more confident in myself. It helped me to realize that I do want to follow on the career I am on. - Randolph College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with DIS - Danish Institute for Study Abroad: Copenhagen - Various Programs
I learned so many things inside and outside the classroom. My core course in Medical Practice and Policy confirmed my decision to pursue medicine as a career. I learned how to navigate a city and public transportation by myself, as well as, branching out and meeting a variety of other students. The experience was something I ... - University of North Dakota View Entire Review
I learned a lot about what I wanted out of life and how I fit into the world. I am now on a completely different path than I was before I studied abroad, and I owe part of that to my experience at DIS. It definitely taught me some very worthwhile life lessons. - Macalester College View Entire Review
Living in Copenhagen is entirely different from living here. I miss walking or taking trains/buses everywhere and seeing the people everywhere. I learned so much from my core course (Human Health and Disease) and other courses, and was able to travel more regularly than I ever dreamed possible. I wish I could go back - University of California - San Diego View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with DIS - Danish Institute for Study Abroad: Copenhagen - Various Programs
Going to DIS really changed my life! I realized how much I flourished being in an international environment and even decided to change my original career path to one in international education. There is just something about this program and the city of Copenhagen that you can't find anywhere else. It truly is a magical place and... - Elon University View Entire Review
I learned so much about myself and about pushing my personal boundaries. It was absolutely worthwhile because now I am back in Copenhagen working for DIS and couldn't be happier! - University of Vermont View Entire Review
This is a tough one to sum up, but here it goes. I learned a lot about myself and who I want to be as a grown responsible member of society. I also learned that America isn't the only cool place on Earth, and other people live very different lives but are still very happy. To me Denmark is the utopia I wish we could have here... - Villanova University View Entire Review
Past Review Incomplete
I learned that "the happiest people on earth" is a hilarious facade maintained by Denmark to ensure that their tourism industry thrives. I understand now why the Nordic countries have such a high suicide rate. - Providence College View Entire Review
I learned so much about a culture with which I had previously been extemely unfamiliar. I felt so immersed in the culture by the end of my study abroad experience. All of the traveling that you do as a part of your program gave me the knowledge and confidence to do independent travel after the program. Copenhagen is an incred... - University of Rochester View Entire Review
There's no way I could describe all the things I gained/learned from my experience in Copenhagen in this one tiny box. It was absolutely worthwhile and I would do it again in a heartbeat. - Tulane University View Entire Review
I learned a lot of about my own culture, Europe, and a lot about myself. I even fell in love! It was an amazing experience, and I wish I could've stayed longer! - Tulane University View Entire Review
Past Review Hygge
I was able to have more hands on a practical experience in my field that I ever would at an American college. There was a great variety of classes. - Villanova University View Entire Review
It was fantastic. I became more independent and I met like-minded individuals. - Mount Holyoke College View Entire Review
Past Review Hyggelig!
Everything... I'm a completely different person and I don't think any person would argue with that. I appreciate life, love, friendships, family, everything so much more than ever before. It truly made me look at my life and where my future is headed in a new light. - Philadelphia University View Entire Review
Independence, comfort living in a foreign culture (not just traveling, but really living), a solid understanding of my future career path through the classes I took, some of my best friends, and a Danish family for life! - Pacific Lutheran University View Entire Review
Where to start... Independence, how to work in a group setting, how to conduct research, how to travel/navigating a European city, European perspective on business, politics, history, interviewing skills, time management, etc. Worthwhile - uh, for sure - DePauw University View Entire Review
Studying at DIS was definitely a life-changing experience! The effects of my time at DIS have been long lasting. I would like to think I am a braver, bolder, more independent person after spending a semester abroad in Copenhagen. And while any semester abroad is an eye-opening way to experience the world, a semester at DIS co... - Whittier College View Entire Review
I got to see Germany, Sweden, Austra, England and Russia during my time with DIS, all while feeling really connected to Copenhagen itself. It was exactly what I wanted. - University of Richmond 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
Politics & Security
Prostitution & the Sex Trade
Public Health
Terrorism & Security
Urban Studies

Create Your Own Semester
Choose a core course from 27 academic programs and select from over 240 upper-level elective courses. Your freedom of choice extends to your housing, where you apply for living arrangements that best fit you.

Engage in High Impact Courses
Learn how concepts and issues are perceived, lived, and theorized in Europe, and reflect on the cultural norms and values that shape you.

Build Your Knowledge in New Settings
Turn Copenhagen into your classroom on local Field Studies. Hone your skills in research or labs, studio, practicum, or workshops.

Explore Europe on Study Tour
Travel with your class and faculty on two course-integrated Study Tours in Europe.

Follow Your Curiosity with Exploration Electives
Engage in hands-on and interactive Exploration Electives, which include additional international travel at no extra cost.

Get to Know the Locals
Live in a Homestay, join a local club or organization, sign up for a Danish Language and Culture course, attend evening seminars, and more.

Join an Inclusive Student Community
Explore, discuss, debate, and reflect in a welcoming and supportive learning environment.

Seek Support When You Need It
Our Academic Support and Care Teams are on site to support your personal and academic well-being. 

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.