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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 how to be independent, and I got to experience all different cultures while abroad. I was able to visit 10 different countries in the four months. - Providence College View Entire Review
I learned much about the health care systems of Europe. It was definitely a worthwhile experience. I now have a greater appreciation for the health care and the culture of the United States. I feel refreshed and inspired to continue my college career. - Providence College View Entire Review
Past Review Pretty Good
Independence. Yes. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned to take care of myself in a foreign country where I didn't speak the language. I felt much more confident, especially in my ability to figure things out for myself and navigate a new city. I gained new international friends through my housing and American friends through my classes. - Providence College View Entire Review
I became more independent and loved the experience of living in a European capital city. Copenhagen is a wonderful city to live in. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned that it is surprisingly easy to adapt to a new culture and environment. The experience made me confident in my ability to live anywhere and be able to assimilate to my surroundings. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I absolutely loved my experience abroad. Living in Copenhagen, meeting students from many places, and travelling was incredible and something I would never trade. I wasn't thrilled with the DIS program, but my other experiences and the friends I made definitely made up for it. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I liked having the opportunity to take what we had learned in class and apply it to the real world with study tours. Visiting other countries with my core class was an amazing experience. It was worthwhile for the reason that I was able to learn more and different things than I have at home. I like learning and experiencing othe... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
As cheesy as it sounds, being abroad really opened up my eyes to life outside of America and my college bubble. If possible, I think every person should go abroad, and Copenhagen will forever hold a special place in my heart. It's easy to immerse in Danish culture, and before you know it, it'll feel like home. - Swarthmore College View Entire Review
amazing travel experiences, great culture, incredible learning experiences outside of the classroom, poor academic standards and teachers - Tufts University View Entire Review
Learned how to be independent. Definitely worthwhile! - Barnard College View Entire Review
Past Review Tak Kobenhavn!
Incredibly worthwhile trip. Most importantly, gained a new appreciation for a different area of the world. Denmark was incredible, I highly recommend studying here. Great place to visit but better place to live. - Providence College View Entire Review
This was honestly the best experience I have ever had in my life so far. I made lasting friendships. I gained a second family. I learned to be more confident in who I am as a personal and also more self-reliant. I learned how to live a happy, cozy life by just cutting out a lot of unneeded stress (this is called hygge in Danish)... - Trinity University View Entire Review
Learned about a new culture. extremely worthwhile - Villanova University View Entire Review
My experience abroad was definitely worthwhile! It exceeded my expectations and I am so incredibly grateful for my time spent in Denmark. It is such a fascinating country to live in for a semester. During my time in Denmark I challenged myself and was forced to think differently. I saw myself, America, academics, travel, and oth... - Providence College View Entire Review
I adored the city of Copenhagen and ended up making lifelong friends. I saw so much of the world and experienced so many different cultures - it was truly the most eye opening experience I've ever had that I will remember and cherish for the rest of my life. I was more independent than I've ever been in my entire life - I lear... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
It was a great experience to learn about yourself and become a new peson. I learned so much about Denmark, and even America! I made new friendships that will last a long time and saw countries and city that I never thought I would get the opportunity to! It was completely worthwhile, and I wish I could relive it again and again!... - Providence College View Entire Review
Definitely worthwhile. I wanted to study abroad because I wanted to travel and I definitely accomplished that. DIS provides a lot of opportunity to travel. In addition I made friends from all around the US which is a very cool thing. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about how people in other cultures - especially the Danish culture - live. And the Danish culture is very different from the American so it made for some interesting observations. It was definitely worthwhile to study abroad. - Fordham University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with DIS - Danish Institute for Study Abroad: Copenhagen - Various Programs
I had a lot of valuable cultural experiences while traveling in Europe. It may not change a person's view on certain things but it opens up the opportunity for it. I learned more about what I want to do with my life and that I would be comfortable traveling with my job. It was so so worthwhile. It was an unbelievable semester an... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
This experience was absolutely amazing. Denmark is an wonderful place, DIS is an incredible program, and I met such great people. I traveled ALL over Europe, played for a Danish soccer team, made lasting bonds with my host family, and truly learned to appreciate and love the Danish culture. I gained an entirely new perspective o... - Bucknell University View Entire Review
Learned about myself, what I wanted to do with my life, how others are dealing with. Great time for introspective reflection right before graduation. - Northwestern University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with DIS - Danish Institute for Study Abroad: Copenhagen - Various Programs
Past Review Hyggelig
I learned that I am capable of exploring a city on my own and being independent. - University of Hartford View Entire Review
The teachers were amazing and I loved the Danish style of learning which is a lot more interactive and hands on. I was able to work in an actual mental health center and have my input valued. I was also give the opportunity to present a marketing plan to the heads of H&M marketing at the H&M headquarters and present advertising ... - Trinity University View Entire Review
Past Review Bropenhagen
They although we all actually a lot similar across countries than I thought. People behaved very similar to people back home, general mannerisms among people are pretty uniform globally. - Trinity 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
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 and Related Services
  • 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.