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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. Freedom of ... read more

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I learned how confident of an independent traveler I was. I also learned many new design skills because I had never taken those classes before. Completely worthwhile for academics and life skills. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
June 28, 2016 The Perfect City
How to be an adult - Washington University in Saint Louis View Entire Review
June 27, 2016 Jeg Savne Kobenhavn
The program really helped me to narrow down the field that I want to pursue a career in through my core course. Although I loved my other classes this alone made the entire semester worthwhile. - Wofford College View Entire Review
Europe is extremely different than the USA but similar. I really appreciated going to different countries and seeing their daily life. - Connecticut College View Entire Review
June 27, 2016 Incredible.
It was an amazing experience where you learn so much about other cultures. It - Southern Methodist University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with DIS Copenhagen: Semester
It was an amazing and eye-opening experience that really allowed me to find out who I am and want to be. I made amazing friends (Americans and Danes) and in general had a great time exploring and getting to know Copenhagen. - Cornell University View Entire Review
It definitely was worthwhile in that it taught me how to exist in a new place and be adaptable to change. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
June 21, 2016 When Can I Go Back?
It was definitely worthwhile. In the classroom, I learned a lot about economics of crime, economics of the environment and sustainable design. I really felt educated on and connected to Danish Culture. I was very lucky to have my particular housing set up (Socialt Kollegium), because I have made lifelong friends with the Danes o... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
June 21, 2016 Awesome Program!
I was taught how to be an adult. I was raised with others of very different backgrounds. It was the greatest experience I've ever had. - Wofford College View Entire Review
June 20, 2016 When Can I Go Back
SO worthwhile. Learned how to be a better traveler and international thinker. - University of Wisconsin - Madison View Entire Review
June 20, 2016 Challenging
Resilience - Franklin & Marshall College View Entire Review
Very worthwhile, learned loads about myself and my ideas. - Bates College View Entire Review
I learned to live on my own in a foreign country. Going to a program not knowing anyone and traveling Europe alone taught me a lot about myself. - Barnard College View Entire Review
Yes, it was worthwhile. For myself, I think I just learned that I can adapt to new environments. I feel more independent and have a more global perspective generally. It may sound weird, but until you go to a different continent, people from different parts of the world are just an idea. But you go to these places and learn that... - University of Minnesota - Twin Cities View Entire Review
I learned so much about being a more independent person. From planning travel trips by myself to learning my way around a new city, I'd say my time abroad was one of the most valuable experiences I have had in my life. - Beloit College View Entire Review
I gained an understanding and appreciation of another culture. I learned what public transportation can - and should - be. I made friends. I fell in love with a Dane. I ate new food. I sort of learned a new language. I got to travel to Denmark and other European countries. I learned about politics in Denmark. I gained a more bal... - Trinity University View Entire Review
June 27, 2016
- Trinity University View Entire Review
I gained international knowledge and a taste of a new culture. - Spelman College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with DIS Copenhagen: Semester
A new outlook at people, politics, the world, and life. You do come back a different person if you takes the opportunities given to you. - Trinity University View Entire Review
I learned about being an outsider in a foreign country and the value of listening. I also learned a lot about myself through pushing outside my comfort zone. - Scripps College View Entire Review
Very worthwhile. I learned a lot about myself, what I enjoy doing, what is important to me, what I value in people, how America is perceived by Europeans, and how America is different from Europe. - Cornell University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with DIS Copenhagen: Semester
Biggest gain from abroad experience: I learned not to stress out when unexpected things happen. - St. Catherine University View Entire Review
I learned a lot about various forms of renewable energy, waste management, sustainable development, and what it means to live in a welfare state (it's awesome!). I learned that I am able to navigate places on my own (without data!) where I don't speak the language or know my way around, but I prefer to do so with others who have... - Olin College View Entire Review
I learned how to live independently. I learned a lot about socialism and living in a different culture. I learned in my classes and I gained some great new friends. It was worthwhile. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Stuff - Rice 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. 

Freedom of Choice 

Pursue your academic and personal goals abroad. Build your semester by choosing a core course from 24 academic programs, and select from over 250 upper-level elective courses. Your freedom of choice extends to your housing, where you apply to living arrangements that best fit you. 

Academic Excellence 

Academics at DIS are intellectually stimulating, with courses designed to further your knowledge within your chosen field and inspire intercultural awareness. Challenge yourself to examine issues from different perspectives, raise questions, and debate complex topics through analysis, research, and reflection. Many courses focus on contemporary burning issues; terrorism, migration, economic turmoil, climate change, human rights, and other current topics inspire discussions in the classroom. 

Experiential Learning 

Theory-based courses with a focus on practice through hands-on learning experiences include field studies, guest lectures, flipped classrooms, practicums, real-life case studies, student research labs, simulation exercises, skill-building workshops, studios, projects with professional critiques, presentations, and showcases. In addition, 
you have the opportunity to pursue independent research based 
on your passion. 

Europe as Your Classroom 

During the semester, you travel with your core course on two course-integrated, faculty-led study tours. These connect you with professionals in the field, as well as locals, who add new cultural perspectives to your understanding of course topics. Core Course Week consists of a study tour in Denmark or a neighboring country, combined with a two-day seminar in Copenhagen. Your core course then travels on a Week-Long Study Tour to a relevant European destination. 

Faculty Who Teach What They Do 

DIS faculty bring real-life expertise from their field into the classroom. Most work as professionals in the areas they teach, giving you access to resources and networks in Copenhagen and on study tour – such as researchers, health professionals, communication consultants, European politicians, innovative business leaders, cutting-edge architects and designers, entrepreneurs, ground-breaking activists, fascinating historians… and the list goes on! 

Supportive Environment 

DIS offers academic and student support resources that focus on you as an individual, giving you a foundation upon which to grow during your time abroad. Throughout the semester, online writing help, academic databases, and academic counselling are available to you. Outside of your academics, the DIS Care Team supports your personal well-being by providing student services to help you develop strategies to make the most of your semester. 

Cultural Engagement Options 

Whether you live in a Homestay, take a Danish Language and Culture course, volunteer at Studenterhuset (Copenhagen’s student union), play on a local sports team, or meet your Visiting Hosts for a Danish smørrebrød lunch; your learning will take place beyond the classroom. Our goal is to help you depart from your semester having built a network and friendships.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Political Science and Government
  • Philosophy
  • Literature
  • History
  • Danish Language and Literature
  • Scandinavian Studies
  • Design and Applied Arts
  • Urban Studies
  • Sociology
  • Sustainability Studies
  • Biology and Biomedical Sciences
  • Human Development, Family Studies
  • Housing and Human Environments
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies
  • Architecture
  • Environmental Studies
  • Computer and Information Sciences
  • Psychology
  • International Business
  • European Studies
  • Communication and Media Studies
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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 . 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: April 1 Spring: October 1 Summer: March 1

1. Sections 1-3 of the application, completed 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.

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.


March 1st (summer), April 1st (fall/year), or October 1st (spring)

Applicants must submit the following via email to dis@umn.edu with the subject line “Anders Uhrskov Leadership Scholarship Application." Please include the following information in your email: Name Major Home university Semester or summer of enrollment at DIS (e.g. spring semester 2015) 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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