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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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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
I was in interior architecture foundations and it was a great intro to design school. it was very challenging but very rewarding - The College of William and Mary View Entire Review
I definitely grew in confidence of who I am.. I learned to be independent and more confident in my choices. Europe is a whole new place and I think studying abroad is a very eye opening experience to see that there is more out there. Very great people who all speak English and are willing to help you if you need it. - Kansas State University View Entire Review
Yes! It was nice to get to know a different culture, and Copenhagen was an awesome city. - Tulane University View Entire Review
The most important quality I gained in Denmark is open-mindedness. I learned to be more receptive to a foreign culture, as opposed to sticking to my comfort zone. - Carleton College View Entire Review
Yes. It was a great way to see Europe. - Carleton College View Entire Review
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yes - Carleton College View Entire Review
Absolutely - University of Arkansas - Fayetteville View Entire Review
yes - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Yes. - Tulane University View Entire Review
I feel more aware of what is going on throughout the world. I also feel a great pride towards Denmark - Villanova University 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
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Studying in Denmark was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I have become a more confidence and independent individual. I made great friends that I know I will keep in touch with. I also gained an appreciation for different cultures. - Providence College View Entire Review
I've been taught cultural differences and stuff over the years, but you don't really get a good understanding and grasp of what these differences might really feel like until you spend plenty of time in another culture seeing all the similarities and differences. I've also really enjoyed learning the history of another country a... - Kansas State University View Entire Review
I had never been outside of the country before going to Denmark. I treated my stay there as a gateway into other EU countries and one non-EU country, Russia. I experienced incredible cultures and customs. I still plan on going to medical school, but the introduction to the medical field that I received from DIS will be very bene... - Grinnell College View Entire Review
Yes it was worthwhile. It satisfied my academic/intellectual interests (urban studies). It provided a good break from the stressful environment at Wellesley and gave me a good perspective moving forward. I also value my travel experience in Europe very much. Opened my eyes to a lot of things and will serve as a source of inspira... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Absolutely. I learned another language and completely immersed myself in a new country. - Carleton College View Entire Review
So worth while, wish I could go back. - Trinity University View Entire Review
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Yes. - Grinnell College View Entire Review
- Tufts University View Entire Review
I got to see the world from a whole new perspective. I think it made me become a more open person in general. I definitely feel more cultural, and I know that I want to travel around Europe more in the future (when I have a real job and money). My academic interests have changed slightly but my future plan is still the same. ... - Villanova University View Entire Review
Absolutely. - Tulane 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.