DIS Copenhagen: Semester
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
Learned about the overall culture, the way of life through the eyes of Danes, and how to be more independent A student - Muhlenberg College View Entire Review
yes 1000000% worthwhile A student - University of Virginia View Entire Review
Friends! DIS is a well-oiled machine and a great organization. A student - Yale University View Entire Review
I learned so much about myself and that traveling is truly the most rewarding experience I have so far in life. I wish I could go back and do it again and again, I can't express how refreshing and eye-opening this experience was. A student - Dickinson College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about a different culture, and through this, a lot about my own culture. Kristen Regenauer - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I gained confidence in my ability to be self-sufficient, navigate foreign places and travel on my own. I was reminded of the things I take for granted. I had the time of my life and will always cherish my time abroad. A student - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself, the world and other people. It was a worthwhile experience that i'll remember forever. Elizana Joseph - University of Rochester View Entire Review
It was definitely worth while. I grew a lot as a person and gained new perspectives on a wide variety of topics and issues. And I made life long connections with new people and places. A student - American University View Entire Review
100% I needed a break from my home institution and experience a city University A student - Elon University View Entire Review
It was beyond worthwhile. It was an amazing and educational experience that allowed me to see much of the world. A student - Vanderbilt University View Entire Review
I gained a greater appreciation for nature and architecture. A student - Muhlenberg College View Entire Review
I learned how to live in a completely new environment and adjust by myself. I also got to learn about and work in the biomedicine hub that is Denmark. Jake Harris - University of Arkansas - Fayetteville View Entire Review
Before studying abroad, I had become comfortable and complacent to where my life was, and was not getting myself out of my comfort zone. Initially studying abroad was a complete shock to me and I felt so homesick and was second guessing my abilities to study abroad. I had wanted to study abroad for so long, so I made sure I trie... Audrey Paras - University of Redlands View Entire Review
I learned now to be alone with my-self and take care of myself in a foreign country. I also learned how to communicate with others, especially when they come from a different cultural background. A student - Macalester College View Entire Review
I learned how to be independent in life and travel A student - Bates College View Entire Review
gained new friends / knowledge Elizabeth - Dickinson College View Entire Review
Doing things solo can be the best way to have fun. Arkia Wynn - University of Rhode Island View Entire Review
It was definitely worthwhile (although very expensive). Because I lived with a homestay, I learned a lot about Danish culture, and about being willing to put yourself out there to make friends when you don't live in a dorm. A student - American University View Entire Review
How to function alone with no family members help in all types of foreign situations. A student - University of Colorado - Boulder View Entire Review
I was able to travel and be independent A student - Middlebury College View Entire Review
History, Culture, Language, Baking A student - Dickinson College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about the pharmaceutical industries. And yes it is very much worthwhile. Weipeng Shen - Knox College View Entire Review
I learned so much about politics abroad and how people perceive the US. It was worth while and it gave me a different perspective of how I feel America is to me. Nothing too crazy! But enough to question ideas and knowledge that I learned from the US. A student - University of Colorado - Boulder View Entire Review
I learned so much about the values of Danish people and especially how they see the world and themselves in the world. It was completely different from American culture which I was not expecting. It was definitely worth it and an eye opening experience. A student - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Greater independence Michael Yang - Middlebury College 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.
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.
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!
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
- Academic Year
Relevant Study Subject(s):
- Political Science and Government
- Danish Language and Literature
- Scandinavian Studies
- Design and Applied Arts
- Urban Studies
- Sustainability Studies
- Biology and Biomedical Sciences
- Human Development, Family Studies
- Housing and Human Environments
- Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies
- Environmental Studies
- Computer and Information Sciences
- 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)
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.