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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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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
June 20, 2016 Educational
It was worthwhile, I learned a lot about myself and my comfort zone. - Muhlenberg College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with DIS Copenhagen: Semester
I gained perspective about how americans are viewed by from other countries. I also gained a lot of knowledge about the workings of the EU and the refugee crisis that is going on. I also learned so much from the classes I took and the friends I made. I learned how I portray myself and how that can be taken in different ways base... - University of Wisconsin - Madison View Entire Review
Living on my own and navigating my way around a city, I definitely became more independent and felt more "grown up" by the time I returned to the US. I also discovered a passion for architecture and design -- something the Danes do very well -- and plan to pursue a career in that. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
The amount of travel I was able to do was incomparable. - Bucknell University View Entire Review
That how we live life in America is a choice - Providence College View Entire Review
June 14, 2016 Go To Copenhagen
I learned about myself and about how to live with those who do not have the same background as myself. - Harvard University View Entire Review
Yes, it expanded my understanding of other cultures and my knowledge of the subjects I took courses in. - Bowdoin College 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. - Macalester College View Entire Review
I learned how to be independent in life and travel - Bates 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
Traveling and studying abroad is what you make of it. If you want to meet locals you can. If you make no effort to, though, you won't! - Bradley University View Entire Review
I learned that Danes are not friendly, close minded, conservative with respect to people of other races, and overly concerned with immigrants, particularly Muslim immigrants. It was worthwhile in that it opened my eyes to racism and Islamaphobia. - Hamilton College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with DIS Copenhagen: Semester
My core course was Positive Psychology and study that in Copenhagen gave me a new perspective on everything. I realize how vast the world is and how valuable making precious memories are. Being abroad taught me to be mindful, grateful, and aware of my surroundings, which is something that I have brought back home with me. When p... - University of Redlands View Entire Review
I learned a lot about the universal welfare state and how growing up in a place where you don't have to worry so much about healthcare, violence, rights, poverty, etc. influences the culture. I think it was extremely worthwhile and it helped me gain such an appreciation for the culture and the general way of thinking that exists... - University of Minnesota - Twin Cities View Entire Review
GO ABROAD. You'll learn way more doing that (not necessarily in class) than you would at your home uni for another semester. - Bucknell University View Entire Review
I gained a lot more independence and self acceptance, which is one of the most beneficial lessons I've learned, ever. - University of Colorado - Boulder View Entire Review
Learned about the overall culture, the way of life through the eyes of Danes, and how to be more independent - Muhlenberg College View Entire Review
yes 1000000% worthwhile - University of Virginia 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
Global Economics
Graphic Design
Innovation & Entrepreneurship
International Business
Justice & Human Rights
Medical Practice & Policy
Prostitution & the Sex Trade 
Public Health
Urban Studies

Pursue your Academic and Personal Goals
Choose a core course from 25 academic programs and select from over 250 upper-level elective courses. Your freedom of choice extends to your housing, where you apply for living arrangements that best fit you.

Academic Excellence
Intellectually stimulating courses challenge you to examine issues from various perspectives, as you debate, play, research, analyze, and reflect on contemporary topics and burning issues. 

Experiential Learning
With an emphasis on hands-on learning experiences, you have opportunities to simulate real-life scenarios, make connections, and build your resume. 

Europe as Your Classroom
Take your classroom on the road with two course-integrated, faculty-led study tours with your core course! Visit important sites and meet with local experts who add cultural perspectives to your knowledge of the field. 

Faculty Who Teach What They Do
Most faculty work as professionals in the areas they teach, bringing theory to life by sharing real-world examples in the classroom. 

Supportive Environment
Academic counseling and personal support resources are available to you during your time abroad, providing you a solid foundation upon which to grow.

Cultural Learning
In your courses, you focus on the importance of cultural context and are exposed to how issues are perceived, lived, and theorized in Europe. It is also your chance to reflect on the cultural norms and values that shape you.

Meet the Locals
Living in a Homestay, signing up for a sports team, taking a Danish Language and Culture course, or attending evening seminar are among the ways to build your international network and meet the locals. 

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Entrepreneurial and Small Business
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • 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 (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.


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