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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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June 06, 2016 Unbelievable
It was beyond worthwhile. It was an amazing and educational experience that allowed me to see much of the world. - Vanderbilt University View Entire Review
I gained a greater appreciation for nature and architecture. - 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. - 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... - University of Redlands View Entire Review
I leave Denmark with a real understanding that the American way of life is only one way of doing things amongst a wide swath of cultures who have completely different standards. American life is so dominant that it can be easy to overlook the fact that other people lead happy and fufilling lives according to a completely differ... - Kenyon College View Entire Review
You learn how to be alone. You learn how to embrace being uncomfortable. You learn how to enjoy life, and see that there is so much more to the world than what you are accustomed to. It was definitely worth while. If a student can go abroad, there is no reason besides fear itself why they shouldn't go. - The College of Wooster View Entire Review
I am a much better cook! I can navigate foreign cities and decipher foreign language signs. I know I can move to a country without a single friend and leave having made a community. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Being abroad allowed me to pick up more skills so that I could become self-sustainable--I learned how to cook, budget my money (traveling to other countries, food, etc.), and live simply. Most importantly, this experience has allowed me to become much more confident in myself in terms of speaking in class and sharing my opinions... - Pomona College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself and what I can endure when I am basically on my own, I also learned about a culture, people, and a new city that I can call another home of mine. It was definitely worthwhile. - University of Wisconsin - Madison View Entire Review
Yes! I learned how to adapt to living in a city I was thrown into. I learned how to travel (how to plan and how to explore cities.) I learned so many random things about myself from putting myself in the "real world" and not a college campus setting. I learned about another culture and another form of running society. DIS provid... - Muhlenberg College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with DIS Copenhagen: Semester
I gained a huge amount of independence, confidence in myself and my abilities, and I learned to take advantage of opportunities presented to me. Of course it was worthwhile! - Brandeis University View Entire Review
May 31, 2016 Danish Dream
To not be embarrassed about not knowing things and to take risks! Yes. - University of Tennessee - Knoxville View Entire Review
Learned a lot from other people's experiences and stories. - Smith 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. - University of Colorado - Boulder View Entire Review
June 06, 2016 Cozy Copenhagen
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. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Greater independence - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Coming to Copenhagen was such a wonderful decision. It opened my eyes to entire world of architecture and design, new friends, travel opportunities and a peek at a unique culture. - University of Colorado - Boulder View Entire Review
June 06, 2016 Wonderful
I learned about myself, about other cultures, about my friends and I learned how to live in a new city. - Macalester College View Entire Review
June 06, 2016 Eye Opening
I gained a new perspective on what it means to be an American, a new understanding of adapting to different cultures, and a whole new outlooks and appreciation for design throughout the Scandinavia - Pratt Institute View Entire Review
June 05, 2016 Wake Up Call
travelled throughout europe a lot, got to visit cities I've always wanted to go to and others I didn't even know existed learned more about midwifery and reproductive health - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Learned what full independence is. How to navigate any situation, anywhere. How to make uncomfortable situations comfortable. A small bit of corporate finance. - Indiana University - Bloomington View Entire Review
June 01, 2016 Amazing
A World Perspective - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I really got a good look at another culture. Living with a host family allowed me to be involved in the culture first hand. It was wonderful to experience so many new places and learn to think and understand other peoples points of view. - Hobart and William Smith Colleges View Entire Review
May 31, 2016 Awesome!
Yes. I learned a lot about other cultures - Barnard College View Entire Review
I learned how to an adapt to a completely different environment, how to interact with a different culture, and to how to challenge myself in a whole new way. It was very worthwhile! - Skidmore 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. 

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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