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
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... Aaron Salm - 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. Robert Tudisco - 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. A student - 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... Justin Joseph - 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. Jacqueline - 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... A student - Muhlenberg College View Entire Review
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! A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
To not be embarrassed about not knowing things and to take risks! Yes. Kate Caldwell - University of Tennessee - Knoxville View Entire Review
Learned a lot from other people's experiences and stories. A student - Smith College View Entire Review
I learned that the world is much more complicated than one might realize, but that cultures and languages, no matter how different, can create a lot of unity and solidarity within the entire human race. I would have never done anything else regarding this program differently and would do it all over again if I had the chance. Wa... A student - University of Wisconsin - Madison View Entire Review
Yes A student - Connecticut College View Entire Review
Completely memorable and influential experience!! If I could, I would do the full year program. Juliana - University of Colorado - Boulder View Entire Review
I think my semester abroad gave me a better understanding of the world and myself. I became much more independent and confident in myself during my time abroad, but I also was able to meet people from all around the world and get to see the world from their perspectives. A student - Beloit College View Entire Review
I learned about myself, about other cultures, about my friends and I learned how to live in a new city. A student - Macalester College View Entire Review
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 Charlotte Burch - Pratt Institute View Entire Review
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 A student - 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. A student - Indiana University - Bloomington View Entire Review
A World Perspective A student - 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. Grace Marola - Hobart and William Smith Colleges View Entire Review
Yes. I learned a lot about other cultures Beth Green - 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! A student - Skidmore College View Entire Review
Extreemly worthwhile. Jami - Indiana University - Bloomington View Entire Review
It was worthwhile and I learned a lot about myself and other cultures. Erin Brown - College of Charleston View Entire Review
I learned so much about the world and myself. My time abroad was honestly isolating, and that forced me to think about the places I was going, the choices I was making. I had never been away from home for so long. Getting past homesickness and realising that my parents have no impact on and are largely not affected by my decisio... A student - Dickinson College View Entire Review
That the way we run things in America isn't the only way to run things. A student - Goucher 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.