DIS Copenhagen: Summer

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Why study at DIS this summer? Experience Scandinavia and Europe as the locals do with cultural and hands-on learning inside and outside the classroom.Opportunities to Mix and Match SessionsBuild your own unique study abroad experience - stay for o... read more

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My time abroad allowed me to become more independent. This was the first time I had been abroad by myself and I was a little nervous for it. But as soon as I got there, I was greeted by DIS staff that was friendly and made the transition easy. - Trinity University View Entire Review
I learned to appreciate the culture and enjoy the day as it comes rather than trying to figure out the future constantly. Danes like hygge, which can be understood as comfort, and it was very apparent in the city and the way people acted. There were blankets on every chair in an open cafe and there was no sense of rushing to eve... - Trinity University View Entire Review
July 10, 2017 The Best Six Weeks
I think studying abroad is just a priceless experience. It was worthwhile to me. - University of Georgia View Entire Review
September 06, 2016 A Really Good Summer
I gained a lot of independence. - Trinity University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with DIS Copenhagen: Summer
It was definitely a worthwhile experience. I really learned how to push myself out of my comfort zone and I think this experience really helped me solidify who I am. - Indiana University - Bloomington View Entire Review
I gained an appreciation for Danish culture and a greater understanding about the benefits of urban planning and mental health programs. - University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill View Entire Review
I learned that Denmark is perfect and Copenhagen is one of my favorite cities in the world. It was most definitely worth it. - University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with DIS Copenhagen: Summer
Studying abroad, especially at DIS, was definitely worthwhile. I got to take interesting courses in a beautiful country with new friends from all over the States. I learned how to navigate living and travelling in a foreign country, stick to a budget, cook for myself, and challenge myself to make the most of my time in Copenhage... - Trinity University View Entire Review
I learned how to travel with ease, how to be open minded to new opportunities, and how to completely relax and enjoy an experience. - Purdue University View Entire Review
I gained a much larger perspective on the differences in culture and how other people live. My life is forever changed by this trip and it was certainly worthwhile - Purdue University View Entire Review
I learned new perspectives on life and how to be more independent. Yes, very worthwhile. - Indiana University - Bloomington View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with DIS Copenhagen: Summer
I learned to be SO much more independent. I got lost almost everyday (I'm not very good with directions) but every day was an adventure. I learned to laugh at my mistakes and look at the good in every day instead of the bad. When I would get lost, I would find something exciting on this new journey instead of becoming anxious ... - Central Michigan University View Entire Review
Studying abroad was worthwhile. Meeting new people has given me a different perspective on the world and has really challenged me to think critically. Traveling with new friends and by myself during the program really helped me strengthen my skill sets, grow as a person and increase my confidence. - Rochester Institute of Technology View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself and was also very inspired by the Danish culture. It was definitely worth while - Trinity University View Entire Review
July 13, 2017 Copenhagen
I felt like a full blown adult. I was able to take care of myself and get around in a completely new city. I was able to explore different sides of myself in a completely new setting. - Trinity University View Entire Review
September 16, 2016 My Review
I feel that I gained insight into Danish cultural identity and have a better understanding of the unique position of Scandinavian countries within Europe. - University of British Columbia View Entire Review
It was worthwhile. - Macalester College View Entire Review
I gained a greater knowledge of the field that I am choosing to pursue after college, and I also learned more about the types of modern research that I want to perform during my undergraduate years. - University of Arkansas - Fayetteville View Entire Review
Yes it was worthwhile - North Carolina State University / NC State View Entire Review
It was definitely worthwhile. I made very good friends with other students from different universities as we explored the depths of Copenhagen. I had the opportunity to travel to other counties and within Denmark. - Purdue University View Entire Review
August 08, 2016 Can I Go Back Now?
I learned how to be more independent than I have ever been. I loved learning about Danish culture and life! - Wake Forest University View Entire Review
It was very worthwhile. It was amazing to have the incredible experience of studying abroad in Denmark. - University of New Hampshire View Entire Review
August 04, 2016 The Place In My Memory
I came into contact with great design that I could only witness in that part of the world, which was amazing. I challenged myself in navigating a whole new city and filling my days with new experiences. I talked with people and made a couple of sweet friendships. It was worthwhile. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
August 01, 2016 Copenhagen Summer
Learned more about my love for traveling and learning. It was very worthwhile. - Fordham University View Entire Review
I was opened up to new people, culture, landscape, food, and way of life and by the end I wanted to stay forever. - Ohio State University - Columbus View Entire Review


Why study at DIS this summer? 
Experience Scandinavia and Europe as the locals do with cultural and hands-on learning inside and outside the classroom.

Opportunities to Mix and Match Sessions
Build your own unique study abroad experience - stay for one session or create a complementary summer package by adding sessions together at DIS Copenhagen, Stockholm, or both.

One Summer, Two Cities
If you take advantage of studying at both DIS locations, transport between Copenhagen and Stockholm is organized by DIS at no extra cost! 

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

Experiential Learning
DIS faculty teach what they do, bringing theory to life by sharing real-life experiences and cases, and expanding your network with local field studies and guest lectures.

Course Choose
Choose from over 70 courses that allow you to build your resume, network with experts in the field, and explore Europe through an academic lens.

Course-Integrated Study Tours
Europe will be your classroom when on Week-Long Study Tours during Sessions 2,3, and 4. Study tours further contextualize your understanding of topics while in a relevant European destination.

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

No Hidden Costs
Tuition includes housing, study tours, field studies, textbooks, local commuting costs, transportation between DIS locations, and an Arrival Workshop. 

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Summer
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Urban Studies
  • Sustainability Studies
  • Sociology
  • Scandinavian Studies
  • Public Health
  • Political Science and Government
  • Neurobiology, Neurosciences
  • Medicine
  • Literature
  • International Relations
  • History
  • Fashion / Apparel Design
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • Education
  • Design and Applied Arts
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Human Development, Family Studies
  • Business
  • Biology and Biomedical Sciences
  • Architecture
  • Psychology
  • 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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