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Copenhagen, Denmark

Danish Institute for Study Abroad

At a Glance

Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) is a Danish non-profit study abroad institution in Copenhagen with semester, academic year, and summer programs taught in English. Established in 1959, DIS offers American students engaging and challenging coursework enriched by field studies, hands-on learning opportunities, and study tours in Denmark and across Europe. Cultural engagement opportunities integrate students into Danish culture and students gain academic knowledge and intercultural skills to prepare themselves for a globalized world. DIS students are usually undergraduate juniors or seniors.

Program Term  

Spring Semester: mid January to mid May

Fall Semester: mid August to mid December December

Summer: Session dates vary

Language Requirement

None; courses are taught in English


DIS offers courses and programs of the highest quality, involving interactive and cooperative learning processes, leadership training, individual and team-based research, experiential learning through course-integrated field studies, Optional and Program Study Tours, and housing options that ensure that students live with the Danes.

Areas of Study

Architecture and Design, Business, Child Development, Communications, Humanities, Neuroscience, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health, Sociology, Sustainability


All students studying through DIS are guaranteed housing. Housing options include homestay, Living and Learning Community (LLC), Kolegium (residence with students from other institutions) and Residential Community. All students attending the DIS program will have to commute by bike, bus, train, and/or metro.

Student Life

DIS takes a holistic approach to having students meet Danes and help build strong frienships and networks. Involve yourself in the many cultural opportunities offered to you while studying at DIS, and find out who the Danes really are across a variety of contexts. Pursue a passion and join a club or sports team with friendly Copenhageners, exchange cultural perspectives with a visiting family, stop by Studenterhuset (the student union) for a game of foosball, give back to the community by volunteering, form lifelong friendships in the and learn to speak some Danish with a Danish Language and Culture course.


DIS is located in the center of medieval Copenhagen, the capital city of Denmark with a population of 1.25 million. Copenhagen is home to the main universities and research libraries in the country; parliament, government, and European Union agencies; renowned art collections; the national research hospital; the Royal Ballet and Opera; the national media; and the headquarters of many prestigious international companies.


Bonnie Marschner