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DIS - Study Abroad in Copenhagen
Copenhagen, Denmark
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Homepage: Click to visit
Program Sponsor: Danish Institute for Study Abroad 
Budget Sheets Academic Year,
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 09/15/2014 10/20/2014 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 3.0
 Housing Options:
Apartment, Dorms, Family Stay, Residential College Academic Area of Study: Anthropology, Art & Art History, Economics, English, Environmental Science, History, International Business and Management, Law and Policy, Sociology
Program Description:

Danish Institute for Study Abroad - Copenhagen


In cooperation with the Danish Institute for Study Abroad, students may study in Copenhagen, Denmark for the fall, spring, or academic year. Classroom teaching is strongly enhanced by an extensive program of experiential learning including course-integrated field studies and study tours in Denmark, Europe, the Middle-East, and Russia. This program is best applicable to students pursuing philosophy, psychology, environmental science, law and policy, sociology, education, and economics, although a variety of courses are available.

Copenhagen, Denmark

DIS is located in the heart of Copenhagen, Denmark's capital city, where students have access to great educational resources, all located within walking distance of the school. These include the main universities and research libraries of the country; parliament, government offices, European Union agencies, and the nation's Central Bank; the national museums of history, art and natural history; historic cathedrals and castles; marvels of modern Scandinavian architecture and design; the Royal Theatre; national media centers; and international company headquarters.


DIS offers challenging and unique coursework, taught in English, in the following areas: Architecture & Design, Biomedicine, Child Diversity & Development, Communication & Mass Media, European Culture & History, European Politics, Global Economics, International Business, Justice & Human Rights, Medical Practice & Policy, Migration & Conflict, Pre-Architecture, Psychology, Public Health, Sustainability in Europe.

Courses are taught in English by Danish faculty who bring a European point of view and personal experience from research, government, management and the professions to the classroom. Their teaching is enhanced by course-related study tours. European immersion is strengthened by the cross-cultural experience of living with a Danish family, a Danish roommate, or with Danish students in a 'kollegium' (residence hall).dis


This Partner program requires students to have at a minimum

  • 3.0 GPA
  • Open to all majors
  • All students must have a declared major at the time of application

As a part of the review process students’ conduct records and account status are also reviewed. Students and their parents should note that the review process takes all elements of the student’s academic record into consideration and that even if a student has the required minimum GPA and language prerequisites, he or she may not be admitted.

Students who have questions about the review process or their particular candidacy for a program should come into the Center for Global Study and Engagement for advising.

Center staff will not discuss students’ applications with parents, friends or any other party without the student’s consent and presence in the conversation.

 How do I apply?

Complete Dickinson’s online application for DIS – Study Abroad in Copenhagen by the Dickinson deadline. If you are accepted to the program you will receive login instructions in your Dickinson acceptance letter to apply for courses and housing. Once you receive this information you should begin the next step immediately as courses and housing fill on a first come, first served basis.

Is there a foreign language component?

There is no requirement; however, Dickinson students are encouraged to take the Danish Language and Culture course in order to derive the most benefit from the study abroad experience.

What is the language of instruction?

Classes are taught in English.

How many credits are courses worth?

Most courses are worth 3 credits, while a few carry 1 or 6 credits. Dickinson students enroll in a minimum of 12 credits for a total of four [Dickinson] credits. Students choose one core course that focuses on a specific academic field or discipline and supplement this course with other electives, as well as the Language and Culture course.

Will the courses count towards my major?

Courses taken at DIS can count towards your major, minor, or for general college credit. You should check with your academic advisor on campus prior to course selection. Information about transferring credit back to Dickinson can be found on your online application.

Generally speaking, courses must have an equivalent at Dickinson. Exceptions include classes that focus on the culture and/or history of the country in which the student is studying. Transfer credit will not be awarded for coursework that duplicates what a student has already completed at Dickinson.

Will they count in my GPA?

Psychology courses taken at DIS have been approved by the Dickinson psychology department to count as Dickinson courses and therefore calculate into the Dickinson GPA (see the Psychology Departments website for more information). All other courses are considered “transfer courses”; students must earn a “C” or better in these courses in order to transfer credit back to Dickinson. Transfer credit grades appear on the Dickinson transcript but do not calculate into the Dickinson GPA.

 What kinds of excursions are available?

Each DIS core course includes two faculty-led, academic study tours which includes a short tour to Denmark or the surrounding region, and a week-long study tour to a European destination that is directly relevant to your core course academics. Optional organized excursions to other parts of Europe are also available for an extra fee with themes related to food, the environment, outdoor activities, dance/theatre, art, history, and many more.

What expenses are covered during excursions?

Students’ lodging costs will be covered during overnight excursions. Also, any meals that would not be otherwise covered by a standard meal stipend for all students on the program will be covered. Group transportation to and from the excursion site, as well as group travel for all group activities will be covered. Students will not be reimbursed for snacks, personal travel and personal activities during an academic excursion.

When will I find out where and when we're traveling?

Specific dates will be announced at the beginning of the semester. Site visits in and around Copenhagen will be announced as they are organized.

Can a friend or family member who is not on the program join us?

No, unfortunately, for logistical and academic reasons non program participants are not able to join the program for excursions.

Are excursions optional?

Not necessarily. These excursions are linked to your academic program and, in some cases, content delivered through the excursion will be relevant to a student’s studies and assessment. All students should plan to participate in all excursions. If a student misses an excursion or a planned departure for a trip, these arrangements and costs will not be made up for the student. It is each student’s responsibility to be where they need to be in order to participate fully in each academic excursion.

 When is orientation?

Students attend the full day mandatory pre-departure orientation at Dickinson the semester prior to studying abroad. DIS provides a Pre-departure Packet to students one or two months prior to departure which contains arrival and orientation information.  Upon arrival in Copenhagen students meet their host families, roommates and students and attend an Arrival Workshop.

What are the program dates?

Tentative dates for the fall, spring, and academic year sessions can be found here.

Is there a group flight?

No, students are responsible for arranging their own travel to Copenhagen. DIS will provide you with information about your arrival and departure.

What if my family wants to visit me?

If you have family or friends who are planning to visit you, please do not make travel plans until you arrive at the program and become familiar with your class schedule and program excursions. It is not acceptable to skip class for personal travel.

When will I have time to travel?

Aside from DIS excursions, students may travel on their own during university breaks when classes are not in session. It is not acceptable to skip class for personal travel.

Can I arrive early or stay after the program ends?

Students may arrive early or stay late if they wish to travel on their own when classes are not in session. Please note that if you choose to arrive early or stay late, you will not be able to stay in your program housing. No student may arrive late for the start of the program.

DISchurch How much does the program cost?

Students pay Dickinson comprehensive fees to attend this program. The cost includes tuition (one-study tour), room, board*, and some local transportation. See the budget sheet for more information.

*Students who live with a homestay family will have all meals covered by their homestay family. Students who do not live with a homestay family will receive a $600 month stipend from DIS for food. This will only partially cover meal expenses as food is very expensive in Copenhagen. Dickinson will provide an additional $1300 board allowance to students not living in homestays, which will be applied to your Dickinson student account; it will not be paid as a stipend.

What is included in the program fee?

The fee covers tuition; room; board; academic excursions; laundry facilities or allowance; library, print, and computer access at the DIS center; local transportation from DIS to your housing; medical, accident and liability insurance from DIS (not a substitute for primary insurance); emergency medical insurance from Dickinson; pre-departure and on-site orientation.

How much extra money do I need to bring?

This depends on you. We encourage students to not travel every weekend, but to really engage their host city in meaningful ways during their semester abroad. An estimate of personal expenses is included on the budget sheet, but it really depends on you and your spending habits.dis

Will I receive a stipend?

Students who live with a homestay family do not receive a stipend as all meals are included.  Students not living in homestays will a $600 stipend from DIS; however, this will only partially cover your food expenses. To help off-set the extra expense of purchasing groceries, Dickinson will place a $1300 credit on the Dickinson student account for students not living in homestays. The credit will not be paid as a stipend, but instead, will offset the overall comprehensive program fee. The student is expected to take this money with him or her to the program site and use toward meal expenses. Students not living in homestays are expected to budget an additional $250-400 per month for food.

 How do I access health care in Copenhagen?

As a DIS student, you will have comprehensive health, accident, and personal liability insurance coverage by the Danish national health service system and a policy of the 'Europæiske' Insurance Company. The insurance is valid in Europe, including the EU and additional countries in central Europe and the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea. The insurance covers you until the end of the program, which is the last day of housing at 12.00.

During your stay in Copenhagen, you will be assigned an English-speaking family doctor in your neighborhood. Doctors' visits, hospitalization, the issuing of prescriptions, and prescribed medicine are covered. Additional information about accessing health care in Copenhagen will be provided by DIS.

Where will I live?

All students are guaranteed housing; it is up to the student to choose whether they wish to live with a Danish host family, in an apartment with a Danish roommate, in the DIS kollegium, or folkehojskole. These options were selected by Dickinson to provide students with the greatest opportunity for immersion in Danish culture. 


Will I have to commute to classes?

Yes, all students will encounter some degree of commuting in their daily life, anywhere between 15 minutes to an hour one way; however, this is common for most Danes. Students will be provided with a transportation pass to access classes and activities not within walking distance. Public transportation is clean and comfortable; students may also rent a bicycle, a popular activity.

Are internships available?

"Internships" are not available on this program. There are, however, many volunteer and practicum opportunities.  Also, for most of the core courses at DIS, there is a partnered practicum available to students.

Can I conduct research while abroad?

If you are interested in doing research in Denmark/Europe, you may enroll in the ‘Research Project’ course. By taking this course, students will be able to carry out a piece of individualized research under the guidance of a local advisor. The project must be prepared beforehand so that you are ready to maximize your use of the local environment once you arrive in Copenhagen. Talk to your faculty advisor at Dickinson about integrating research at DIS into your coursework.

Additionally, students may be able to conduct research abroad under the guidance of a Dickinson advisor. The Student International Research Fund (SIRF) was established to help students with extra travel costs associated with independent research projects. Students are encouraged to present their research at the International Research Symposium when they return to campus.

Do I need a visa?

All US citizen students who will be living in Denmark for longer than three months require a residence permit. You will apply for a Danish residence permit after arrival in Copenhagen, during orientation. The cost of the residence permit, currently $300, is not covered by the program. If you are not a U.S. citizen, it is your responsibility to research and familiarize yourself with any special requirements to enter and stay in Denmark.

If I’m not a U.S. passport holder, are there any additional requirements?

Yes, you will need to do your own research on visa requirements for citizens of your home country to study in the UK. The CGSE may be able to help you with the required documents. Also, you will need to inform Marlee Meikrantz and Jackie Wong that you will be studying outside of the United States and discuss how you will remain in valid F-1 status during your studies abroad.

Global Ambassadors are returning study abroad students who serve as peer advisors for their program. Please feel free to contact them for a student perspective.

Sara Moss

I studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, with the Danish Institute for Study Abroad, a Dickinson Partner Program. While abroad, I took advantage of several psychology courses not offered at Dickinson, as well as a Danish language and culture course and a Service Learning Seminar. I lived with a Danish host family, which was by far my favorite part of the experience! As I watched the city transform from winter to spring, highlights included sampling pastries in countless bakeries, taking advantage of the huge biking culture by cycling everywhere, enjoying long dinners and evenings with my host family, living sustainably, and participating in hands-on field studies and study tours with my classmates and professors. I truly returned home with a new perspective about society and values, as well as a strengthened sense of who I am and what matters most.


Advisors (Please call for an appointment)

Center for Global Study and Engagement
Dickinson College

Prof. Jim Hoefler, Faculty Coordinator
Department of Poltical Science
Dickinson College
Tel: 717.245.1311