Copenhagen, founded more than 800 years ago, combines the old-world charm of its Medieval origins with the vibrant life of a modern European capital. Enroll in a wide variety of courses taught in English and enjoy exciting study tours to other sites in Europe.
|Term||Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer Session|
|Housing||Apartment, Homestay, Other|
|Credit Type||Resident Credit|
|Sponsor||Learning Abroad Center|
|Student Type||UofM Students|
|Student Year||Juniors, Seniors|
|Language||No Language Prerequisite|
Take courses in a wide variety of disciplines, from neuroscience to gender studies to design, with beautiful Copenhagen as your classroom. Choose from several housing options, including a homestay, and join the locals in biking to class in this bike-friendly city.
The Study Abroad in Denmark program offers several housing choices so you can tailor your experience to perfectly fit your lifestyle. Semester students have the choice between a homestay, Kollegium, Folkehøjskole, a Living & Learning Community, rented room, and the Residential Community. Summer students can choose between the Residential Community and the Kollegium options.
All housing options include a furnished room with towels, a blanket, a pillow, and bed linens. You will also have access to laundry facilities and Internet, and you will receive a transit pass that will allow you to get from your housing to classes. All housing options also include either most meals or a food stipend to help offset the cost of buying groceries.
An overview of each housing option is described below. For more detailed information on these housing options, visit DIS's website.
Live with local hosts and immerse yourself in Danish life. This housing option is the most popular option at DIS and provides you with an excellent perspective of Danish culture, as well as a built-in support network.
Danish universities do not have campuses with university housing, so independent kollegiums house students from several educational institutions in Copenhagen, making it a great way to meet a variety of students from many backgrounds. Choose from a kollegium with a shared kitchen for the floor or apartment-style housing with a kitchenette in each unit.
Imagine living on the rural campus of a small liberal arts college with a population of about 80 students, and you will begin to understand life at a Folkehøjskole, a unique Danish learning and living tradition dating back 150 years.
Danish and international students live at the school and participate in a wide spectrum of courses and extracurricular activities that are not graded but meant to give resident students an "education for life." While you will not participate in all aspects of the Folkehøjskole’s courses and activities, you will get a taste for this special living environment and enjoy this truly unique Danish experience.
The Folkehøjskole option is known for its great social environment, with lots of planned events and daily meals, where all students eat together.
A DIS Living & Learning Community (LLC) is a co-curricular housing experience that integrates a shared interest through the lens of exploring Copenhagen or Danish culture within your housing experience.
The Danish Roommate housing option allows you to lead the life of an independent student in charge of your own schedule, meals, and social life. You will have your own room and share a kitchen and bathroom facilities in an apartment owned by a Dane or international roommate between 18 and 27 years old. Your roommate will acquaint you with the local area and help you get settled. You may become close friends with your roommate or not see much of each other at all. This option is the best fit for a very independent student.
Live with other DIS students in Copenhagen and enjoy a network of friends when you’re at home. Previous students living in DIS Residential Communities (DRCs) have commented that they experienced a good social life connected to their academic environment and enjoyed having a "little bit of home" but with Denmark right outside the door.
Study tours are one of the features of DIS that students find most attractive. Semester programs include both a short study tour to another part of Denmark and a week-long study tour to another country. Some, but not all, summer terms also include a study tour. These study tours are an integrated part of your core course, and as such they are academic in nature and included in your program fee.
DIS also provides you with ways to get out, meet Danes, and experience Danish culture on a daily basis. 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 Host, stop by Studenterhuset for a game of foosball, give back to the community by volunteering, learn to speak some Danish, and end the semester calling Denmark a second home.
During your semester at DIS, plan the meet the following objectives:
DIS services begin in the US and continue when you arrive in Denmark. The DIS North American Office, which has close ties to the Learning Abroad Center, is there to assist you in registering for courses, selecting the most suitable housing option, advising on flights to/from Denmark, and other pre-departure activities. On arrival in Copenhagen, the numerous DIS on-site staff members are on hand to help students, providing a broad array of services ranging from personal and academic counseling to sending mail, Internet access, and much more.
DIS faculty bring real-life expertise from their field into the classroom. Most work as professionals in the areas they teach, giving you direct access to resources and networks both in Copenhagen and on study tours. They will introduce you to a network of leading researchers and health professionals, European politicians, innovative business leaders, cutting-edge architects and designers, forward thinking entrepreneurs, ground-breaking activists, fascinating historians…and the list goes on and on.
Learning Abroad Center programs are:
|Program Type||Field Study, Study Abroad Center|
|Program Level||3000-level and above|
15-16 per semester; 3-12 for summer
The Study Abroad in Denmark program offers academically rigorous courses in a wide variety of subjects. Each track has one required core course with two accompanying study tours. For your other courses, you can choose from electives related to your program or select courses from a variety of other disciplines. Instruction is in English by Danish faculty. Receive 30 credits per year, 15 credits per semester.
Choose from a variety of tracks such as:
Visit the DIS website for a full list of offerings. Please note any pre-requisites that may be required for admission.
Students register for 30 credits per year or 15 credits per semester. Students may request to take one course pass/fail (S/N) in consultation with DIS and the Learning Abroad Center. Please review the relevant DIS and LAC academic policies for further information.
During the summer, we offer a variety of courses across many academic fields, in Copenhagen and Stockholm. The courses are offered in consecutive sessions and students may earn 3-12 credits in total. There are summer options related to Architecture and Design, Lab & Research opportunities, liberal education and major-specific courses. Visit DIS's Summer website for a full list of offerings.
This course is offered at no additional cost on programs six weeks or longer. The Learning Abroad Center will email out registration instructions, or you may contact a program team member.
|Program Term||App Open Date||Deadline*|
|Spring 2021||May 1||Oct 1|
|Program dates||Jan 15 – May 15|
|Summer 2021 (Lab and Research Session)||Aug 1||Extended to April 15, 2021|
|Program dates||May 25 – Jul 3|
|Summer 2021 (Session 1)||Aug 1||Extended to April 15, 2021|
|Program dates||May 25 – Jun 11|
|Summer 2021 (Session 2)||Aug 1||Extended to April 15, 2021|
|Program dates||Jun 14 – Jul 3|
|Summer 2021 (Session 3)||Aug 1||Extended to April 15, 2021|
|Program dates||Jul 5 – 31|
|Summer 2021 (Architecture & Design Session)||Aug 1||Extended to April 15, 2021|
|Program dates||Jun 14 – Jul 31|
|Fall 2021||Dec 18||Extended to April 15, 2021|
|Program dates||mid-August - mid-December, TBD|
|Academic Year 2021-2022||Dec 18||Extended to April 15, 2021|
|Program dates||mid-August - mid-May, dates TBD|
|Spring 2022||May 1||Oct 1|
|Program Dates||Jan 15 – May 14|
*If the application deadline falls on a weekend, applications are due the first business day after the application deadline.
Please refer to the Calendar page on the DIS website for detailed information on arrival and departure dates and breaks.
See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.
The program fee reduction provided to UofM students by DIS is reflected as "Program Discount" in the Cost of Participation.
Lab & Research Session (6 weeks/6 credits)
Session 1 (3 weeks/3 credits)
Session 2 (3 weeks/3 credits)
Session 3 (4 weeks/4 credits)
Architecture & Design Session (7 weeks/7 credits), Architecture & Design (7 weeks/9 credits)
Combined Sessions Fees:
Lab & Research Session + Session 3 (10 weeks/10 credits)
Sessions 1 + 2 (6 weeks/6 credits)
Sessions 1 + 2 + 3 (10 weeks/10 credits)
Sessions 1 + Architecture & Design (10 weeks/10 credits)
Sessions 1 + Architecture & Design (10 weeks/12 credits)
Sessions 2 + 3 (7 weeks/7 credits)
If you are combining Summer Sessions in both Copenhagen and Stockholm, you may reference the program fees above, as costs are the same regardless of city. The cost of transporation between Copenhagen and Stockholm is included when students combine sessions. The program fee reduction provided to UofM students by DIS is reflected as "Program Discount" in the Cost of Participation.
Please also review the scholarships offered by DIS.
Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.
To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:
|Center Name||TC Learning Abroad Ctr|
|Education Abroad Term||See Dates page for term options|
|Program Name||Semester: Study Abroad in Denmark (DIS) Summer: Summer in Scandinavia (DIS)|
|Track Name||Semester: See DIS program options Summer: Summer: See DIS for sessions and locations|
Use your University of Minnesota internet ID and password to log into the Education Abroad application system. Your student account will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.
All students, both UofM and Non-UofM should use this apply button if applying for a program Fall 2021 or beyond (academic year, winter break etc.). You will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.
Upon submitting the online application, you will be assigned an application checklist that includes:
Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.
For further information or questions about this program, send an email toMaria Mantey or call at 612.626.7535.
Sara Anderson studied in Copenhagen during Spring semester 2019.