Learning Abroad Center
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Study Abroad in Denmark

Europe
LAC Program

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.

Program Details

Location
Copenhagen, Denmark
Term
Academic Year
Fall Semester
Spring Semester
Housing
Apartment
Homestay
Other
Credit Type
Resident Credit
Sponsor
Learning Abroad Center

Program Eligibility

GPA
3.0
Student Type
UofM Students
Student Year
Juniors
Seniors
Language Prerequisite
No Language Prerequisite

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About

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.

Housing & Meals

The Study Abroad in Denmark program offers several housing choices so you can tailor your experience to perfectly fit your lifestyle. Students have the choice between a homestay, Kollegium, a Living & Learning Community, and the Residential Community.

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.

Homestay

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.

Kollegium

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.

Living & Learning Community

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.

Residential Community

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.

Excursions

Study tours are one of the features of DIS that students find most attractive. Each core course includes both a short study tour to another part of Denmark and a week-long study tour to another country. 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. Exploration Electives are also an opportunity to travel and learn with a course; each one includes a travel component at no extra cost.

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.

Learning Outcomes

During your semester at DIS, plan the meet the following objectives:

  • Challenge yourself to raise questions, examine issues from different perspectives, explore new mindsets, and reflect on your own values and identity through new experiences and discussions
  • Expand your knowledge in your field through a unique European lens in the DIS classroom, field studies, and on study tours
  • Build your cross-cultural competencies, gain real-world knowledge, and become more flexible in order to live, work, and succeed in an increasingly globalized world
  • Gain the ability to connect theory and knowledge through observation and practice, and to reflect on all that you learn through these methods
  • Engage with the Danes and depart your time there knowing Copenhagen is your second home

Faculty & Staff

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.

Program Structure

Program Level
3000-level and above
Courseload

15-16 per semester

Coursework

Semester & Academic-Year Coursework

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:

  • Architecture
  • Art & Visual Culture
  • Biomedicine
  • Business
  • Child Development & Diversity
  • Communication
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Environmental Science of the Arctic
  • European Politics
  • Finance
  • Furniture Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Holocaust & Genocide
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Interior Architecture (Interior Design)
  • Justice & Human Rights
  • Literature
  • Medical Practice & Policy
  • Neuroscience
  • Pre-Architecture (for Architecture BA and BDA students; or BS students who have not yet taken a studio course)
  • Prostitution & the Sex Trade
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Sociology
  • Sustainability
  • Terrorism & Security
  • Urban Design
  • Urban Studies

Visit the DIS website for a full list of offerings and 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. Review the relevant DIS and LAC academic policies for further information.

Global Identity

Global Identity: Connecting Your International Experience with Your Future is an optional 1-credit online course that helps you process your international experience and apply what you've learned upon your return.  Global Identity gives you the opportunity to work individually with a trained cultural mentor, helping you articulate your newly acquired skills and differentiating you from your peers.

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.

Syllabus for Global Identity (PDF)

Program Dates

Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline:

Orientation Dates & Locations

Orientation will be conducted in 2 parts: an online orientation, which is mandatory for all students, and an in-person, program-specific session. You will receive more information about the online orientation via email. Failure to complete the online orientation will impact your ability to go abroad.

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.

Fall 2021

Application Open Date: Dec 18, 2020
Application Deadline: Apr 15, 2021

Schedule Date
Program dates Aug 20 - Dec 18

Academic Year 2021-22

Application Open Date: Dec 18, 2020
Application Deadline: Apr 15, 2021

Schedule Date
Program dates Aug 20 – May 14

Spring 2022

Application Open Date: May 1, 2021
Application Deadline: Oct 1, 2021

Schedule Date
Program dates Jan 15 – May 14

Fees

University of Minnesota participants pay the program fee instead of on-campus tuition and fees for the term they are abroad.

If you do not see a budget estimate for the term you intend to go abroad, the fee has not yet been finalized. We strive to post fees for this program at least 30 days prior to the application deadline. The Learning Abroad Center will delay the posting of some fees until enrollments, inflation and exchange rates are determined. Note the average increase in fees will be 3–10%. Program fees are based on estimates and may change depending on international economic factors.

Billing & Payments

Visit Billing for information about the billing process for application fees, deposits, and program fees.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Visit Financial Information for information on using financial aid and scholarships for study abroad.

Review scholarships offered by DIS.

Bridging Loan

Bridging Loan, a no-interest/no-fees loan that funds the upfront deposit and flights costs, is available for this program for eligible students.

Cancellation Policy

Before you apply to or confirm your participation on this program, review the Learning Abroad Center's Cancellation Policy to inform yourself of the timeline and financial obligations for canceling.

Fall 2021

Study Abroad in Denmark (DIS)

Fall Semester 2021

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on-campus tuition & fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable deposit $400
Tuition and educational costsRefer to the Comprehensive Tuition Fee on the DIS website for inclusions $22,610
International health insurance $200
Housing and/or mealsRefer to the Comprehensive Housing & Student Affairs Fee on the DIS website for inclusions $6,500
Transportation (if required and included in program fee)Local transportation coverage between DIS and your housing is included $0
Total Program Fee $29,710
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-5,000
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $24,710

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program siteRound-trip airfare MSP-Cophenhagen $1,500
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documentsDanish Resident Permit fee is included in the Educational Costs $0
Travel clinic/immunizationsVisit your travel clinic and consult with your insurance provider. Costs vary. See note below* $0
Housing deposit $0
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $1,650
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materialsCourse reading materals and textbook rental are included in Educational Costs. $0
Housing and/or meals not included in program feeFood budget $400-550/month, less for students placed in homestays. $2,200
Essential daily living expensesincludes a required phone plan estimated at $30/month. $2,320
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $4,520

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $30,880
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $1,600
Additional Notes & Information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

Academic Year 2021-22

Spring 2022

Study Abroad in Denmark (DIS)

Spring Semester 2022

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on-campus tuition & fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable deposit $400
Tuition and educational costsPlease refer to Comprehensive Tuition Fee on the DIS website for inclusions. $22,610
International health insuranceStudents are enrolled in both DIS and UofM (CISI) insurance coverage. $200
Housing and/or mealsRefer to the Comprehensive Housing & Student Affairs Fee on the DIS website for inclusions $6,500
Transportation (if required and included in program fee)Local transportation costs are included, between DIS and your housing. $0
Total Program Fee $29,710
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-5,000
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $24,710

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program siteRound-trip airfare MSP-Copenhagen $1,500
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documentsDanish Resident Permit fee is included in Educational Costs. $0
Travel clinic/immunizations* $0
Housing deposit $0
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $1,650
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materialsCourse reading materials and textbook rental are included in Educational Costs. $0
Housing and/or meals not included in program feeFood/grocery budget: $400-$550/month, less for students placed in homestays $2,200
Essential daily living expensesIncludes an estimate for a required phone $30/month $3,000
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $5,200

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $31,560
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $1,600
Additional Notes & Information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

Summer 2022

Summer 2021 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.

Prepare

Complete pre-application advising.

US Passport holders require a visa to study on this program. In order to obtain a visa, you must have a valid passport. Due to COVID-19, current US passport processing times are significantly delayed. If you do not have a passport, or your passport expires less than 6 months after your return date from your time abroad, apply for a new passport now, and pay for expedited processing.

Apply

The COVID-19 vaccine is now approved by the FDA and has been added to the list of required vaccinations for study abroad. We encourage you to complete your COVID-19 vaccine immediately.

You will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.

Apply Now

Complete

Your application checklist will include:

  • Application Essay
  • Academic Recommendation
  • A $50 application fee will be charged to your UofM student account

Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.

Next Steps

  1. Upon submitting the online application, you will receive an automated email message indicating your application was received.
  2. Follow the instructions on your application checklist to submit all of the items. Your application is not considered complete until all items on your application checklist are either received or waived.
  3. Your completed application is reviewed by our program team.
  4. You will be notified of an acceptance decision by email. If accepted, you will be assigned a confirmation checklist. log into the online application to review the confirmation checklist and submit the required items.
  5. Confirmed participants will also receive login instructions for the DIS online registration system by email.
  6. If you decide not to continue with the application process, log in to the online application and submit a Cancel Request. You must also notify DIS of your cancellation.

Program Contact

For further information or questions about this program, send an email to

Maria Mantey or call at 612.626.7535

Contact Program Alum

Sara A. studied public health (Spring semester 2019)

Karla V. studied interior design and sustainability (Spring and Summer 2021)