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Study Abroad in Denmark

  1. Program Details

    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.

    Location Copenhagen, Denmark
    Term Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer Session
    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 No Language Prerequisite
  2. About Study Abroad in Denmark

    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. 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.

    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.

    Rented Room

    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.

    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.


    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.

    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.

    About the Learning Abroad Center

    Learning Abroad Center programs are:

    • Affordable: our programs are cost effective.
    • Academically strong: many programs have strong University of Minnesota departmental support and offer pre-approved courses for many majors.
    • Culturally rich: regardless of the program you choose, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture.
    • Expertly managed: our staff in Minnesota and abroad are trained professionals and are always available to answer your questions from extensive pre-departure advising and online orientations to reentry programming. Your safety and well-being are paramount, and we work hard to ensure you have a rewarding and safe experience abroad.
  3. Program Structure

    Program Type Field Study, Study Abroad Center
    Program Level 3000-level and above

    15-16 per semester; 3-12 for summer


    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 (Architecture students must be doing the BS and have taken a studio course prior to the program)
    • Art & Visual Culture
    • Biomedicine
    • 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
    • Philosophy
    • 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. 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.  

    Summer Coursework

    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.

    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)

  4. 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.

    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.

    Term Abroad Date/Time Location
    Summer 2021 TBD online
    Fall 2021 TBD online
  5. Fees for Study Abroad in Denmark

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

    The program fee reduction provided to UofM students by DIS is reflected as "Program Discount" in the Cost of Participation.

    Summer 2020 Cost of Participation

    Session 1 (3 weeks/3 credits), Session 2 (3 weeks/3 credits), Session 3 (4 weeks/4 credits)

    Lab & Research Session (6 weeks/6 credits), Lab & Research Session + Session 3

    Architecture & Design Session (7 weeks/7 credits), Architecture & Design (7 weeks/9 credits)

    Sessions 1 + 2

    Sessions 2 + 3

    Sessions 1 + 2 + 3

    Sessions 1 + Architecture & Design (10 weeks/10 credits)

    Sessions 1 + Architecture & Design (10 weeks/12 credits)


    Fall 2020 

    Cost of Participation


    Academic Year 2020-2021

    Cost of Participation


    Spring 2021

    Cost of Participation


    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.

    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.

    Please also review the 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.
  6. Prepare

    Complete pre-application advising.

    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
    Country Denmark

    Note: If the specific track and term of the affiliated program you wish to apply to cannot be found within the application system, select “Program Not Found” on the application, and enter your specific application information in the fields given to request an application. Our staff will review your application and update your program, track, and term information.


    May & Summer Programs – University of Minnesota Students

    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.

    Apply Now

    Fall 2021 & Beyond Programs – All students

    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.

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    Upon submitting the online application, you will be assigned an application checklist that includes:

    • 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. Accepted 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.
  7. Program Contact

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

    Maria Mantey or call at 612.626.7535.

  8. Contact Program Alum

    Sara Anderson studied in Copenhagen during Spring semester 2019.

University of Minnesota students participating in a research project on this program may be eligible for the International Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (I-UROP) Scholarship