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 a Danish family and immerse yourself in Danish family 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.
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. You may also choose to do an optional study tour at an additional but reasonable cost. For more information on study tours, visit DIS's summer or semester website.
While study tours are academic in nature, DIS offers non-academic adventure trips. These vary by term and semester, but are always sure to be a good time.
DIS also provides you with a variety of 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:
- 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 here 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.