Academic Focus: This program is open to all majors. Preference will be given to the following majors: Psychology, NBB, and Environmental Studies. There are limited spots for the DIS program. Students should apply early to be considered for rolling admission.
Approximate Dates: Fall, Spring
Eligibility Requirements: A minimum 3.0 GPA, good academic standing. DIS reserves the right to reject an applicant or registrant for any reason. In waitlist situations, DIS favors applicants from Partner Institutions who have an outstanding personal essay, cumulative GPA, and supportive recommendations.
Creating your study abroad semester at DIS is simple, but with so much choice, where do you begin?
- A program core course with its two course-integrated study tours
- Elective courses and Optional Study Tours
- A preference of housing options that appeal to you
- Ways to meet the Danes and engage with the local culture and to get involved at DIS
- DIScovery Trips that you can add over weekends and breaks
Based on past student feedback, here are just a few of the many opportunities that we recommend you consider for your semester here in Copenhagen:
- Over 65% of students take the Danish Language and Culture course and highlight it as one of their favorite courses – make this elective the first you sign up for!
- Choose to live in a homestay and find a home away from home
- Rent a bike and commute to DIS – Danes bike rain or shine and biking is a great way to explore the city
Choosing your curriculum is the first move in planning your study abroad experience. Your first steps should be:
Getting Your Courses Approved at Your Homeschool
Please ensure that you meet individual course prerequisites and your home university's requirements regarding academics and credits. Look through the elective course list, and be open to subjects outside your major. You may be surprised by what catches your eye!
You can see the most recent semester's course syllabi on each individual course page. Print it out and take it with you if you have a meeting with your academic advisor to get a course approved. And be sure to have a couple of extra courses of interest approved by your advisors as backups in case scheduling conflicts arise.
Courses & Credits
- Most courses are worth 3 credits, while a few carry 1 or 6 credits. All courses are designed for upper-division undergraduate students and taught in English
- Courses at DIS are taught primarily by local faculty who hold permanent positions in academia, civil governance, business administration and other professions. They instruct in the area of their profession, thus 'teaching what they do' and imparting a real-life perspective alongside the theory of the classroom
- All courses use the rich resources of Copenhagen for field studies to companies, galleries, parliament, television stations, hospitals, urban development projects, museums, and much more
- DIS offers several courses that include experiential learning such as practicums and labs allowing you to gain real world experience with local organizations
- Read about credit transfer from DIS to your home university
- DIS offers a Danish Language and Culture course which is strongly recommended to ensure you make the most of immersing in Danish society
- You have the opportunity to take courses at a regular Danish university (see below), take courses in performing arts, continue your language studies, or pursue a research project
Courses at Danish Universities
A small number of courses open to DIS students are taught in English for both Danish and international students at various universities in Copenhagen. They are taught in the Danish pedagogical method which requires you to be independently responsible for keeping up with the readings and assignments and your course grade may be based on one final exam, which may be an oral exam. Courses offered by a local Danish university can be filtered on the course list page.
Credit and Grade Translation - DIS Copenhagen
Check the OISP Blanket-Approved Database for pre-approved courses: OISP Master Blanket Approval List
Where you live is an important part of your study abroad experience, and hopefully the basis for a rich cultural and social interaction during your time in Denmark!
Unless otherwise advised by your home institution, you have six housing options to choose from at DIS. You should read the options carefully and request the housing option that best suits you:
Homestay | Living & Learning Community (LLC) | Kollegium | DIS Residential Community (DRC) | Folkehøjskole | Danish Roommate
Compare Housing Options
All options ensure you live with English speakers. You are encouraged to maximize your exposure to Danish culture and language during the semester, no matter what your housing choice.
DIS guarantees housing to all students who request, and pay for, DIS-arranged housing. This does not mean that all students will get their first preference for housing. Students may find themselves in their second or third housing preferences if they register late or if they attend a home university sending a sizable cohort to DIS. DIS strives to evenly divide students attending DIS from the same university among the available housing options. We find this gives all students a chance to meet new people and be encouraged to engage with their new community.
The DIS housing department will find you the best possible housing match, and to help you maintain healthy relations with your hosts and neighbors during your time at DIS. If you chose to stay with a homestay or a Danish roommate, know that they are vetted by DIS, with many roommates being former homestay members.
The deadline for requesting DIS housing is approximately one month before the term's official arrival day. However, please do not wait until the last minute to submit the My Housing form, because housing placements are allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Switching from DIS-arranged housing to independent housing or from independent housing to DIS-provided housing, after the deadline, will result in a $100 fee plus any additional direct costs.
All students attending the DIS program will have to commute by bike, bus, train, and/or metro, whether it be to classes at DIS, classes held at other institutions, field studies, study tour departures, extra curricular activities, etc. Commute times to DIS classes can be up to 70 minutes one way. Public transportation in Copenhagen is clean, safe, punctual, and efficient.
This is part of living as a Dane and in a city. Many Danes live in greater Copenhagen and commute by public transportation or bicycle into Copenhagen daily for work, studies, and entertainment.
If you will be living in DIS-arranged housing, you will be provided a transportation pass so that you can get from their housing to classes and other activities. If you are within walking distance to DIS, you will not receive a transportation pass for getting to class, but may receive a pass in order to get to other field studies/activities. Or, you can chose to bike commute.
DIS Housing Policies
Please make yourself familiar with the various DIS Housing Policies. DIS does not permit you to request a specific roommate or to request to live in a particular building/location.
Finding Out About Your Housing Placement
Around 10 days prior to arrival, you will receive the housing placement and the exact address. DIS puts a lot of effort in making the right housing match for you. This is why it is extremely important that you provide correct and detailed information on the My Housing form as early as possible.
Getting Oriented To Your Housing
Housing & Student Affairs will be available for you on Arrival Day and during the DIS Arrival Workshop, where you will receive information and a personal folder with answers to, hopefully, all of the questions you might have.
Costs: A full description of the program costs and billing procedures is available in the budget sheets. Please click here for Budget Sheets Fall Spring
Emory Financial Aid/Scholarships: Students are eligible to carry existing financial aid and scholarships on Emory-approved semester study abroad programs. Students may also be eligible to apply for the following scholarships: Gilman Scholarship. For more information, please click here.
DIS Abroad Scholarships & Financial Aid:
DIS Study Abroad Scholarships
DIS offers need-based scholarships allocated from various funds including the Mary Dau Foundation to study abroad with DIS.
DIS Scholarship – need-based up to $5,000 per semester; $250-1,000 per summer depending on course/program selection
Work-Study Scholarship – up to $500 per semester (limited number)
Diversity Scholarship - DIS seeks to promote a diverse student body by providing need-based financial support to academically excellent students from populations traditionally underrepresented in study abroad. Such students may have diverse ethnic, racial, cultural, economic, sexual orientation and educational backgrounds and experiences. First generation college students (meaning neither parent has a college degree from any country) are also encouraged to apply. Funding is available up to $5,000 per semester, $250-1,000 per summer depending on course/program selection.
Please see the study abroad scholarship application form for full instructions, and ask your study abroad advisor about additional financial aid opportunities.
More Scholarship and Financial Aid Info here: http://www.disabroad.org/study-abroad/scholarships/
Residence Permit/Visa: http://www.disabroad.org/study-abroad-students/predeparture/visa/
DIS - Study Abroad in Scandinavia website: http://www.disabroad.org/
Mary Lynn Dalton, Emory Study Abroad Advisor, firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-727-9767