Semester at DIS Copenhagen
Ignite your love of learning, further your academic achievements, develop intercultural understanding, and acquire life skills essential for engaged citizenship. Discover Europe and meet the unexpected.
Pursue your Academic and Personal Goals
Choose a core course from 27 academic programs and select from over 240 upper-level elective courses. Your freedom of choice extends to your housing, where you apply for living arrangements that best fit you.
Intellectually stimulating courses challenge you to examine issues from various perspectives, as you debate, play, research, analyze, and reflect on contemporary topics and burning issues.
With an emphasis on hands-on learning experiences, you have opportunities to simulate real-life scenarios, make connections, and build your resume.
Europe as Your Classroom
Take your classroom on the road with two course-integrated, faculty-led study tours with your core course! Visit important sites and meet with local experts who add cultural perspectives to your knowledge of the field.
Faculty Who Teach What They Do
Most faculty work as professionals in the areas they teach, bringing theory to life by sharing real-world examples in the classroom.
Academic counseling and personal support resources are available to you during your time abroad, providing you a solid foundation upon which to grow.
In your courses, you focus on the importance of cultural context and are exposed to how issues are perceived, lived, and theorized in Europe. It is also your chance to reflect on the cultural norms and values that shape you.
Meet the Locals
Living in a Homestay, signing up for a sports team, taking a Danish Language and Culture course, or attending evening seminar are among the ways to build your international network and meet the locals.
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Choose a core course from among 22 academic programs and pick from over 200 upper-level elective courses.
Europe as Your Classroom
Early in the semester, you will delve into your academic focus during Core Course Week, in which you will travel on a short study tour for three days in Denmark or a neighboring country, combined with a two-day seminar in Copenhagen. Later in the semester, you will travel again with your core course on a week-long study tour in Europe. Additionally, you can take an elective course with an integrated Optional Study Tour, or explore Europe off the beaten track on a DIScovery Trip during two additional breaks.
Theory-based courses include a focus on practice through hands-on learning experiences such as field studies throughout Copenhagen, expert guest lecturers, ‘flipped’ classrooms, practicums, real-life case studies, simulation exercises, skill-building workshops, studios and projects with professional critiques, and research labs.
A Holistic Approach to Meeting the Locals
Whether you choose to live in a Homestay, take a practicum course in which you will engage with the local community, take a Danish Language and Culture course, volunteer at Studenterhuset (Copenhagen’s student union), or meet your Visiting Hosts for a Danish smørrebrød lunch; you’ll combine formal and informal learning to build a holistic experience. Our goal is to help you find your own individual way to depart your semester having built strong Danish friendships and connections.
Focus on You as an Individual
DIS Copenhagen is big enough to offer you the courses you are looking for abroad, while keeping the average class size intimate with 20 students. With six diverse housing options, you have the flexibility to choose a living arrangement that will be the best fit for you.
DIS Faculty Who Teach What They Do
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 tour. They will introduce you to their 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!
Academic Challenges & Opportunities
Challenge yourself to raise questions, follow up on connections you make, examine issues from different perspectives, explore new mindsets, enhance your learning with new technology in the classroom, and reflect on your own values and identity through new experiences and discussions. Create your own unique experience by building cross-cultural competencies.