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  • Locations: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Rice applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Field Study, Internship, Research Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 3
Terms Offered: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Program Description:

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Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) is a specialized not-for-profit educational institution offering university study abroad programs, taught in English by Danish faculty, for primarily American upper level undergraduate students. Our mission is to produce high-quality student learning outcomes and cross-cultural competencies, and to facilitate exciting foreign experiences while ensuring space for personal growth. We do this through interactive learning in class, research papers, European study tours and housing among Danes. Since 1959, nearly 30,000 students have enrolled in DIS.


With DIS, students can choose any combination of classes from across DIS' offerings. This allows students the opportunity to customize their schedules and investigate a wide variety of courses. In addition to guest lectures, many of the classes will also involve field studies and/or study tours which consist of multi-day trips around Denmark, Scandinavia or Europe that will expose students in the DIS program to many different organizations, companies, sites, and/or persons in their field. Short, regional tours around Denmark, southern Sweden and northern Germany occur early in the semester, while long, international tours take place in the 1st week of the mid-semester break.

DIS Course Catalog

Student Life

DIS is located in the very center of Copenhagen. Within walking distance you'll find the main universities and research libraries of the country; parliament, government offices, European Union agencies, and Denmark's Central Bank; superb art collections and national museums; the national research hospital; the Royal Theater; the national media; and Danish and international company headquarters. As a DIS student, you have privileged access to these resources for a strong hands-on complement to the classroom learning.

Getting around in Copenhagen is easy. An extensive system of public transportation combining buses, commuter trains and a subway takes you everywhere within greater Copenhagen, day and night. Students enjoy the freedom to go home alone by bus or train, even at night.  There is never a dull moment in town. Street cafés, clubs, soccer games, ethnic restaurants, concerts, symphonies - you name it, Copenhagen has it.


DIS believes that each housing option suits individual students. Therefore, students can choose among the following DIS arranged housing options: Danish Homestay, Residence Halls (Kollegium), Danish Roommates in an apartment, Folkehøjskole, or DIS Residential Community Housing. Visit the housing site for more information.


Founded in 1167, Copenhagen, the capital of a modern, affluent, democratic society, is a study in contrasts: A sparkling European metropolis of one-and-a-half million people offering an abundance of culture and entertainment, yet projecting an inviting small-town atmosphere of friendliness, intimacy, and safety. A network of walking streets, plazas, parks and canals combined with an extensive, clean, safe and dependable public transportation system. A university dating from 1479, yet a modern educational center with several universities and colleges, lots of students, and a vibrant youth culture. A big city with a low crime rate, where personal safety is high, compared to many other cities.