About DIS

An Innovative Model for Study Abroad

DIS is a non-profit study abroad foundation established in Denmark in 1959, with locations in Copenhagen and Stockholm. DIS provides semester, academic year, and summer programs taught in English, and offers high-impact learning experiences for upper-division undergraduate students from distinguished North American colleges and universities. The intellectually challenging curriculum is broad, cutting edge, and enriched by experiential learning components, including faculty-led study tours across Europe. The housing and extracurricular offerings provide students with opportunities for meaningful cultural engagement and personal growth.

Why Study Abroad at DIS?

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.

Freedom of Choice

With over 300 academically challenging courses to choose from between our Copenhagen and Stockholm locations, as well as semester and summer options, you are able to mix and match courses to meet major requirements and explore new passions. Your freedom of choice extends to your housing, where you apply to living arrangements that best fit you.

Academic Excellence

Academics at DIS are intellectually stimulating, with courses designed to further your knowledge within your chosen field and inspire intercultural awareness. Challenge yourself to examine issues from different perspectives, raise questions, and debate complex topics through analysis, research, and reflection. Many courses focus on contemporary burning issues; terrorism, migration, economic turmoil, climate change, human rights, and other current topics inspire discussions in the classroom.

Experiential Learning

Theory-based courses include a focus on practice through hands-on learning experiences such as field studies throughout Copenhagen or Stockholm, guest lectures, flipped classrooms, practicums, real-life case studies, student research labs, simulation exercises, skill-building workshops, studios, projects with professional critiques, presentations, and showcases. In addition, you have the opportunity to pursue independent research based on your passion.

Europe As Your Classroom

During the semester, you travel with your core course on two course-integrated, faculty-led study tours. These connect you with professionals in the field, as well as locals, who add new cultural perspectives to your understanding of course topics. Core Course Week consists of a study tour in Denmark or Sweden or a neighboring country, combined with a two-day seminar in Copenhagen or Stockholm. Your core course then travels on a Week-Long Study Tour to a relevant European destination.

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 access to resources and networks in Copenhagen and on study tour – such as researchers, health professionals, communication consultants, European politicians, innovative business leaders, cutting-edge architects and designers, entrepreneurs, ground-breaking activists, fascinating historians… and the list goes on!

Supportive Environment

DIS offers academic and student support resources that focus on you as an individual, giving you a foundation upon which to grow during your time abroad. Throughout the semester, academic
databases, and academic counseling are available to you. Outside of your academics, the DIS Care Team supports your personal well-being by providing student services to help you develop strategies to make the most of your semester.

Cultural Engagement Options

Whether you choose to live in a Homestay, take a course in which you engage with the local community, take a Danish or Swedish Language and Culture course, volunteer in the local community, or meet your Visiting Hosts for an afternoon together; your learning will take place beyond the classroom. Our goal is to help you depart from your semester having built a network and friendships.

From Vikings to modern medicine – DIS offers you an outstanding selection of inspiring courses taught by leading experts in their fields. The vast breadth of courses reflect Europe and Scandinavia in all of its challenges, complexity, and wonder. Whether your interest lies in the roots that shaped who we are today or in the tough decisions of politics and prioritization in the ever-changing global world, academics at DIS are committed to bringing you a uniquely European perspective to your studies.

-Helle Rytkønen, Ph.D., DIS Academic Director