Study Abroad Scholarships

Study Abroad Scholarships

We understand that study abroad can be an expensive endeavor. Know that DIS is here to help alleviate financial barriers in order to make this experience a reality for you.

DIS offers need and merit-based awards and is committed to supporting students with limited financial resources, from diverse backgrounds,  and/or underrepresented populations in study abroad. On average, over 50% of all students receive financial support from DIS, and many more are using financial aid granted from their home institutions towards their DIS experience as well. DIS also includes Pell Grant eligibility and work-study awards from home institutions in our award considerations.

DIS Scholarship Deadlines

You may apply for DIS scholarships during the application or registration process. Here are the deadlines:

  • Summer 2024: March 15
  • Fall 2023: April 1
  • Spring 2024: October 15 

Applications for need-based and diversity scholarships are reviewed on a rolling basis, and you hear back within 1-2 weeks after your scholarship application is submitted. Applications submitted after the final deadlines above are considered if funds are still available.

Applications for merit scholarships must be received by the deadlines listed above, and are reviewed after the deadline. Applicants hear back within two weeks of the posted deadlines.

Please note that students enrolled in faculty-led programs are not eligible for DIS scholarships.

DIS Scholarship Funds

Apply for up to $6,000 per semester! During the summer, awards range from $250-$1,500 depending on program cost and duration. International (non-U.S. citizen) students are welcome to apply.

  • Need-Based Scholarship
    Awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need
  • Diversity Scholarship
    Awarded to support students from populations that are underrepresented in study abroad, including but not limited to diverse ethnic, racial, cultural, or educational backgrounds, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, etc.

Fill out the DIS Scholarship Form (PDF)

DIS Merit-Based Awards

DIS offers three competitive, merit-based awards for semester students (this is not offered in the summer). One student is selected as the recipient of the $10,000 award. Please take note of the deadlines listed above – DIS will not accept late applications for merit-based awards.

You are welcome to submit applications for both need- and merit-based awards, but if you are chosen as the recipient of a merit-based award, you will not qualify for need-based funding as well.

  • Jacob Buksti Memorial Scholarship
    This merit-based award honors a beloved former DIS faculty member, Jacob Buksti, who passed away in 2016. Jacob built a strong legacy in modern Danish politics and made a deep impact on the hundreds of DIS students he taught from 2003 to 2016. Jacob served the Danish Social Democratic Party as a parliamentarian, party spokesperson, and Minister of Transportation during an impressive political career, and he was deeply devoted to sharing his work and passion with U.S. students at DIS. He loved being a politician and, even more than the theories and policy study that fueled his coursework, was passionate about the living, breathing game of European domestic and international politics. We offer this scholarship of up to $10,000 each semester to a deserving DIS Copenhagen or DIS Stockholm student.

Fill out the Jacob Buksti Memorial Scholarship Form (PDF)

  • James Larson Memorial Scholarship
    James L. Larson was Professor Emeritus in the Department of Scandinavian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. After numerous visits to DIS and a sojourn as a Visiting Scholar, he was impressed by the institution’s academic excellence and how DIS exposed students to the world of Scandinavian and European culture that could not be obtained on their home campuses. Jim passed away in 2021. His will and testament included a very generous donation to DIS, and a merit-based scholarship in the humanities in honor of James Larson was established. DIS offers this scholarship of $10,000 each semester to a deserving DIS Copenhagen or DIS Stockholm student.

Fill out the James Larson Memorial Scholarship Form (PDF)

  • Anders Uhrskov Leadership Scholarship
    Anders Uhrskov was the Director of DIS for 27 years and was dedicated to developing global leaders of tomorrow through education abroad. The Anders Uhrskov Leadership Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship established to award students who have demonstrated leadership on their college campuses at home and who are dedicated to enhancing and building upon their global leadership and critical thinking skills while spending a semester abroad with DIS. We offer this scholarship of up to $10,000 each semester to a deserving DIS Copenhagen or DIS Stockholm student.

Fill out the Anders Uhrskov Leadership Scholarship Form (PDF)

I was able to afford my time abroad through a generous DIS scholarship. The application process was super quick and easy, and I heard back quickly. I received a DIS Need-Based Scholarship and a Diversity Scholarship.

Suzi, Eastern University

Additional Study Abroad Scholarships

Many regional, national, and global organizations offer study abroad scholarships. DIS encourages you to research these additional opportunities. The list below can help you get started:

  • A. Rewari Family Scholarship for Study Abroad in Denmark
    This scholarship is made possible by the generous support of Dr. Amar Rewari, a DIS alumnus from 1999 who is passionate about helping deserving students study abroad in Denmark. The scholarship offers $5,000 per semester to a student currently enrolled at a U.S. college or university and who is planning to study abroad in Denmark. Students must apply through the Fund for Education Abroad.

  • Fund for Education Abroad (FEA)
    DIS is an Access Partner with FEA, which offers awards up to $5,000 per semester (summer awards start at $1,250) to U.S. undergraduates with financial need who are traditionally underrepresented in education abroad including minorities, first-generation college students, and community college students.

  • Gilman Scholarship
    The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers awards up to $5,000 for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding and wish to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide. This program is offered through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and is administered by the Institute of International Education.

  • Upper Midwest Rebild Scholarship
    The Upper Midwest Rebild Scholarship Corporation works to preserve Danish heritage and promote cultural exchange between the United States and Denmark. Students who have demonstrated a strong interest in Denmark and Danish-related matters or students of Danish background are encouraged to apply. Visit the website below for application deadlines and eligibility requirements.

Home Financial Aid

For assistance with transferring your financial aid package, consult your Study Abroad Advisor or Financial Aid Officer on campus. They may also be able to assist you in exploring potential sources of additional financial aid or loans.