FAQs for Summer and Fall Students About COVID-19

DIS is committed to student safety and our students are our top priority. We hope the following FAQs will be helpful as you plan your future study abroad experience.

We will also continue to update these FAQs as we know more and situations change.

Below you’ll see two sections of FAQs:

FAQs Related to the DIS Response to COVID-19

Q / Will DIS refund me if my DIS summer session(s) or semester is canceled?

A / In the unlikely event that DIS cancels a semester or summer session before it begins, we will refund all fees (including the program deposit). See details on our Cancellation and Change Fees page.

Q / My university has canceled all study abroad programs for summer 2020. Can I still attend DIS?

Each university is instituting different policies around program cancellation. Please talk to your study abroad office about what your options are and reach out to DIS if you have further questions.

Q / Will DIS be running Study Tours during Summer and Fall 2020?

A / DIS programs are planned to run as normal at this time, including Study Tours.

Q / I was planning on traveling around Europe during my time abroad. Am I prohibited to travel independently by DIS?

A / You can still travel independently during your time abroad – however, be sure to check the travel advisories by the Centers for Disease Control Travel Advisory (CDC) and U.S. State Department Travel Advisory for the countries you plan to visit. You will be prohibited from traveling to any destination with a Level 3 restriction with CDC at the time of your travel. We hope that by summer, levels will have changed for the better as many European countries are taking strong preventative measures against COVID-19.

Q / What resources should I be checking as this develops?

A / Bookmark this page and the Future Student Health and Safety Notifications page for the most up-to-date notifications on DIS programming. We also recommend frequently checking the Center for Disease Control Travel Advisory, World Health Organization, and U.S. State Department Travel Advisory.

You should also closely monitor your home school’s study abroad page and keep an eye on your inbox for important communication.

FAQs Related to COVID-19

Q / What is coronavirus?

A / According to the World Health Organization, Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.

First emerging in China in December 2019, the novel coronavirus has since been detected in numerous countries globally.

Q / What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

A / Symptoms range from mild to severe. In about 80% of COVID-19 cases, symptoms are mild and include fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties. Note that these symptoms are also seen in a common cold, flu, and other viruses. It is therefore important to follow the guidance from health authorities and not make independent conclusions.

In severe cases, patients can develop pneumonia, kidney failure, or severe acute respiratory syndrome.

Q / How dangerous is COVID-19 for people who have contracted the disease?

A / Research on the coronavirus shows that mortality increases with age, with the highest mortality among people over 80 years old. The virus is most dangerous in older patients and patients with chronic illness, such as hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease and cancer.

It is important to note that the overall fatality rate for younger people without pre-existing medical conditions, however, remains very low. At the moment, local authorities assess the health risks from coronavirus to be extremely low for young people aged 10 – 39.

Q / How does COVID-19 spread?

A / According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly via droplet transmission from person-to-person. If a person who has COVID-19 coughs or sneezes, these droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby (within 6 feet) or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. If these droplets enter your system, you are at risk of contracting the virus.

It is also possible that a person can contract the virus via contact with infected surfaces or objects (i.e. if you touch a surface that has the virus on it and then touch your own mouth, nose, or eyes.) However, this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Q / How can I protect myself and others against the spread of COVID-19?

A / Don’t panic! At this point, health officials still say the risk of getting COVID-19 is very low here in Denmark and Sweden. The best ways to protect yourself are to:

  • Wash your hands frequently, or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol) if you cannot wash your hands
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Maintain distance from anyone who is coughing and sneezing
  • If you use a tissue, dispose of it safely in a sealed bin and wash your hands afterwards
  • Practice respiratory hygiene by coughing or sneezing into your elbow or sleeve (rather than into your hands)

Q / Where can I learn more about COVID-19?

A / For more information including symptoms, transmission, prevention, and treatment, visit:

We also encourage you to visit local resources about COVID-19 in Denmark and Sweden.

For information related to travel risks and COVID-19, visit the CDC Travel Health Notices site.

Q / Are there vaccines and treatment for COVID-19?

A / While vaccines are being developed, there is no vaccine currently available for COVID-19.

According to the World Health Organization, the treatment includes supportive care as well as investigational antiviral medication.