Independent Research ProjectSemester Course

Independent Research Project at DIS Copenhagen
Major Discipline(s)
Elective Course
Fall/Spring semester

If you would like to conduct research while in Denmark, perhaps as part of a project for your home university, you may apply for an Independent Research Project under the guidance of a Danish faculty supervisor. The project should use Copenhagen specifically as a resource. For this option, you must plan your research project the semester before DIS with a professor at your home university who must be willing to communicate with you and your DIS research supervisor while you are in Denmark.

How to Apply for a Research Project

After you have been accepted to DIS, you will be sent information to register for classes. Login to our registration and:

  • Submit a brief summary of your proposal on the ‘Course Registration’ page
  • Complete the Research Proposal Form and upload it with all supporting materials to the ‘Upload Transcripts/Documents’ page by the deadline
  • Prior to the proposal being accepted, you should register for an alternative 3-credit course, just in case your project is not approved!
  • Your application will be reviewed by the Director of Research and a relevant Program Director/DIS faculty member, as appropriate. If your research project proposal is accepted, you will receive confirmation before the start of the semester
  • If DIS feels your proposal is not achievable during your semester, we will work with you to revise the proposal and/or you will choose a replacement course if you have not already done so

Research in Copenhagen

In Copenhagen, you’ll carry out the project, maximizing your use of the Danish/European environment. You will have regular meetings with your supervisor, but the bulk of your work will be self-directed. DIS faculty will be available to guide you on your methodology and help you find resources to conduct your research in Europe.

At the end of your semester in Denmark, you’ll have the option of taking your research home to present it or turn it into a thesis, honors project, or senior capstone. If you are also planning to use the project when you return to your home campus, you should also speak with your professor/advisor about this option before you depart, as there may be specific requirements you’ll need to be aware of as you conduct your research.