External University Courses

The majority of courses offered by DIS are taught at DIS by our own faculty. However, a select number of external university courses taught in English are also available to you. Currently, DIS offers students the opportunity to study at the University of Copenhagen and The Royal Danish Academy of Music (RDAM).

What to Expect

Taking a course with locals at one of the Danish universities in Copenhagen is a great opportunity to meet Danish and international students and have a genuine Danish learning experience.

The external courses offered through DIS are all of high academic quality. They are taught by engaging professors who are excited about having students from American universities enrolled in their class. The external courses are taught at the Royal Academy of Music and the University of Copenhagen, respectively. Both locations are in close proximity to DIS.

The Royal Academy of Music

DIS offers you a list of external 3- and 6-credit course options at The Royal Danish Academy of Music:

Why study music with RDAM?

The Royal Danish Academy of Music (RDAM) has trained music students for professional careers since 1867. The Academy has a strong international profile, modern concert halls and rehearsal rooms housed within the beautiful and historic surroundings of central Copenhagen, and experienced faculty with professional music careers of their own. Studying with RDAM will introduce you to talented Danish and international musicians from around the world and offer you a chance to engage more closely with local communities through your classes and performances.

Find more information about RDAM on the Music Courses page.


The University of Copenhagen

DIS offers you the following external 3-credit course options at at the Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre at The University of Copenhagen:

Where is the University of Copenhagen?

The University of Copenhagen has four different campus areas, of which the South Campus is home to the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Law, and the Faculty of Theology as well as 15,000 students. The South Campus is located in the area of Islands Brygge which is a 20-25 minute commute by bus or metro from DIS (10-15 minutes by bike). The newly constructed buildings contain modern auditoriums and top quality educational facilities, including study rooms, quiet zones, and comfortable spaces for students.

A Different Teaching Style

Students enrolled in an external university course should expect a different teaching style than at their home university and be ready to ask questions if they do not fully understand what is expected of them.

At Danish universities, readings are often not discussed in class but are important for the overall understanding of the topic. Danish students are self-educators and feel that they are the ones responsible for their own learning, achievement, and grades.