Study Tour FAQs

Study Tour FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding DIS Study Tours

Q / What Are Program Study Tours, Optional Study Tours, and DIScovery Trips?

A / At DIS, we have three types of tours. To find more information about these, refer to the following:

Q / Do I Need to Sign Up for My Program Study Tours?

A / No. The Program Study Tours are integrated into your core course. Therefore when you enroll in your core course, you are automatically signed up for your Program Study Tour. In some cases, however, you may have to choose a study tour section.

Q / How do I sign up for an Optional Study Tour or DIScovery Trips?

A / Sign up for all Elective Course Tours and DIScovery Trips through Student Registration here.

Q/ Can my ability to travel on study tours be affected if I am a ‘non visa entry free’ student?

A / Non visa entry free students with study tours which include destinations outside the Schengen area (i.e., United Kingdom (incl. Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Great Britain), Ireland, Greenland, Russia, Morocco, and Turkey) are encouraged to contact the Study Tours Department early in the registration process to fully discuss the visa application process and what it entails.

DIS will make every attempt to assist DIS students to obtain the necessary visas/permits for entry into the countries for their program study tours. However, the issuance or denial of visas/permits of entry are solely at the discretion of the relevant country’s immigration authorities and therefore, DIS makes no guarantees. Where a student experiences a delay or denial of issuance of a visa/permission for entry, which is out of control of individual, DIS will work with the student to accommodate them on another study tour or otherwise make up the missed academic work.

Q / What Does the Cost of an Elective Course Tour or DIScovery Trips Cover?

A / Please consult the individual study tour pages for specifics on what is included. Typically, the costs for the Elective Course Tours and DIScovery Trips cover round-trip transportation to the destination, accommodations, two meals per day (breakfast plus lunch or dinner), entrances and guides to relevant visits, events and program activities, and transportation to and from those activities. The only costs you are responsible for while on tour are the one meal per day DIS does not provide, and additional spending on miscellaneous items (free-time activities, souvenirs, snacks, gifts, etc.).

Q / The Trip Is Full. How Can I Get on the Waitlist?

A / We hold a waitlist for the DIScovery Trips. If you would like to be put on a waitlist send an email to with your full name and what trip you are interested in. We add your name to the list and will send you an email if a spot opens up. If an Elective Course Tours is full, you need to get on the waitlist for the Elective Course Tours companion course. Please contact the Office of Academic Support ( If a spot opens up in the course you will receive an email.

Q / Why Am I Unable to Sign Up for an Elective Course Tour?

A / To participate in the Elective Course Tours you need to enroll in the required companion course. You enroll in the companion course through Student Registration and then sign up for the associated Elective Course Tours in the study tours/trips section of Student Registration. If an Elective Course Tours or DIScovery Trip is full, it will indicate this.

Q / When Do Elective Course Tours and DIScovery Trips take place?

A / These tours occur throughout the semester; please refer to Student Registration to find information regarding your semester dates.

Q / I Can’t Seem to Find a Trip in Student Registration. Does This Mean It Is Full and Has Closed?

A / The most likely reason you are unable to see a certain trip option on the website is because your core course has a Week-Long Study Tour during the date of the trip, therefore creating a conflict in your schedule. DIS offers Elective Course Tours and DIScovery Trips during each of the travel weeks, so explore your other options so you can find a great alternative!

Q / I Was Thinking of Traveling Before My Program Study Tour; Can I Meet the Group in the Destination?

A / No, you cannot meet the group at the destination. It is mandatory that you participate on the entire study tour, and because the study tour officially begins at the point of departure, all students must travel with the group from Copenhagen to the respective destination.

Q / Do I Have to Return Back to Copenhagen with the Group After My Program Study Tour?

A / You are not required to travel back to Copenhagen with the group. However, your participation is required on the whole study tour, which means you must schedule personal travel plans only after the study tour program is complete.

Q / Do I Need Any Previous Skills or Experience to Participate on DIScovery Trips?

A / The DIScovery Trips are designed to accommodate all skill levels and we do not expect or require any students to have prior experience to join a trip, unless otherwise noted. All you need is a positive attitude, an open mind to trying something new, and an adventurous spirit. Experienced guides will be instructing trip participants throughout the entire DIScovery Trip, so everyone will be learning together. However, you should be able to be active and be prepared to be in the outdoors all day.

Q / Can I Cancel My Participation on an Optional Study Tour or a DIScovery Trip?

A / Read more about our cancellation policy on DIS Student Registration underneath each tour/trip description.

Q / How Do I Sign Up for an Optional Study Tour If My Home Institution Will Cover the Cost?

A / Send the Study Tours department an email at to indicate which study tour you would like to participate and they will manually enroll you in the tour. You will receive a confirmation from the study tours department and your school will be invoiced.

Q / My PayPal Is Not Working, What Should I Do?

A / This is a PayPal issue. Try restarting and trying again. If the problem still persists, send us an email at