You are responsible for booking your own flight to Copenhagen, to allow you the flexibility to plan independent travel for the semester and take advantage of travel benefits such as frequent flyer miles. DIS will welcome you to Denmark at the Copenhagen Airport, and will ensure you get from the airport to your housing.
Read this page prior to booking your flight, so you are prepared for smooth travels.
Choosing Your Flight Dates
- Book your flight to arrive on your specified Arrival Day. Find out when your official Arrival Day is for your semester by checking the DIS Calendar. Scroll to your semester and the date will be listed as Arrival in Copenhagen on the calendar. Find the Calendar and Events here
- On Arrival Day, you need to arrive in Copenhagen between 7:00 and 15:00 to be greeted by DIS and included in the airport pick-up service and transportation to your housing. If your flight arrives before 7:00, we recommend you wait at the airport until DIS staff are there to greet you in the arrival hall outside of baggage claim.
- When booking your return flight, note that your housing must be vacated by noon on the last day of DIS housing. Earlier departure may result in missing a final exam which will greatly affect your grade, as final exams cannot be rescheduled. Note: DIS does not provide transportation to the airport at the end of the term.
- We strongly encourage you to have a return itinerary before your arrival in Denmark. While it is legal for you to travel to Denmark on a one-way flight, we have no control over airline officials and their understanding of Danish immigration laws. To avoid complications, it is best to fly to Denmark having a return flight back to the U.S.
- The majority of students attending DIS are classified as ‘visa-free’ students by the Danish Authorities and therefore can apply for their Danish Residence Permit after they arrive in Copenhagen. Denmark’s interpretation of Schengen Law is that ‘visa-free’ students are allowed to enter the country with simply their valid passport. Read about Schengen Law here.
However, entry requirements can be interpreted differently by every country, and in rare cases, students experience issues with immigration services in some European airports. To further minimize the already small risk of such issues occurring, consider flying through London or another non-Schengen city, or directly to Copenhagen from your original city of departure. If on Arrival Day you experience any issues on your way to Copenhagen, please contact DIS and we will assist you in any way possible. Find a list of Schengen countries are here
- When you have booked your flight, enter your flight details including airline, flight number, arrival date, and time on the ‘Getting to Copenhagen’ form of Student Registration. DIS must have this information to plan for your arrival. Sign on to Student Registration here.
Recommended Resources Before Purchasing Your Ticket
- Student travel agencies tend to offer discounted student rates, such as STA Travel and Student Universe They can be accommodating when a change or cancellation is made to the flight, as they tend to charge nominal fees for such changes compared to the fees charged by most airlines and travel agencies
- Flight search engines provide a quick and easy method for comparing multiple airlines at one glance, and at times, special ‘web fares’ may be offered, such as Kayak
- Call the airline directly for concrete information, special deals, and to inquire whether frequent flyer miles may be applied to the ticket
- Membership in frequent flier mile programs is often free, so make sure to look out for these. Sign up for a frequent flier account with any airline you travel on
What Happens Once I Land?
To read more about Arrival Day and the three-day Arrival Workshop that follows, find information on the Arrival and Orientation page here.