Booking Your Flight (Semester)

You are responsible for booking your own flight to Copenhagen, to allow you maximum flexibility and to take advantage of travel benefits such as frequent flyer miles. DIS will welcome you to Denmark at the Copenhagen Airport (CPH) 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

  • Book your flight to arrive between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on your specified Arrival Day — this is when DIS staff will be at the airport to welcome you and provide transportation to your housing. For the fall 2024 semester, students should arrive on August 17th. Find your Arrival Day on the DIS Calendar here.
  • Once you have booked your flight, enter your flight details in your Student Registration so that DIS can plan for your arrival.
  •  If you are having trouble finding flight(s) that will work within this window, please call us at (612) 361-2200 or email for assistance.
    • Arriving early? Some students choose to arrive a day or two early in order to get a jump on jet lag, or to take advantage of a lower cost (or more direct) flight. While you cannot move into DIS housing before Arrival Day, we will share hotel/hostel recommendations with students arriving early, and tell you where and when to meet up with DIS on Arrival Day in order to move into your housing.
    • Arriving late? We cannot accommodate students arriving after 3:00 p.m. except due to unexpected travel delays or rare exceptions (academic conflicts, etc.). Students who may be in this scenario should email In the days leading up to departure, we will provide all students with instructions and contact information in the event of unexpected delays (flights, etc.).  
  • Based on a few past student travel experiences, we recommend you:
    • Have a return/round-trip ticket. While it is legal for you to travel to Denmark on a one-way flight, airline or airport officials do have the right to turn you away if you cannot prove that you plan to leave at the end of your semester. When booking your return flight, note that you must move out by noon on the last day of DIS housing. Earlier departure may result in missing a final exam, which will greatly affect your final grade as final exams cannot be rescheduled.
    • Book a flight with as few layovers as possible, in order to minimize travel delays or border entry challenges. Direct flights from North America to Copenhagen are ideal, but most students will have a layover or two.

Recommended Resources Before Purchasing Your Ticket

  • Flight search engines, such as Kayak, provide a quick and easy method for comparing multiple airlines at one glance. Avoid sites like Priceline or Expedia that take payment from you and often offer routes including several airlines; instead, book directly with your airline or with a trusted travel agent.
  • Call the airline directly for concrete information, special deals, and to inquire whether frequent flyer miles may be applied to the ticket.
  • Frequent flier membership programs are often free, so make sure to look out for these. Sign up for a frequent flier account with any airline you travel on.