This page is provided as a resource for DIS students who choose to travel during the weekend or travel breaks. For more information on Program Study Tour, Optional Study Tour, and DIScovery Trip safety measures, refer to the Travel With DIS page.
Independent Travel Plans
Prior to your independent travel that takes you outside of Copenhagen overnight or longer, you are required to provide your itinerary and contact details to DIS. We will keep this information on file in order to facilitate communication in the case of an emergency.
- Provide your itinerary on Student Registration. Complete the Independent Travel Registration, which is under ‘Post Arrival Information.’
Students choosing to undertake independent travel do so with the understanding that they are solely responsible for the travel arrangements, preparations and risks, including personal and financial. DIS Academic Regulations require that independent travel not interfere with DIS academic courses including field study and study tours. In addition, you must adhere to your home institution requirements regarding any and all travel policies, including those that might limit travel to specific locations.
Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (for U.S. Citizens)
The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service for U.S. citizens who are traveling and/or living abroad. Sign up online here and register your travels and current residence, and you will automatically receive the most current information about safety conditions and notifications for the countries you will visit. You will also help the U.S. Embassy contact you in case of emergency. DIS recommends non-U.S. citizens register their travel with the equivalent service from their government, if one exists.
Note: U.S. citizens do not need to register for STEP for travel to DIS Copenhagen, as DIS registers all students prior to the term of study.
Consult Current Travel Warnings for Independent Travel
Before booking travel, and prior to beginning your journey, review the Country Information Sheets and any current travel alerts and warnings issued by the U.S. State Department or issued by your government (if you are a non-U.S. citizen). Otherwise, get updated information about your destination from the U.S. State Department here.
Know Your Embassy
Before traveling, find out where the nearest embassy will be located. Save the embassy’s contact information on your phone in case of an emergency. Find the U.S. embassy directory here. Non-U.S. citizens will find similar information from their government online or by calling your government’s representative in the U.S.
One of the best ways to increase your safety while traveling it to be educated on the location you are visiting. Review the U.S Department of State’s Traveler’s checklist , as well as look at news from the location you will visit. Read reviews in travelers forums for other travelers and talk to anyone you know who has visited the location.
Care for Yourself and Your Valuables
Be mindful of your surroundings and belongings while traveling. If you have lost or stolen items, find out your next step on our Insurance Information page.
If traveling outside of the EU (within the EU, the emergency number is always 112), note the emergency phone number for that location and keep it on you. Use the list of worldwide emergency numbers on travel.state.gov.
Keep in Contact with Your Emergency Contacts, Friends, and Family
In addition to reporting your planned travel to DIS, be sure your emergency contacts (often your parents) know that you will be traveling, have a copy of your itinerary, and can reach you in an emergency. Let them know when you plan to check in with them and assure you do so to avoid scaring them. Except in an emergency, DIS will not provide travel details to emergency contacts, friends or families.
Families can contact the U.S. Department of State Office of Citizens Services at 1.888.407.4747 if they are not able to locate their student in a crisis or need crisis assistance. Review What the Department of State Can and Cannot do in a Crisis, and read this article about ways to locate someone in a crisis abroad.