Pre-Departure Advising (Summer)

Information for Admitted and Arriving Summer Students: Pre-Departure Advising (Summer)

DIS North American Office

The DIS North American Office staff is available to answer any questions you might have before leaving for Copenhagen! If you should need help after reading through these pre-departure resources, contact them by calling 800-247-3477 or by emailing dis@umn.edu.

DIS Pre-Departure Handbook

Scour the pages of our On-Site & Pre-Departure Handbook (sent to you by mail) to read a plethora of information; learn some Danish phrases, read how Danes interact socially, and find out about the ins and outs of Copenhagen! The handbook is chock-full of insider advice, so it may also be helpful to you once you have arrived. The electronic version of the Summer 2017 Pre-Departure Handbook can be found here.

Before You Arrive

Your flight to Copenhagen may be the first time you have ever left your home country. Allow yourself some time to also reflect on some uncertainties you may have. What will challenge you when living in a new culture with different societal norms than those you are used to? How will you meet the Danes while studying at DIS and living in Denmark? Equip yourself with knowledge of Danish culture and customs, share nervous emotions with friends, family, and your study abroad advisor, and fuel yourself with ideas from past students. When you finally arrive, you will be so glad you did your research, as you will be ready to make the most of your summer abroad!

Your Pre-Departure Checklist

Your registration should be complete, but there are a few things left to do to prepare for your semester at DIS:

  • Submit any outstanding registration forms as soon as possible to ensure your enrollment in desired courses and study tours
  • Review your housing application to make sure it reflects your goals for the upcoming term
  • Four to six weeks before your arrival, invoices will issue through email, either to you directly or to your home university. Refer to Tuition & Fees to read more about this
  • Make sure your passport is valid at least six months beyond your planned stay in Denmark
  • Submit a current transcript (unofficial transcripts are accepted) and one digital passport-sized photo to DIS (unless your school will forward these to DIS for you)
  • Book a round trip flight to Denmark
  • Look out for regular pre-departure email notifications from DIS such as your DIS-arranged housing placement approx. 10 days prior to your Arrival Day – set up your email account to accept emails from ‘@dis.dk’