DIS and Carleton College are carefully monitoring the COVID-19 situation in Denmark and have compiled responses to frequently asked questions below.
Can I travel outside of Denmark?
No. DIS and Carleton have decided together that travel outside of Denmark is not allowed during your fall term in Copenhagen, as travel is known to contribute to spreading the virus and increasing exposure risk for you, other students, and your host community. Please use your time abroad to connect with your local community and immerse yourself in your new home city.
Why? Today, as a result of the ban on U.S. tourists in the E.U., most students won’t be able to travel to other European countries anyway. Even if the E.U. travel ban for U.S. citizens is lifted, DIS and Carleton do not plan to change our policy against travel outside of Denmark, because individual countries throughout Europe also have border policies changing frequently about which nationalities can/cannot enter, and who needs to quarantine upon arrival. The DIS/Carleton policy against travel outside of Denmark will prevent you from getting stuck elsewhere in Europe where DIS would be unable to support you through a quarantine or illness, and will avoid any need to quarantine in Denmark as a result of European travel.
DIS and Carleton do not support international travel before or after your time at DIS. Should the COVID-19 situation and European travel regulations change during your semester and you choose to travel after your DIS semester, you do so without the support of DIS/Carleton.
What will be required of me to be successful in Denmark during COVID-19?
Flexibility: As in the U.S., conditions and recommendations are constantly changing as the public health community and leaders learn more about COVID-19. Carleton and DIS will need to make adjustments – possibly with little to no warning – to recommended protocols, class schedules, field study or study tour destinations, etc. Please prepare to be flexible and understand that at some point in the semester, you may need to stay home for a period of time as a result of illness, exposure, or a community lockdown. DIS and Carleton are prepared to support you through any of these scenarios.
Respect and Compliance: In addition to the DIS Code of Student Responsibility, please be aware of these specific policies intended to make your fall term as safe as possible under the current pandemic. All students have a shared responsibility to each other, to DIS faculty and staff, and to our local communities. This responsibility includes following these and any additional protocols announced during the term:
- Take a COVID-19 test upon arrival in Denmark and follow self-isolation protocols for 48 hours (or timeline communicated at the time of testing if different)
- Monitor your symptoms throughout your time abroad, but especially for the 14 days after arrival. Stay home and seek medical care/COVID-19 screening if you experience a dry cough, high temperature, breathing difficulties, sore throat, headache, and/or muscle pain.
- Do not travel outside Denmark
- Report to DIS all overnight travel outside of Copenhagen by completing the Travel Registration located in DIS Online Registration
- Follow local guidelines related to social distancing and maximum group size (currently 50)
- Follow DIS guidelines regarding social distancing and maximum occupancy in spaces
- Follow local medical guidance (receive a COVID-19 test when recommended, stay home from class or activities if you have COVID-19 symptoms, self-isolate while awaiting a COVID-19 test or upon receiving a positive test result, etc.)
- Follow local guidelines and DIS direction regarding cleaning, sanitizing and hand washing
Failure to comply with these rules and precautions is a violation of the DIS Code of Student Responsibility and could result in expulsion from DIS – but more importantly, we ask students to comply for the benefit of the community, even when no one is watching.
What if other people’s behavior makes me uncomfortable, or differs from my own choices related to COVID-19 prevention?
We acknowledge that people’s risk tolerance around COVID-19 will differ greatly. Some of you may struggle with, or have questions about, Denmark’s approach to COVID-19 after becoming accustomed to different approaches at home. We encourage you to be brave enough to ask hard questions and to carry out these conversations respectfully and mindfully. Be inquisitive, but not judgmental. From the Carleton Student Agreement: “Students should make a concerted effort to listen, try to understand, be an ally, and be prepared to share their own experiences. They should intentionally try to learn from this trying but unique historical moment.” Hold this sentiment close in your interactions with other students, staff, and faculty.
Other students may undertake behaviors that make you uncomfortable but are not a violation of DIS policy. Please approach these conversations directly and reach out to DIS for assistance in navigating any potential conflict.
If you see that your own decisions don’t match the decisions of others in the group, or if you hear from other students who fear that your decisions are putting them at risk, please be thoughtful and respectful. Each of us is in this together and we need to consider the impacts of our decisions.
What if I test positive for COVID-19?
DIS will support students in receiving all necessary testing and medical care, which is reimbursed through DIS insurance per our policy details. Sick or potentially sick students will be isolated and supported through their quarantine period, and facilities will be sanitized per local public health standards.
Any student who has been potentially exposed, or who tests positive, will be supported through the necessary testing, treatment, and self-quarantine protocols, including continuation of coursework from a distance.