About DIS

An Innovative Model for Study Abroad

DIS is a non-profit study abroad foundation established in Denmark in 1959, with locations in Copenhagen and Stockholm. DIS provides semester, academic year, and summer programs taught in English, and offers high-impact learning experiences for upper-division undergraduate students from distinguished North American colleges and universities. The intellectually challenging curriculum is broad, cutting edge, and enriched by experiential learning components, including faculty-led study tours across Europe. It provides students with opportunities for meaningful cultural engagement and personal growth, which is further enriched through housing and extracurricular offerings.

Why Study Abroad at DIS?

Freedom of Choice

Pursue your academic and personal goals abroad. Build your semester by choosing a Core Course from 27 Academic Programs in Copenhagen and 11 in Stockholm, and select from over 280 upper-level courses between the two locations – all taught in English. Or, in the summer, you can mix and match between either DIS location over five sessions – staying for just one session or adding together two to three sessions.

Your freedom of choice extends to your housing, where you have multiple housing options to ensure the best fit for you.

Academic Excellence & Cultural Learning

Intellectually stimulating courses challenge you to examine issues from various perspectives. You will learn how concepts and issues are perceived, lived, and theorized in Europe, and reflect on the cultural norms and values that shape you.

Experiential Learning

All DIS courses take you out of the classroom on local Field Studies, exploring Copenhagen and Stockholm through an academic lens. Our courses also offer you opportunities to participate in research, simulate real-life scenarios through case studies,  gain professional feedback in studio, update your resume with practicum and workshop experience, and more.

Europe as Your Classroom

If you are a semester student, you travel with your Core Course on two faculty-led Study Tours related to your Academic Program! Summer students travel on a week-long Study Tour for all Session 2, 3, and 4 courses. On tour, visit important sites and meet with local experts who add their perspectives to your knowledge of the field.

Faculty Who Teach What They Do

Most DIS faculty work as professionals in the areas they teach, bringing theory to life by sharing real-world expertise and examples in the classroom and giving you access to their networks.

Student Support

The Office of Academic Support and the DIS Care Team support your personal and academic well-being by developing strategies to make the most of your semester.

Meet the Locals

Living in a Homestay, signing up for a sports team, taking a Language and Culture course, or attending evening seminars are among the ways to build your international network and meet the locals.

Commitment to Diversity and Respect

At DIS, we believe that embracing diversity in all aspects of the learning and working environment is necessary for students to reach their full potential. We want to create a community in which each member feels welcome and supported, across all identities and life experiences. This includes, but is not limited to, diversity of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual preference and socio-economic background.

My semester abroad will undoubtedly impact my later life experiences in the educational, professional, and social world.

Anna , Skidmore College