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?

Ignite your love of learning, further your academic achievements, develop intercultural understanding, and acquire life skills essential for engaged citizenship. Discover Europe and meet the unexpected.

Freedom of Choice

With over 300 academically challenging courses to choose from between our Copenhagen and Stockholm locations, as well as semester and summer options, you are able to mix and match courses to meet major requirements and explore new passions. Your freedom of choice extends to your housing, where you apply to living arrangements that best fit you.

Academic Excellence

Intellectually stimulating courses challenge you to examine issues from various perspectives, as you debate, play, research, analyze, and reflect on contemporary topics and burning issues. Many courses focus on contemporary burning issues; terrorism, migration, economic turmoil, climate change, human rights, and other current topics inspire discussions in the classroom.

Experiential Learning

With an emphasis on hands-on learning experiences, you have opportunities to simulate real-life scenarios, make connections, and build your resumé.

Theory-based courses include a focus on practice through hands-on learning experiences such as field studies throughout Copenhagen or Stockholm, guest lectures, flipped classrooms, practicums, real-life case studies, student research labs, simulation exercises, skill-building workshops, studios, projects with professional critiques, presentations, and showcases.

Europe As Your Classroom

Take your classroom on the road with two course-integrated, faculty-led study tours with your core course! Visit important sites and meet with local experts who add cultural perspectives to your knowledge of the field.

Core Course Week consists of a study tour in Denmark or Sweden or a neighboring country, combined with a two-day seminar in Copenhagen or Stockholm. Your core course then travels on a Week-Long Study Tour to a relevant European destination.

Faculty Who Teach What They Do

Most faculty work as professionals in the areas they teach, bringing theory to life by sharing real-world examples in the classroom. This gives you access to resources and networks such as researchers, health professionals, communication consultants, European politicians, innovative business leaders, cutting-edge architects and designers, entrepreneurs, ground-breaking activists, fascinating historians, and more.

Supportive Environment

Academic counseling and personal support resources are available to you during your time abroad, providing you a solid foundation upon which to grow.

Throughout your term, academic databases and academic counseling are available to you. Outside of your academics, the DIS Care Team supports your personal well-being by providing student services to help you develop strategies to make the most of your semester.

Cultural Learning

In your courses, you focus on the importance of cultural context and are exposed to how issues are perceived, lived, and theorized in Europe. It is also your chance to reflect on the cultural norms and values that shape you.

Opportunities to Meet the Locals

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

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

Anna , Skidmore College