Carleton College and DIS: Fall 2020

Carleton/DIS Fall 2020 Custom Program in Copenhagen 

Carleton College has partnered with DIS to offer a specialized program to students interested in studying abroad in Copenhagen this fall. Disciplines include Biology, Public Health, Computer Science, Psychology, and a range of courses across the liberal arts.

Courses, housing options, study tours, scholarships, and other details are described below, as well as more information about COVID-19 in Denmark and our pandemic response planning.

Program Dates

Arrival in Copenhagen: September 12, 2020 (flight should depart on Sept. 11 to arrive on Sept. 12)

Last Day of Housing: December 9, 2020


Students will take 4 courses for a total of 20 Carleton College credits (12 DIS semester credits).  

Select one of these Core Courses: 

Each Core Course includes a 5-day, 4-night Study Tour in Denmark. 

Note: these Study Tours have been amended from our typical semester offeringsdisregard the Study Tour destinations mentioned in the individual course pages linked below.

 …then select three elective courses from this list (subject to change based on student interest): 


Students will live with other local students in a Kollegiumor in aHomestay. Any student who requests single room will be granted one. 

Each housing option includes: 

  • Shared or private bedroombathroom, and kitchen, plus shared laundry facilities and/or allowance 
  • Blanket, pillow, bed linen, and towels 
  • A transportation pass covering travel between your housing and DIS (including DIS-run events); and a bicycle rental 
  • Meals (Homestay) or partial food stipend (Kollegium) as detailed on the DIS housing fee inclusions 
  • Wi-Fi
  • Quality assurance and support from DIS housing staff and/or Community Advisor 

Student Life

Students will be supported in Copenhagen by our Student Affairs staff, including the DIS Care TeamThese staff, in addition to the rest of the DIS team, will be assisting all students with the following: 

COVID-19 in Denmark

The COVID-19 case numbers in Denmark have remained low following the gradual reopening of schools, businesses, cultural organizations, and social activities over the last few months. Students should feel comfortable navigating the city on public transit and in public spaces. You can read more about COVID-19 in Denmark here.

DIS has extensive emergency response and contingency plans in place and has adjusted programming in light of local health guidance with the aim of keeping our staff, faculty, and students as safe as possible. We are closely monitoring the situation and will continue (in close partnership with Carleton) to respond as the situation changes.

We have every intention of students starting and completing their semester in Denmark. However, please be assured that all courses are ready for remote learning, should the need to move coursework online arise. Any student who begins this program will be guaranteed the option of completing their credits, onsite or online.

Read more COVID-19 FAQs for Current Custom Programs Students.

Legal Entry and Residence in Denmark

This program is less than 90 days, which is the maximum period of time visitors may stay in Denmark on a tourist visa. Students holding a United States passport and/or EU passport will enter Denmark on a tourist visa. 

If it is not possible to enter Denmark on a tourist visa at the program start dateDIS has been assured from local border control and immigration authorities that students can still enter with their student status and will apply for a residence permit upon arrival. If this is the case, students will carry with them a letter from DIS and the Danish government that verifies intent to study, and will be allowed  to enter Denmark.

What else can you expect from DIS?


  • Classrooms   
  • Building access ID cards  
  • Library facilities with staff support  
  • Computer lab access with IT staff support  
  • Printing services  
  • Wi-Fi in DIS buildings and housing 
  • Student lounges 


  • Courses will meet Monday/Thursday or Tuesday/Friday in 1 hour and 30 minute periods; Wednesdays will be reserved for experiential learning-based site visits taking place outside of the classroom 
  • All academic materials (books, online learning platforms, etc.) will be provided and managed by DIS  
  • Academic administration, advising, and support  
  • Final Grade Reports  
  • End of Semester Showcase and/or culminating semester event, including final exams 

Program fee: $21,595 

Students are eligible to apply for DIS scholarships. Read more about available scholarships here.

Students will be invoiced in August 2020. There will be no cancellation fees instituted up until Arrival Day, September 12, 2020. Cancellation on or after this date will be invoiced at 100% of the program fee. 


If you have remaining questions you’d like to discuss, please contact:

Helena Kaufman (, Director of Off-Campus Studies at Carleton College for questions on enrollment, financial aid, credit transfer, or anything home institution-related.

Customized & Faculty Led programs ( at DIS for questions regarding academics, housing, student life, or anything DIS-related.

We will communicate more details with students as they become available.