Wellesley College and DIS: Fall 2020

Wellesley College and DIS

Wellesley/DIS Fall 2020 Custom Program in Copenhagen 

Wellesley College has partnered with DIS to offer this specialized seven-week program during T2 to students interested in studying abroad in Copenhagen this fall. Each student will take two courses.

Courses, housing options, 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: November 1, 2020 (flight should depart on Oct. 31 to arrive on Nov. 1)

Last Day of Housing: December 18, 2020


Students will take a total of two courses offered by DIS for a total of 8 Wellesley College credits (6 DIS semester credits).

Select two of these elective courses: 

Note: Each elective course will be amended to be taught over the seven-week program duration and will include at least two field studies as experiential learning opportunities.


Students will be living together with students from their Wellesley cohort in a Residential Community. Any student who requests a single room will be granted one.

This housing option includes: 

  • Shared or private bedroombathroom, and kitchen, plus shared laundry facilities and/or allowance 
  • Blanket, pillow, bed linen, and towels 
  • A bicycle rental, as well as transportation coverage for official activities hosted by DIS, including academic and social events
  • Partial food stipend for meals
  • 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. Some modifications remain in effect – such as reduced capacities, adjusted hours, additional cleaning protocols, and some new safety regulations. 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 Wellesley) 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 the credits, onsite or online, for the courses in which they are enrolled.

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 without a residence permit. Students holding a passport for any of the visa-free entry countries, including the United States, will enter Denmark on visa-free travel. 

If travel restrictions remain in placeDIS has been assured from local border control and immigration authorities that students can still enter with their student status. 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.

Students with passports requiring an entry visa will instead receive guidance from DIS on applying for a Danish Residence Permit or Schengen visa prior to arriving in Copenhagen.

Note: This visa application process takes approximately 2 months, so interested students should be in touch with Wellesley and DIS as soon as possible. 

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 be taught by DIS faculty and include experiential learning-based site visits taking place outside of the classroom, guest lectures, and final exams/final projects
  • All academic materials (books, online learning platforms, etc.) will be provided and managed by DIS  
  • Academic administration, advising, and support  
  • Final Grade Reports  

Program fee: contact Wellesley for tuition and fees information


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

Jennifer Thomas-Starck, Director of International Study (jthomass@wellesley.edu) for questions on enrollment, financial aid, credit transfer, or anything home institution-related.

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

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