DIS is located in the heart of medieval Copenhagen. On your way to class, you will navigate through a network of walking streets, and after class, you can explore squares with outdoor cafes, canals lined with cobblestones and colorful facades, castles surrounded by public gardens, and twisting spires dotting the skyline.
You will be on the forefront of the New Nordic wave currently reinventing the aesthetics of design, architecture, and food. If you choose to bike to class, you will join the 55% of Copenhageners who commute using well-planned bike lanes. From skate parks to harbor baths, the city holds hidden corners designed for community use.
Why Study Abroad at DIS?
You study abroad to enhance your major, broaden your intellectual horizons, discover Europe, meet the unexpected, have fun, and grow as an individual.
Study abroad at DIS is unique. We will help you meet your aspirations by offering you the
Freedom of Academic 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.
Europe As Your Classroom
Early in the semester, you will delve into your academic focus during Core Course Week, in which you will travel on a short study tour for three days in Denmark, Sweden, or a neighboring country, combined with a two-day seminar in Copenhagen or Stockholm. Later in the semester, you will travel again with your core course on a week-long study tour in Europe. Additionally, you can take an elective course with an integrated Optional Study Tour, or explore Europe off the beaten track on a DIScovery Trip during two additional breaks.
Theory-based courses include a focus on practice through hands-on learning experiences such as field studies throughout Copenhagen or Stockholm, expert guest lecturers, ‘flipped’ classrooms, practicums, real-life case studies, simulation exercises, skill-building workshops, studios, projects with professional critiques, and research labs.
A Holistic Approach to Meeting the Locals
Whether you choose to live in a Homestay, take a course in which you engage with the local community, take a Danish or Swedish Language and Culture course, volunteer in the local community, or meet your Visiting Hosts for an afternoon together; you’ll combine formal and informal learning to build a holistic experience. Our goal is to help you find your own individual way to depart your semester having built strong friendships and connections with the locals.
Focus On You As an Individual
At DIS Stockholm and DIS Copenhagen, the average class size is intimate, with approximately 20 students. With a diverse array of housing options, you have the flexibility to choose a living arrangement that will best fit you.
DIS Faculty Who Teach What They Do
DIS faculty bring real-life expertise from their field into the classroom. Most work as professionals in the areas they teach, giving you direct access to resources and networks both in Copenhagen or Stockholm, and while on study tour. They will introduce you to their network of leading researchers and health professionals, European politicians, innovative business leaders, cutting-edge architects and designers, forward-thinking entrepreneurs, ground-breaking activists, fascinating historians… and the list goes on and on!
Academic Challenges & Opportunities
Challenge yourself to raise questions, follow up on connections you make, examine issues from different perspectives, explore new mindsets, and reflect on your own values and identity through new experiences and discussions. Create your own unique experience by building cross-cultural competencies.
Discover how the city has become the focal point for cultural expression, social change, and political tension. Often symbolizing freedom and upward mobility, the city promises a better life while also creating challenges and fears.
This program is right for you if you study urban design, urban studies, politics, or sociology and wish to examine contemporary cities through a multidisciplinary academic lens.