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DIS Copenhagen – Summer Courses

Our summer calendar makes it easy to mix and match sessions between Copenhagen and Stockholm and stay for the amount of time that is right for you. Choose from three-, four-,...

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DIS Copenhagen – Sustainability

Sustainable development is one of the most important and hotly debated topics of the 21st century. In Denmark and Europe, strategizing global sustainability initiatives is...

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DIS Copenhagen – Child Development & Diversity

The Scandinavian approach to childhood is progressive, sparking discussion about parenting, childcare, and culture. Through your practicum experience and reflection on current...

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DIS Copenhagen – Communication

Place yourself in the center of the European communication landscape to understand how to communicate across cultures, hone your critical media literacy, or gain knowledge...

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DIS Copenhagen – International Business

Do you dream of building your career in the corporate world? Expand your ability to analyze international business from a European perspective, gaining hands-on experience...

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DIS Copenhagen - Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Make a breakthrough within real-world business settings, where you will learn to bring an idea from inception to market. This Innovation and Entrepreneurship program lets...

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DIS Stockholm - Neuroscience

Are you focused on any of these studies: psychology, neuroscience, or health science? Are considering a career in the interdisciplinary field of neuroscience? In that case,...

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DIS Stockholm - Public Health

In Sweden and across Europe, the complex relationship between migration and existing healthcare structures is an ongoing challenge. Through contemporary case studies, investigate...

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DIS Stockholm - Literature

Interpret the role of the Other in European literature. This program invites you to join contemporary discussions on issues of identity, marginalization, and the idea of

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DIS Stockholm - International Relations

How are security threats defined and responded to in a changing Europe? Explore the complexity of European security and intelligence dilemmas. This program is right for...

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DIS Stockholm – Global Economics

Under globalization, nation-states face rapidly shifting challenges in maintaining growth and managing distribution of resources. Analyze outcomes and proposed economic solutions,...

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DIS Copenhagen - Philosophy

Study European philosophy, past and present. This program places you at the European roots of wonder and awe, and gives you an understanding of both the history of ideas

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DIS Copenhagen - Literature

Experience Europe through a literary lens as you read, discuss, and analyze some of the continent’s finest authors and poets. Join contemporary discussions in literary

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DIS Copenhagen - History

Europe is the cradle of liberal democracy, civil rights, Western culture, and secular civilization, yet also shaped by colonialist expansion, social engineering, and brutal...

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DIS - Study Abroad Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Community

    9

Organized program, safe and beautiful city, fantastic meeting Danes

DIS was the most organized academic program I've ever experienced (even better than normal university administration). All of the paperwork is taken care of for you so the only thing you have to worry about it having a great time. Because there are so many students that go to DIS (around 1200 per semester) it's like being on a small campus, it's great to meet new American students all the time. However, the best part was meeting the Danes. I would recommend living in a kollegium (a Danish resident hall similar to an apartment style dorm), although some are better than others (with more Danes and social activities). Biking around the city is the best way to get around, it's easy and safe and a huge part of Danish culture. Biking aside, the public transportation is great too with easy buses, metro, and trains. The Sustainability program itself was good, and is broken into three sections, so your experience will most likely depend on the teacher of your section. For the most part the workload is very manageable, and the best part is that much of the learning is hands-on via excursions and fieldtrips in Copenhagen, and elsewhere on the study trips. The experience was so amazing that I'm planning on returning to Copenhagen as soon as possible, and potentially to settle down there in the future.

Program: DIS Copenhagen – Sustainability

Overall Rating

8 / 10

  • Community

    7

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    5

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Academics

    9

Danish Summer

I really loved my time in Copenhagen studying Human Trafficking through DIS. I wish that I had stayed for the second session! I loved the housing and would recommend living not in the city but the outskirts. Also, the class that I took was definitely eye opening and informative.

Program: DIS Copenhagen – Summer Courses

Overall Rating

7 / 10

  • Academics

    7

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    6

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    N/A

If looking for cultural immersion, can be hit or miss

I was looking mostly for cultural immersion in my study abroad experience, and because of my housing situation--living in a "folk high school" with many Danes--, this program was perfect for me. But many students in other housing arrangements got to know very few locals. Living at the folk high school (which are residential schools, so you will eat and hang out a lot with Danes around our age if you want to) was by far the highlight for me, and allowed me to learn a lot about certain parts of Danish culture and form really strong friendships with locals. Some say that they were worried about the hour-plus commute to classes, but in my opinion it was totally worth it, especially because some/many DIS students live and spend almost all of their time surrounded by American students, which seems strange to me while studying in a place away from home. My biggest complaint would be about the other DIS students, many of whom did not seem interested in classes or in meeting Danes and learning about their culture (taking short trips to other cities most weekends, for example). I thought classes were pretty good overall: I liked that there were so many interesting options to choose from, and that field trips were included in the syllabi to add to what's learned in the classroom, but again it felt sort of weird taking classes with all American students. There are some University of Copenhagen classes that you can choose, but at least in the one I took the majority of students were DIS students. So overall, I think it was a good program that is very well organized and offers many great opportunities, but also risks limited cultural immersion.

Academics:
I liked that there were so many interesting options to choose from, and that field trips were included in the syllabi to add to what's learned in the classroom. I had some good teachers, also...not all were professors, but some were working in the area they were teaching about and had a lot to say about it. But again, it felt sort of weird taking classes with all American students while studying abroad. There are some University of Copenhagen classes that you can choose, but at least in the one I took the majority of students were DIS students. I would definitely recommend taking Danish class if you are interested in learning about Danish culture

Living Situation:
I lived in a højskole ("folk high school" in english), a unique residential school that doesn't exists in the US, and am so happy I did. The really special thing was that over the course of the semester I could spend so much time and really get to know a group of Danish students. All the food we needed and more was provided (I almost always ate breakfast and dinner with the Danish students at the school and packed a lunch to take to class in Copenhagen).

On other housing options: I have heard good things from many people who stayed with host families and from some who lived in Danish kollegiums. I have heard from some people who lived with only American students in DRC's or themed housing that it was very difficult to meet Danish people.

Cultural Immersion:
I think living at the højskole was an A+ in this, but becuase of what I heard about some students' experiences in more popular housing options like DRCs I'll give it a B. DIS also provided other ways to do this for example by joining local extracurricular clubs like sports ones, but I can't really speak to it because I didn't do any and I didn't hear much about them from the people I talked to.

Program Administration:
The program is very organized, and the staff was really nice and always helpful

Program: DIS Copenhagen – Summer Courses

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

Life Changing Experience.

I had a great time skiing at Switzerland. My stay abroad was really an exciting, easy but unique experience.

Program: DIS Copenhagen – Sustainability

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

Thrilling Experience Abroad

We attended classes and was offered to travel for 3 weeks. I was a bit scared at the same time thrilled! I got to know people from all over the world.

Program: DIS Copenhagen – Sustainability

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