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Denmark

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 – 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 - 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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Denmark

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 Copenhagen - Art & Visual Culture

From the great auteurs in European filmmaking to the provocateurs of the contemporary art scene, capture the ideas of intellectual and aesthetic movements. In this program,...

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Sweden

DIS Stockholm – Psychology

Critically examine theory, research, and practice of psychology in Sweden by learning about the psychology of well-being or exploring pathology from the perspective of criminal...

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DIS Stockholm – Medical Practice & Policy

Engage in a unique pre-medical experience by learning from Swedish medical doctors and researchers, focusing on how research translates into medical practices, and how patient...

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DIS - Study Abroad Reviews

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

9 / 10

  • Academics

    7

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Community

    9

Absolutely Recommend!

Loved it! The classes are easy but that’s what you want for a semester abroad. You can get as involved as you want but DIS provides an organized, user-friendly school that is dependable.

Program: DIS Copenhagen – Summer Courses

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

Amazing experience!

Everything about this program was fantastic. I felt so welcomed into Denmark since I was at a school for study abroad students instead of being an international student. I learned so much during my time abroad through all the hands on opportunities at DIS. While the course load was easier than that of my home university, I still felt like DIS was my best college semester. The teachers were professionals who were very knowledgable in their fields. Staff were also helpful. During my interview at graduate school, my interviewer was very interested in what I had to say about my time in Denmark...I believe it is a huge part of why I was accepted to the school.

Program: DIS Copenhagen – Summer Courses

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Academics

    6

  • Living Situation

    6

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    N/A

  • Community

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Make it your own

DIS is a wonderful program that provides numerous opportunities and resources for students to customize their own experience and level of cultural immersion. From living situations to clubs, the program is really what you make of it - whether that be hanging out with Americans in the city and having a great time or getting out and meeting Danes/other international students. Academics are more difficult than other abroad programs, but not as challenging as my home institution. Even so, the wide variety of classes is an advantage of DIS.

Program: DIS Copenhagen – Summer Courses

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