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Denmark, Copenhagen: Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS)
Copenhagen, Denmark (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
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Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Restrictions: Elon applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Fact Sheet:
Class Eligibility:
2-Junior and Above
Minimum GPA:
Language Prerequisite:
Language(s) of Instruction:
Danish, English and local language
Course Prerequisite(s):
Housing Options:
Apartment, Dormitory, Homestay
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Program Advisor/Manager:
Paul Geis
Program Description:

About the Location

Denmark is the smallest and southernmost country in Scandinavia.  The capital city of Copenhagen is home to some 1.8 million people.  Founded almost 850 years ago, Copenhagen offers artistic, cultural, and architectural treasures from many different periods.  Historic sites spanning the centuries are just a short walk or bike ride away from bustling shopping centers or modern cultural attractions.


The Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) is a study abroad program located in the heart of Copenhagen.  DIS places a strong emphasis on academic rigor, cultural immersion, and turning Denmark and Europe into your classroom through field studies and study tours.  Students may take a variety of courses including courses in communications, history, international business, political science, and psychology.  All courses are taught in English.

Field Studies

Most DIS courses include course-integrated field studies that connect the classroom to organizations, institutions, sites, and/or persons that are relevant to the course topic.  DIS makes use of the rich resources of Copenhagen for field visits to companies, galleries, parliament, TV stations, urban development projects, museums, and more. Field studies are typically a half-day excursion, tied to one or more class assignments.

Study Tours

DIS includes study tours for all students as part of the academic experience. There are two types of study tours: the obligatory program-integrated study tours and the optional, but credit-bearing, study tours. Study tours allow you to approach your area of study in a hands-on and experiential manner, combining theory with real-life experience and cultural perspective.  They also give you the chance to see Europe in a meaningful way and to visit people and places to which you would never otherwise have access.

DIS places significant emphasis on study tours as a fully integrated component of the academic study abroad programs.  Study tours are faculty-led, academic tours where student attendance is required.  A core course at DIS includes two course-integrated study tours: a short tour in Denmark and a longer tour to a European destination relevant to the core course content.

The program study tours form an intense combination of academic and cultural exploration and experiences, socializing, and fun.  You will visit course-relevant sites such as (depending on the program of your choice) famous art collections, European Union institutions, multinational companies, schools and kindergartens, architecture and design projects, university hospitals, media headquarters, NGOs, minority groups, and many more.  Plus, you will meet important actors in your field of study.  Work performed during the tours forms the basis of course assignments.

The optional study tours at DIS are also academic and embedded in a one-credit companion course, which you must take should you want to participate in the optional study tour.  This is to ensure quality and depth of the tour.  Optional study tours include trips to Turkey to study the meeting of western and eastern culture, Greenland to examine climate change, Rome to study classical civilization, as well as many more destinations and topics of exploration.  Optional study tours come at an additional fee but are subsidized by DIS.

Grades count toward an Elon GPA.

Study abroad courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis, regardless of the host institution's policy.

To see course listings for this semester program, click here. 

Additional information about course equivalents for this program is available through the GEC website (Elon password required).

General Program Dates

Fall semester – late August to mid-December
Spring semester – mid-January to mid-May


Costs for study abroad vary program to program and will not be exactly the same as on-campus costs of attendance at Elon.

For cost information for this program, please see the budget sheets:

Scholarships/Travel Grants

Need-based scholarships are available for Elon semester programs through the GEC.  For additional information on scholarships or other funding for study abroad, see the Funding for Study Abroad page.

If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your study abroad program.  Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.

DIS offers several different semester scholarships of various amounts. For more information on DIS scholarships, please visit


DIS guarantees housing to all students who request DIS-arranged housing.   Students have several different options: Danish family, Kollegium, Danish Roommate, Folkehøjskole, living learning communities, and the DIS residential community.  Detailed information about each housing option is available on the DIS website.  All housing options, host families, and roommates are vetted by DIS.


Students must complete the online Elon University study abroad application by the published deadline.  See the Deadline and Events Calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information.  Applications are generally accepted one semester in advance.

Initial approval is granted by Elon, and final acceptance is granted by DIS.


A successful semester abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation.  Students will participate in a series of mandatory orientations during the semester prior to studying abroad.  These orientations will address issues of academic, cultural, logistical, financial, and personal preparation, as well as health and safety.  Failure to participate in the required orientations will result in dismissal from the program.  Any financial losses incurred by this dismissal, including program fees and international airfare, are the student's full responsibility.

Click here for the semester programs pre-departure orientation schedule.

Additional Information and Links

Want to know more?  Join the GEC Facebook page to chat with alumni and prospective students and receive study abroad updates.

Read the blogs of DIS students.

Study Abroad Student Ambassadors (SASAs) are GEC student representatives who have participated in one or more study abroad programs, and have been trained to speak about their experiences. You can be in touch with current SASAs via email, or contact past study abroad participants who have attended your program. They are looking forward to hearing from you!

Embassies and Consulates
Embassy of Denmark in D.C. 
U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen

Copenhagen Airport

Local Travel and Tourism
City of Copenhagen
Danish Rail
Copenhagen Metro

GLBTQ Resources
LGBT Danmark
BLUS (Copenhagen LGBTQ Student Organization)



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One of the main reasons I chose to study at DIS was because of the excellent public health program offered. I had hopes that coming to Copenhagen, a main international center for Public Health, would confirm that Public Health Studies was the right major for me. My core course, Health Delivery and Prioritization in Northern Europe, has been the one class that reassured me of this decision. I have learned a lot about Public Health in the class lectures, in the readings, and during the short and long study tours. The topics we discussed during the semester were thought provoking and I found them to be interesting – topics I would want to continue my education learning about. On top of being able to visit Latvia and Finland and experiencing their healthcare systems, my eyes were opened to the varying organizational and operational structures of the healthcare systems in different countries. Before coming to Denmark, I had never thought about the different health care systems that exist around the world, and was just familiar with the system in the US. The vast amount of research that can be done with the register-based system where all Denmark citizens are given a CPR number is incredible. Thinking of the future, I realized how having access to the Danish registers for research purposes would be beneficial for me in graduate school research.
     — Abby Moylan, Fall 2014
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 09/18/2014
Rolling Admission 01/17/2015 05/18/2015
Fall 2015 02/19/2015
Rolling Admission 08/15/2015 12/13/2015
Academic Year 2015-2016 02/19/2015
02/19/2015 TBA TBA
Spring 2016 09/17/2015 ** Rolling Admission 01/16/2016 05/17/2016
NOTE: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling and space-available basis within two weeks of submission.

The start dates and end dates listed reflect the dates students are expected to arrive in and depart from the host location and reflect the best information available to the Global Education Center. Please do not purchase plane tickets based on these dates. Individual programs will provide updates after your acceptance to the program.

Please view the Semester Deadlines page for more information.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis and applicants will be notified of their application status within two weeks of submission.

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