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.
DIS Study Abroad in Scandinavia (DIS) is a study abroad institution with locations in Copenhagen and Stockholm. DIS Copenhagen is located in the heart of the Danish capital. 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 biology, communications, history, international business, political science, and psychology. All courses are taught in English.
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.
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.
View course listings for this semester program.
Additional information about course equivalents for this program is available through the GEC website (Elon password required).
General Program Dates
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:
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 the DIS website.
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.
View the pre-departure orientation schedule for the semester programs .
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