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 communications, history, international business, political science, and psychology. All courses are taught in English. Summer courses are offered in three, consecutive sessions. Students can enroll in one, two, or all three of these sessions.
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.
During the second session, the courses include a five-day study tour in Scandinavia or Europe.
Grades count toward an Elon GPA.
The course(s) also satisfy(ies) the Experiential Learning Requirement for the General Studies requirement.
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 program.
Additional information about course equivalents for this program is available through the GEC website (Elon password required).
Session II - mid-June to early July
Session III - early July to early August
Students are required to arrive on/by the first day of the program and be in attendance until the final day. Consult the program calendar for complete details.
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 view the Summer Budget Sheet.
GEC Access Scholarships are designed to help provide access for all undergraduate students to participate in an Elon-approved Global Engagement (study abroad or Study USA) program. The application for a GEC Access Scholarship is a questionnaire embedded in the outgoing program application--there is no external application. Please see the GEC Access Scholarship brochure for information on eligibility, conditions, and notification.
For additional information on scholarships or other funding for global engagement, see the Financial Planning for Global Study page.
Students can apply for summer financial aid through Elon University in person in the Office of Financial Planning in the spring semester. Summer financial aid applications are due May 1.
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 global engagement program. Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.
DIS guarantees housing to all students who request DIS-arranged housing. During the summer, the two housing options are in a kollegium or in one of the DIS Residential Communities. Kollegium is Danish for a student residence hall, and this option combines independence with immersion in Danish culture by living side-by-side with Danes and international students. In most cases students will have their own rooms with a private bathroom and share a common kitchen with about 15 other students. In some kollegiums students will share an apartment, including a bathroom and a private kitchen, with another DIS student, and in some students live in a single room with a kitchenette and bathroom.
In the DIS Residential Community students live with other DIS students in a DIS housing facility. The facilities are all relatively centrally located and furnished. The sizes vary, and two or more students often share a room. Students will either share a kitchenette and a bathroom with their roommates or share a common kitchen and bathrooms with fellow DIS students living in the same building.
While homestays are not available to students in the summer, students can sign up for the visiting family program. This program enables students to spend an evening, a day, or more with a Danish family.
Students receive a small food stipend to help cover the cost of groceries. This will not cover full expenses for food during a student's stay in Copenhagen.
Application deadline information is available on the Deadlines and Events Calendar.
A successful semester and summer 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.
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Contact Global Ambassadors to learn more from global engagement alumni. Global Ambassadors are GEC student representatives that have participated in one or more study abroad or Study USA programs and have been trained to help you prepare for your own global engagement. They are looking forward to hearing from you!
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|Summer||2020||02/13/2020 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
NOTE: Below are the application deadlines for this program.
Early Action Period: October 8 to 11:59 p.m., November 14. Students that would like an early answer on their application status and scholarship support may apply Early Action. Students that apply Early Action will be notified of their status by December 3 and GEC Access Scholarship support by January.
Revision Period begins December 3. Students that applied Early Action and are assigned the status "revise and resubmit" or are waitlisted may revise and resubmit their application, submit a change form in Global Commons 360 to switch into an open program, or defer their application to the spring term.
Rolling Period: December 6 to 11:59 p.m., February 13. Applications submitted within these dates will be reviewed within two weeks of submission in the order received as space is available. Students must complete the GEC Access Scholarship questionnaire by February 13 to guarantee consideration. Students will be notified of GEC Access Scholarship support by March.
All applications for this program, whether submitted Early Action or Rolling, are non-binding until the deposit credit deadline, April 9. Please view the deadlines page for payment and cancellation information.
The start date and end date 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.
** 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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