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  • Locations: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Program Sponsor: CCIS 
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Advisor: Stephen Ferst Advisor Email:
Minimum GPA: 3.0 Class Standing: 3 Junior, 4 Senior, 6 Non-Matriculated
Min Required Number of College Credits Completed in Order to Apply: 36 Language of Instruction: English
Housing Option: Apartment, Dorm, Homestay, Independent Housing Program Open to: CSI Students, Non-CUNY Students, Other CUNY Students
Program Description:

Overview | Studying | Living | Exploring | Eligibility | Dates & Costs


Spend your term abroad in the premier capital of Northern Europe - Scandinavia's most fantastic city and the center of the most dynamic region in Europe, the Øresund Region. Copenhagen is one of Europe's oldest capitals with an exclusive royal touch - the monarchy in Denmark is the oldest in the world. Because of the fascinating architecture, many parks, and gourmet restaurants, Copenhagen has been christened the best city for livability, sustainability and many other factors in all of Europe. You can spend your summer or semester finding out why and exploring everything this city has to offer, while earning credit towards your degree!

DIS Study Abroad in Scandinavia, founded in 1959, has 50 years of experience in offering high quality study abroad programming in Copenhagen, taught in English for upper-level U.S. undergraduate students. Your time in this vibrant city will be supported by an excellent team of faculty and staff who lead you on program excursions and help you to make the most of your time abroad, whether for the summer or a full semester.


Courses are taught in English and designed for upper level undergraduates (3rd-4th year). One great perk at DIS – you build your own curriculum. You choose a core course from among the 14 different programs available and select your electives from among the more than 100 courses taught at DIS. Unique among European study abroad programs, DIS places significant emphasis on study tours as a fully integrated component of the academic program, so a travel component within the course structure is a guaranteed part of your experience. 

Semester Academic Program

Semester program students must take at least 12 credits and may take up to 18, including no more than five 3- credit classes (or three 3-credit and one 6-credit class).

Note: A Danish language course is required so that you get the full benefit of living in the culture, though no language prerequisite is needed to apply.

Semester Programs Offered:
  • Architecture & Design
  • Biomedicine
  • Child Development & Diversity
  • Communication
  • Computer Science
  • Environmental Science of the Arctic
  • European Humanities
  • European Politics
  • Furniture Design
  • Gender & Sexuality Studies
  • Global Economics
  • Graphic Design
  • International Business
  • Justice & Human Rights
  • Medical Practice & Policy
  • Neuroscience
  • Prostitution & the Sex Trade
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Sociology
  • Sustainability
  • Urban Studies
Use the DIS Course Finder to view syllabi and course descriptions.

Summer Academic Program

DIS offers 3-week 3-credit and 4-week 4-credit courses within a variety of academic fields. Students can choose to enroll in one course for 3-4 credits in each session. In Session I, the courses run for 3 weeks in Copenhagen. In Session II and III, the courses include a 5-day study tour in Europe.

The Architecture & Design Program offers seven unique summer design programs to explore the essential nature of world-renowned Danish architecture and design. Architecture, Architecture Foundations, Graphic Design, Graphic Design Foundations, Interior Architecture, and Urban Design programs offer 7 credits: 6-credit studio course including study tour and 1-credit Visual Journal course. Furniture Design in Scandinavia offers 9 credits: 6-credit studio including study tour and 3-credit lecture course.

Session I (3 weeks, 3 credits)
  • Anthropology of Food, The
  • Behavioral Economics: European Case Studies
  • Business Start-up + Business Start-up Lab (Note: This course runs over Session 1 and Session 2, for 6 credits total)
  • Children with Special Needs
  • Corporate Social Responsibility: Business or Ethics?
  • Enemy Within, The: Spies, Espionage, and the Cold War
  • Environmental Philosophy
  • Health Delivery and Prioritization
  • Human Health and Disease: A Clinical Approach
  • Human Trafficking in a Global Context
  • Meaning of Style
  • Neuroscience of Personal Identity
  • New Media and Changing Communities
  • Nordic Art in the Studio
  • Positive Psychology
  • Psychology of Criminal Behavior
  • Psychology of Human Sexuality
  • Social Brain, The: The Neuropsychology of Social Behaviors
  • Sports Medicine: Performance and Fatigue
  • Stolen Childhoods: Migrant and Refugee Children in Europe
  • Storytelling Through Photography
  • Strategies for Urban Livability
Session II (3 weeks, 3 credits)
  • Business Start-up  + Business Start-up Lab, Study Tour: Helsinki-Stockholm (Note: This course runs over Session 1 and Session 2, for 6 credits.)
  • Children in a Multicultural Context, Study Tour: London
  • Climate Change and Glacier Modeling, Study Tour: Iceland
  • Cognitive Neuroscience of Fear: From Animal to Human Models, Study Tour: Munich
  • Cross-Cultural Communication, Study Tour: Belfast-Dublin
  • Cross-Cultural Psychology, Study Tour: Berlin
  • Emerging Markets, Study Tour: Riga
  • European Clinical Psychology, Study Tour: Vienna
  • Food and Identity, Study Tour: Barcelona
  • Gender and Sexuality in Scandinavia, Study Tour: Stockholm
  • Globalization and European Economies, Study Tour: Luxembourg-Munich
  • Human Health and Disease: A Clinical Approach, Study Tour: Berlin | Vienna
  • Medical Biotechnology and Drug Development, Study Tour: Edinburgh
  • Positive Psychology, Study Tour: Scotland
  • Prostitution and The Sex Trade, Study Tour: Amsterdam
  • Public Health in the Arctic, Study Tour: Karasjok-Tromsø
  • Renewable Energy Systems, Study Tour: Germany
  • Roskilde Festival: Community, Culture, and Creativity, Study Tour: Roskilde Music Festival Note: Course runs to July 2 due to festival dates
  • Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism from a European Perspective, Study Tour: London-Oslo
  • Visual Culture of Cities, Study Tour: Berlin
Session III (4 weeks, 4 credits)
  • Arctic Ecology, Study Tour: Svalbard
  • Bicycle Urbanism, Study Tour: Netherlands
  • Child Development: Theory and Practice, Study Tour: Finland
  • European Genocides, Study Tour: Poland
  • European Greenspace, Study Tour: Essen (European Green Capital 2017)
  • Sex Education and Sexual Reform in Europe, Study Tour: Berlin
  • Wind Turbines Constructed: Energy in Scandinavia, Study Tour: Germany
  • World of Vikings, The: Facts, Fiction, and Fantasy, Study Tour: Iceland
For the updated summer course list and course descriptions, visit ?


Semester Housing Options: You will have 6 different housing options to choose from, which range from living with a host family, to having a Danish roommate, or even to living with other DIS students in apartments in the city.

Summer Housing Options: Program participants may choose between 1) living with other DIS students in a DIS Residential Community or 2) sharing a European-type student residence hall (Kollegium) with Danish or other international students from various universities and colleges. For more information about housing, visit


In addition to your study tour incorporated in the program itself, Copenhagen has so much to see within the city limits. Your new home is most famous for the beautiful docksides you can wander along. There are plenty of stores, large malls, restaurants, and cafes. Many people travel to Copenhagen to visit the famous Tivoli amusement park, Copenhagen Zoo, or The Blue Planet, Northern Europe's largest aquarium. As the home to the world's oldest monarchy, there are a number of beautiful castles to venture to and a multitude of islands to explore. As a coastal town, the shoreline hosts the well-known sculpture that depicts the protagonist of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale "The Little Mermaid." In the warmer months, you can venture to the many beaches around the city. And this is only the beginning of the explorations you can have while abroad!


Juniors and Seniors with a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. For the summer Architecture & Design program, students must be enrolled at a professional school or department of architecture or design. 

Dates & Costs

Below you will find the current dates and costs for all terms available.  Please note all dates are subject to change.
    CCIS Schools Non-CCIS Schools
Fall 2019 August 17-December 14, 2019 $25,210 $25,610
Spring 2020 January 11 - May 9, 2020 $25,210 $25,610
Summer 2019 Session I (3 credits) May 20 - June 8 $4,490 $4,890
Summer 2019 Session II (3 credits) June 11 - July 2 $5,740 $6,140
Summer 2019 Session III (4 credits) July 4 - August 2 $6,680 $7,080
Summer 2019 Session I & II May 22 - July 2 $8,590 $8,990
Summer 2019 Session II & III June 11 - August 2 $10,520 $10,920
Summer 2019 Session I, II, & III May 20 - August 2 $12,800 $13,200
Summer 2019 Architecture & Design (7 credits) June 11 - August 2 $10,650 $11,050

Semester Program Cost includes: Tuition, Housing, partial board, and local transportation between DIS and housing, Administrative fees, International Medical and Travel Insurance, Orientation in U.S. & Denmark, Danish Residence Permit, Textbook rental, Program-integrated study tours and course-integrated field studies.
Semester Estimated Additional Costs: Airfare $1,200-1,500, Other Meals (for non-host family, after DIS stipend) $1,600 –2,200, Personal Expenses $1,500-$3,000, Optional Study Tour and DIScover Trip $0-$1,395 per trip 

Summer Program Cost Includes: Instructional cost abroad, housing and partial meal, DIS Student Affairs Fee , textbook and photo copies, field study events, study tours, personal e-mail account and internet access, compensation for local commuting, and administrative fees, orientation, sickness and accident insurance.
Summer Estimated Additional Costs: Airfare: $1,000-$1,500, Other Meals: $100 per week, Personal Expenses $100 per week, Optional DIScovery Trips (Session I only) TBA

DIS provides scholarships based on need and diversity. Find more information and apply here.

Typical deadlines are as follows:
Summer: March 15
Fall: March 15
Spring: October 1 - Extended to November 1
Please see below for application cycles currently open, and any applicable extensions.


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 11/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer 2020 04/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates a rolling admission application cycle where applicants will be accepted into the program within two to three weeks after application is received and do not have to wait for the application deadline for notification.