DIS: Danish Institute for Study Abroad

  • Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Minimum GPA: 2.7
  • Class Eligibility: juniors and seniors


DIS is located in the very center of Copenhagen, offering unique access to extensive national educational resources. Within walking distance are  the main universities and research libraries of the country, parliament, government offices, European Union agencies, and Denmark’s Central Bank; superb art collections and the national museums of history and natural history; historic cathedrals and beautiful castles; the Royal Theater; national media editorial offices; and international company headquarters. The DIS program is privileged to be able to utilize these resources for a strong hands-on complement to classroom learning. Students should be aware that in Copenhagen, because it is so far north, during the winter months, there are very few ‘daylight’ hours. The sun may not rise until 10am and may set as early as 3:15pm. In the summer, conversely, there are only a couple hours of dark each day.

  • Visa:

    All fall, spring, or full year students who will be living in Denmark for longer than three months and do not hold a passport from a European Union member country, Iceland or Norway need a residence permit.  Students who are considered ‘visa free’ will enter Denmark as tourists and will apply for a Danish residence permit after arrival in Copenhagen.  A visa-free student is any student who holds a U.S. passport or if from another country that is exempt from the requirement of having an entrance visa to enter Denmark.

    Once in Denmark, all visa free students will apply for a residence permit – upon arrival you will receive the necessary application/paperwork and there will be an orientation session that will offer assistance in completing the application.  Immigration Service will arrange for special hours for this processing and residence permits will be processed on the spot.

    Students who are NOT considered visa free (i.e. you need a visa to even enter Denmark), will need to apply for a residence permit prior to departure from Copenhagen.  Once we have received your passport number, the DIS North American Office will be direct communication about your next step.

    Denmark is unique in that with the residence permit, students can work both for DIS and for anywhere else in the country: they have the same right to work as a Danish citizen.

       Additional Visa Information
  • Fees: Students pay Haverford tuition only to Haverford College. Haverford will then be responsible for submitting payments to the program.

  • Requirements

    Juniors and seniors with at least a 2.7 GPA (exceptions may be made) may apply. Specific prerequisites exist for some courses – check the full course list. Students must enroll in Danish 1 and 2 to fulfill the Haverford language requirement. The application requirements can be found on the DIS website.

    Academic Credit

    Semester students take 15 credits. Most courses carry 3 credits, but a few grant 1, 2 or 6 credits. Students are required to take a Danish language course. Only the intensive Danish section fulfills the language requirement. Major, minor, and concentration transfer credit will only be granted for courses in which students received a grade of a C or above.


    The courses at DIS are organized in a number of core academic programs offered as one-semester, full-year and/or summer options. When enrolling at DIS, you select and enroll in one of these programs. This means that students take the one or two required core courses of the program and participate in the program-related study tours (trips). Beyond these requirements, students are free to select any combination of courses across the various programs. Free use of textbooks, required study tours, comprehensive medical, accident, and liability insurance, airport pick-up, and some social/cultural events are included in the tuition fee.

    Course Highlights

    Architecture & Design, Biomedicine, Child Diversity & Development, Communication & Media, Computer Science, Education/Educational Studies, European Humanities, European Politics, Global Economics, Interior Architecture, International Business, Justice & Human Rights, Medical Practice & Policy, Migration & Conflict, Pre-Architecture, Pre Law, Psychology, Public Health, Environmental Science, Sociology, Sustainability in Europe. Courses are offered in Pre-Architecture, Architecture, Art History, Biology, Business, Child Development, Communication, Criminal Justice, Design, Drama History, Global Economics, Education, Environmental Studies, Sustainability in Europe, Ethics, Film Studies, Finance, Fine Arts, Furniture Design, Gender Studies, Genetics, Graphic Design, Health Studies, European Culture and History, European Politics & Society Industrial Design, Interior Design, International Business, International Relations, Language, Law, Literature, Management, Marketing, Media Studies, Medical Studies, Medical Practice and Policy, Migration and Identity, Minority Studies, Music, Nursing, Philosophy, Political Science, Pre-Architecture, Pre-Law, Pre-Med, Psychology, Public Health, Public Policy and Urban Studies, Religious Studies, Russian Studies, Sociology, Studio Arts, Textile Design, and Zoology

    Note: Changes occur frequently. Students are responsible for finding the classes they need and consulting the official site of the institution.

    Review the Full Academic Requirements for Studying Abroad

  • Non-Academic Overview

    Orientation: The orientation program, held the first week of the program, provides students with all necessary academic and practical information. Information meetings introduce students to Danish culture, politics, and society. Part of each day will be reserved for a “crash course” in the Danish language, and some free-time will be allotted in order to allow students to take care of practical details.

    Number of Students: 650 to 800 students per semester.

    Housing/Meal Plans

    Three options for housing with DIS. All options include the cost of transportation to and from school in the comprehensive housing fee. DIS includes a $600 food stipend for all options except the family stay:

    1. Family Stay: all meals included

    2. Kollegium (dorms): shared kitchen (responsible for own meals)

    3. Danish Folkehojskole Stay (similar to a campus of a small liberal arts college):  shared kitchen or can sign up for a meal plan

    Haverford students may not opt for independent off-campus housing – that is, housing not arranged by the program.

    Opportunities / Cultural Events

    Field Trips: DIS offers several day trips and activities as well as longer Adventure Trips in addition to the aforementioned study tours. Unlike the study tours, these trips are not included in the tuition and carry an additional fee. Outdoor Adventure Trips are not embedded in a course and do not yield any credits. They are purely fun and, well … full of adventures and activities! Two of the trips, the Academic Adventure Trips, to Samsø and southern France, do offer a learning experience! Students focus on a theme and gain more insight on the destination. Other Adventure Trip options include Bornholm Bike Trip, Czech Trek, Explore the Norway Fjords, Portugal: Surf the Atlantic, and more! DIS subsidizes the trips by 15 percent of the cost on average. Day trips are grouped into four categories: DIScover Nature, Culinary Adventures, Cultural Explorations, and Entertaining Outings.

    Sports: Baseball, basketball, football (Am.) hockey, lacrosse, rowing, rugby, softball, ultimate, volleyball.


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  • Semester/Year
  • Fulfills Language Requirement
  • Semester I: Late August – late December
  • Semester II: Mid-January – late May
  • Year: Late August to late May
Application Deadlines
  • Semester I: February 25
  • Semester II: October 5
  • Year: February 25
Faculty Contact

Phil Meneely

Gary McDonough

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