Study Abroad

DIS: Study Abroad in Scandinavia

  • Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Class Eligibility: Juniors


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 DIS has received your passport number, the DIS North American Office will be direct communication about your next step.

    Non-US citizens should consult with DIS and Denise Allison, Director of International Student Services, before applying to the program.

    Additional Visa Information
  • Fees: Students pay Haverford tuition only to Haverford College. Haverford will then be responsible for submitting payments to the program. Students pay room and board fees directly to DIS.

Specific prerequisites exist for some courses – check the full course list. Students must enroll in the intensive Danish I & II course to fulfill the Haverford language requirement.

Direct Enrollment

Dean Mancini can directly admit students to the DIS Copenhagen program. Follow the instructions for the Preliminary Application. Within a few days, you will be sent the DIS Registration instructions via email.

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 I & II 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.

Students also have the opportunity to take select courses at the Royal Danish Academy of Music (RDAM). Please visit the DIS website for more information on these course offerings.

Course Highlights

Advertising, Anthropology, Architecture, Art History, Biology, Biomedicine/Biotechnology, Business, Child Development, Classics, Communication, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Criminology/Criminal Justice, Design, Economics, Education/Educational Studies, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Ethics, Ethnic Studies, Family Studies, Fashion Studies, Film Studies, Finance, Gender Studies, Geography, Geology, Graphic Design, History, Human Development, Human Rights, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture, Interior Design, International Relations, Journalism, Landscape Architecture, Language, Leadership Studies, Legal Studies, Literature, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Media Studies, Music, Neuroscience, Organizational Behavior, Philosophy, Photography, Political Science, Pre-Medicine/Health Science, Psychology, Public Health, Public Policy, Public Relations, Religious Studies, Rhetoric, Sociology, Studio Art, Sustainability, Urban Design, Urban Studies, Visual Arts, Youth Studies

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


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

About 1,200 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 food stipend for all options except the homestay:

1. Homestay: 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, some meals provided

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

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Apply to Study Abroad!

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  • Program List


  • Semester/Year
  • Science/Math/Pre-Health/CompSci Approved
  • Fulfills Language Requirement


  • Semester I: Late August – late December
  • Semester II: Mid-January – late May

Application Deadlines

  • Semester I: March 15
  • Semester II: October 1

Faculty Contact

Phil Meneely

Gary McDonough

Linda Gerstein

Ying Li

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