Study Abroad in Scandinavia (DIS Copenhagen)
*Copenhagen is known for an iconic view of colorful buildings alongside a waterfront. As the capital of Denmark, it offers much more than iconic views of canals and beautiful architecture. Copenhagen is known for its healthy mix of history and modernity, as well as its friendly vibe and its welcoming local population. Regardless of what you are looking for, Copenhagen is full of opportunities to connect with history and explore your future.
*Academics at DIS are separated into 25 different programs all contained in this section – each one of the programs focuses on a specific academic field or discipline
Your program at DIS is determined by your choice of a core course (you choose only one)
Core courses include a week-long Program Study Tour to a European destination and a Core Course Week, comprised of a two-day seminar in Copenhagen and three-day short study tour. Both study tours are faculty-led and integrated into the core course curriculum. Some core courses offer multiple study tour options and we do our best to match you with your first preference
Once you have chosen your core course, and therefore program, you are free to choose from over 200 elective courses on offer. This allows you to focus on your major or diversify your studies.
Course Descriptions and Syllabi
DIS Copenhagen offers an extensive curriculum taught in English!
Study tours in Denmark, Europe, and beyond are included. DIS uses a U.S. style grading system. UAlbany awards the same number of credits and the same grades as DIS.
Review DIS’s website for more information regarding course offerings.
General Education Information for UAlbany Students
Credits earned on this program will automatically satisfy the International Perspectives requirement. Three credits of foreign language study will satisfy the Foreign Language requirement. No additional approval is required for you to earn these general elective credits.
Major/Minor Information for UAlbany Students
Courses may also satisfy major and minor requirements, upon approval by the department.
All courses taken abroad count towards UAlbany General Elective credits. Credits and grades will appear on your UAlbany transcript. You may file a request to have additional courses approved for equivalency as necessary.
You will have professors and instructors from a variety of backgrounds. Learn about each of them online here.
When you study at DIS Copenhagen for a full semester, you can choose from a number of different housing options with DIS including:
- Residential Community
- Kollegium (student residence hall)*
- Living & Learning Community
Or, you can opt to arrange your own independent housing arrangements without assistance from DIS. More information and details about housing can be found online.
Depending on your housing selection, a food stipend may be included. Otherwise, there are many restaurants and grocery stores in the area. Also, two meals per day are provided if you live in a homestay.
ESTIMATE OF COSTS
Click for more information on Program Costs and Financial Aid.
Remember to speak with the Office of Financial Aid at your home campus to determine how your aid package could apply towards your program abroad.
This study abroad option is open to SUNY students only. Non-SUNY students should contact DIS directly to apply. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors with at least a 3.0 GPA are eligible to participate. You must have completed 3 semesters of college level coursework to apply. Applications are welcome from students in all majors.
Program Study Tours form a central part of your DIS academic experience, as you enroll in one core course for the semester which includes two course-integrated study tours.
Sign up for a 3-credit Elective Course Tour course, and delve into a specific topic in the classroom before traveling with your classmates and DIS faculty to a European destination. While traveling, your studies will come to life with visits to neighborhoods, museums, sites, and performances. With a DIS faculty member leading the study tour, you will have their knowledge and passion at your disposal.
All DIS core and elective courses engage you in academic and cultural learning and allow you to pursue your academic goals. However, pursue these additional academic opportunities to enrich your study abroad experience even more.
Student Clubs and Organizations
Pursue a passion and join a club or sports team with Copenhageners, exchange cultural perspectives with a Visiting Host, stop by Studenterhuset for a game of foosball, give back to the community by volunteering, learn to speak some Danish, and end the semester calling Denmark a second home. By going the extra mile and building your network, you may even open up possibilities for an international career after graduation.
Most financial aid and academic awards will apply to semester programs.
External scholarships, listed on our website, are a good way to partially fund your study abroad experience. In addition, the Center for International Education and Global Strategy offers two scholarship programs for UAlbany students studying abroad on UAlbany or 4-year SUNY programs.
More information on applying to these scholarships is located on the Scholarships web page.
In Their Own Words
“I had the most unbelievably amazing study abroad experience and I don’t think I could have picked a better study abroad program than DIS or a better city to study in than Copenhagen. It was an experience I will treasure for the rest of my life. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in studying abroad in Scandinavia. I lived right in the heart of the city only a 5 minute walk away from classes, the professors were wonderful and the program even takes you to other countries so that you don’t have to organize all the travel on your own. I did a lot of traveling both within Europe and within Denmark. I also had a visiting host family, where instead of living with them I see them once a week and have dinner with them or take a trip with them. It’s a wonderful alternative to regular host families in that you get to live in the city with other students your own age but can still have the culturally immersive experience of spending time with a Danish family. This is the only study abroad program I have ever seen that does this. I had the most unforgettable time and thank you for all that you have done to make me going to Denmark a reality.” -Jeremy Frank, International Studies major
“Studying Abroad changed my life and set me on a new career path. I met so many great people and made so many dear friends. I can not wait to see what the future holds for me and thanks to going abroad I now have a better idea of what that might be.” – Joshua Anthony, Globalization Studies
“Studying abroad in Denmark was a once in a lifetime experience I would never want to take back. It taught me the importance of seeing the world and how different cultures live. It was truly eye opening and life changing. It was so easy to get around by plane in Europe, so it was amazing to be able to travel to different countries on the weekend. Be prepared to be exhausted! But so worth it.” – Jaclyn Lischak, Psychology major
What Do DIS Alumni Say?
- 98% said that the emphasis on experiential learning at DIS was an especially valuable dimension of their college learning experience
- 96% see the world from a more global perspective
- 95% gained better insight into themselves
- 91% discovered new insights related to their major
You can also see other student bloggers on the DIS Student Bloggers page.
About the City
Denmark, the smallest and most southern Scandinavian country, is a mix of rural and urban with ancient castles and modern designs found throughout. The official language spoken in Denmark is Danish, though many Danes are fluent in English and German as well, providing students with opportunities to gain language proficiency and explore cultural differences. Situated in close proximity to Germany, Sweden, Norway and several other European countries, Denmark offers a great location for students interested in exploring Northern Europe.
Founded in the twelfth century, Copenhagen combines the old world charm of its medieval beginnings with the vitality of a modern European metropolis. Located at the entrance to the Baltic Sea and at the crossroads between Europe and Scandinavia, this city is truly international. It serves as home to the country’s governmental seat, main universities and libraries, museums of history and art, business headquarters, and cultural center.
A valid passport is required to participate in this program. You will need a residence permit for this program and DIS will assist you with the process. More information regarding the visa application process is available upon acceptance to the program.
Applications become available online one semester before the program start date, based on the following timeline:
- Spring programs: July
- Fall/Year programs: December
Academic Year 2023-24
8/18/2023 to 5/12/2024
8/18/2023 to 12/16/2023
1/13/2023 to 5/13/2023
Review the full DIS calendar online.
About the Program
DIS is a non-profit study abroad foundation established in Denmark in 1959, with locations in Copenhagen and Stockholm. DIS provides semester, academic year, and summer programs taught in English, and offers high-impact learning experiences for upper-division undergraduate students from distinguished North American colleges and universities. The intellectually challenging curriculum is broad, cutting edge, and enriched by experiential learning components, including faculty-led study tours across Europe. It provides students with opportunities for meaningful cultural engagement and personal growth, which is further enriched through housing and extracurricular offerings.
Check out the admitted student info page for more info.
Upon acceptance to the program, you will be required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation. During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet other program participants, discuss in-depth the details of your program, and prepare of the overall education abroad experience. The fall semester pre-departure orientation will be conducted the Saturday before the end of Spring UAlbany classes and in late November/early December for the spring term abroad.
Upon arrival at DIS, you will attend a mandatory program orientation. This is an important and informative set of sessions organized by International Office of your host university.
UAlbany’s Office of Education Abroad staff assists you during the application process, in your preparation to travel abroad, and on-site if necessary. DIS’s staff serve as an experienced resource for resolving issues that you may encounter in while abroad.