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Denmark: Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS)
Copenhagen, Denmark (Outgoing Program)
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Gen Eds (UAlbany): You may file a request to have any course approved, Courses in areas mentioned below have been approved for UA students, Foreign Language, International Perspectives SUNY code: 045
Program Description:

Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS)


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Program Information

The Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) is a Danish non-profit study abroad institution in Copenhagen offering semester, academic year, and summer programs taught in English. Established in 1959, DIS has over 50 years of experience in the field of international education and is one of the leading study abroad institutions in Europe designed for American, Canadian, Australian, and other English-speaking university students. DIS offers an extensive curriculum taught in English in a wide variety of fields.

Visit the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) website at


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. Applications are welcome from students in all majors.



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DIS offers an extensive curriculum taught in English during the semester in communication, psychology, education, child development, humanities and social sciences, biotechnology & biomedicine, marine & environmental studies, business, medical practice & policy, and architecture and design. DIS also offers a variety of summer courses in humanities, social sciences, architecture and various design courses, medical practice & policy, public health, and business. New as of Summer 2014: 4 week, 4 credit summer courses at DIS!! 3 week, 3 credit options AND 7 week Architecture & Design program available as well.

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.

General Education Information for UAlbany students: credits earned on this program will automatically satisfy the International Perspectives requirement. No additional approval is required for you to earn these General Education credits.  You may file a request to have additional courses approved.

Support Services

UAlbany hosts a general orientation session on campus during the semester prior to participation on the program. In addition, DIS organizes an on-site orientation to provide information and advice for international students. The orientation provides practical information regarding life in Copenhagen, serves as an introduction to the relevant academic and administrative offices at DIS, and offers basic instruction in the native language, Danish.

Students enrolled at DIS have comprehensive health, accident and personal liability insurance coverage by a combination of the Danish national health service system and a policy of the 'Europæiske' Insurance Company.



Copenhagen Bicycle Students studying at DIS for a full semester can choose from a number of different housing options with DIS including:
  • Danish host family
  • Kollegium (student residence hall)*
  • Folkehojskole (living on the rural campus of a small liberal arts school)
  • Danish roommate (sharing an apartment with a young Dane
  • Shared DIS housing (living with other DIS students in a shared DIS housing facility)*
Or, students can opt to arrange their own independent housing arrangements without assistance from DIS.

*NOTE: Students participating in DIS's summer courses have only two housing options: Kollegium or shared DIS housing.*


DIS offers automatic scholarships for SUNY students! Please download the most recent estimate of costs here: Cost Estimate for Denmark DIS Summer 2015 OR Cost Estimate for Denmark DIS Fall 2015 or Spring 2016.

Click here for more information on Program Costs and Financial Aid.



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.

Kelly Black (psychology major) was chosen from a large pool of applicants to represent the Psychology academic program at DIS and will be blogging about all of her different experiences during her academic year 2013-14 at DIS, ranging from classes, field studies & study tour visits to getting to know Danes and exploring Copenhagen. Please see her blog at

You can also see other student bloggers on the DIS Student Bloggers page,   Here is also a link to the full video Benefits of Studying Abroad at DIS, and a shortened version of Why Copenhagen?

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 10/08/2014
Rolling Admission 01/16/2015 05/17/2015
NOTE: Insurance dates: 1/1/2015-6/1/2015 MEDEX only
Fall 2015 04/01/2015 04/15/2015 08/15/2015 12/13/2015
NOTE: Students will be assigned a specific mandatory arrival day by DIS after acceptance. DIS housing closes at noon on 12/13/2015. Insurance dates: 8/14/2015-12/14/2015 MEDEX only
Summer 2015 04/01/2015 ** Rolling Admission 05/25/2015 08/01/2015
NOTE: DIS Session 1 = 5/25/15-6/13/15; DIS Session 2 = 6/15/15-7/4/15; DIS Session 3 = 7/6/2015-8/1/2015; Architecture = 6/15/15-8/1/15 Insurance dates: DIS Session 1 = 5/23/15-6/23/15; DIS Session 2 = 6/13/15-7/13/15; DIS Session 3 = 7/4/15-8/4/15; Architecture = 6/13/15-8/13/15 MEDEX only
Academic Year 2015-2016 04/01/2015 04/15/2015 08/15/2015 05/17/2016
NOTE: Students will be assigned a specific mandatory arrival day by DIS after acceptance. DIS housing closes at noon on 5/17/2016. Insurance dates: 8/14/2015-6/14/2016 MEDEX only
Spring 2016 10/01/2015 10/15/2015 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed