Qualified St. Lawrence University students have the opportunity to spend the semester or year in Copenhagen, studying at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS).  The DIS program offers students a rich educational and cross-cultural experience in the heart of Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark.  Through theory-based courses in Copenhagen, two course integrated study tours, and unique hands-on learning experiences students develop critical thinking skills and acquire new intercultural skills.

Each student will select a “core” required course, this course will determine the destinations of the long and short study tours.  In addition to the core course and required Danish language, students will select from a wide array of elective courses.  DIS encourages engagement with Danish culture through activities such as volunteering for a Buddy Network, the DIS ambassadors and athletics.

Please note that the number of students attending this program is limited and admission is highly competitive.  Meeting program application requirements does not guarantee acceptance and students should clearly articulate their academic rationale for study on the DIS program. It is strongly recommended that students considering applying discuss their plans in advance with a member of the CIIS staff.

  • Based in Copenhagen
  • Fall or Spring semester
  • Pre-requisites: one European Studies course or a course with significant European content (preferably with a focus on Western Europe) and additional requirements based on core course choice as well as a 3.0 GPA
  • Students must take Danish
  • Live with homestay families


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Copenhagen, Denmark's capital, is a European capital city in every sense of the word. The history of Copenhagen goes back more than 800 years, and every period has left its mark on it. It is the seat of Parliament and government, the center of the country's economic, scientific and cultural life, and has everything to offer in terms of music, entertainment, and nightlife. It is a modern city of one and a half million inhabitants, yet it still has a relaxed and welcoming small-town atmosphere that is rare among big cities.

The Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) Program offers students a rich educational and cross-cultural study abroad experience. Students have the chance not only to ‘see', but to discover and understand crucial global issues in a European context through participation in study tours in locations such as Belgium, Finland,  England, Germany, Poland, and Turkey.

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St. Lawrence students must:

  • Enroll in a full course load, 15 credit hours. 
  • Take Danish as one of their courses.

Students choose from one of the programs below. Most of the programs have one required core course, occasionally two are required. A student's choice of a particular core course automatically enrolls the student in the corresponding program. Students cannot take the core courses of two different programs.

Besides the program's core course(s) and Danish, students take electives. Generally, each course in Denmark is worth 3 credits, but DIS also offers many 1 credit courses. When looking up courses, students must pay close attention to the number of credits awarded in each course. Keep in mind that students must register for a minimum of 15 credits. This is not an overload.

DIS Program choices:

Please see the DIS website for further information on available courses.  
A list of courses at DIS that have been pre-approved by St. Lawrence can be found here. Please keep in mind that these are just the courses that have been preapproved, but students may enroll in other courses as well, and seek approval after they have been accepted.

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The DIS classes offer an exciting dimension: the integration of classroom teaching with field studies in and around Copenhagen. Most of the DIS courses have several field study events during the semester to add depth and perspective to the classroom teaching. 

In addition, each of the academic programs includes a 3-day course-related study tour (usually Denmark-Sweden-Germany) and a 1-week study tour to various locations in Europe. The field visits and study tours are conducted by DIS faculty and staff and form an intense, combination of academic exploration, socializing and fun. The field visits and the study tour for your academic program are included in the cost of the program. DIS offers other, optional study tours and adventure trips to several other countries, for an additional fee to be paid by the student.

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As with most SLU Study Abroad Programs, students are required to live with homestay families.  Living with a Danish family and taking part in its daily routines and conversations provides students with a unique and  valuable insight into Danish culture that they could not otherwise attain. It is the most popular housing option at DIS and ranks highest in student satisfaction.   

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Please click here to find the  Program Calendar.

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Pre-departure: The CIIS office organizes in depth orientation sessions on-campus prior to the students participation in the program. This includes program specific session(s) in which the students will learn more about the program, local culture, academic expectations, and other important information. There is also an orientation session lead by the CIIS office on culture shock, and what to expect, as well as safety and security while abroad.

On site: During the first week in Copenhagen students will participate in a three day arrival workshop. Students will be introduced to DIS, to Copenhagen, to Denmark and to all the facets of being an international student. Also, students are given some initial Danish instruction to help them get around during the first few days and to prepare them for the regular Danish language course they will take during the academic semester. 

Students are required to participate in all orientation activities - on campus and in Copenhagen.

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Program Contacts

If you are interested in learning more about the Denmark program please contact one of the following people.

CIIS OfficeKelley Lawson-Khalidi, Director of Off-Campus Programs - Questions about eligibility, program logistics, and other off-campus opportunities.

Peer Advisor: Bobbi Lesser, Denmark Spring 2014 - Questions about the student experience.

Faculty CoordinatorDr. Ana Estevez- Questions about program academics.

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