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DIS: Danish Institute for Study Abroad - Architecture

DIS: Danish Institute for Study Abroad - Architecture
Study in Copenhagen, Denmark's beautiful capital and a European capital city in every sense of the word.
Copenhagen, Denmark
Language of Instruction: 
Academic Year
Academic Disciplines: 
Architectural Engineering
Program Type: 
Semester or Academic Year
  • Study architecture in beautiful Copenhagen
  • Live with a Danish host family
  • No foreign language experience necessary
  • Most courses have several field study events during the semester to add depth and perspective to the courses
Program Summary: 

Study in Copenhagen, Denmark's beautiful capital and a European capital city in every sense of the word. DIS offers several areas of study: Architecture and Design, Marine Biology and Ecology, Environmental Biology, Medical Practice and Policy, International Business and Economics, Social Sciences and Humanities. The social sciences and humanities offerings concentrate in five areas: International Relations/Europe, European Culture and Thought, European Politics and Society, Scandinavian Studies, Childhood and Early Education. Courses are taught in English by Danish professors. Danish language is offered as an option.

Courses are designed for undergraduate students in their junior or senior year and are geared toward students prepared to do serious academic work. DIS will consider second-semester sophomores with high academic achievement who have taken the required course prerequisites.

Study Tours: Most courses have several field study events during the semester to add depth and perspective to the courses. All students participate in a three-day study tour to western Denmark. Depending on the course of study, tours may visit Berlin, Prague, Amsterdam, Brussels, Stockholm, Poland or Finland.

Summer: Special Design and Architecture courses include graphic, industrial, furniture, and interior design and landscape architecture studios.

DIS Course Equivalencies


The family stay is, on the personal level, the backbone of the DIS program. Other options include living in a Danish student resident hall, living with a Danish roommate, living at a Folkehøjskole, and a limited number of places in shared housing with other DIS students.


Junior standing. GPA of 3.0 preferred.

Further Reading: 


DIS offers scholarships of $500-$2000 per semester. Students may also apply for work study scholarships of up to $300 per semester.

DIS Website



Deadlines Extended for Spring 2020 & Winter Break 2020 Programs !
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