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Danish Institute for Study Abroad

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Sponsor: Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS)

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark


On this program, students choose an academic focus, consisting of a required core course and integrated study tours. Students take a required Danish language and culture class, as well as elective courses from a wide variety of disciplines. Small class sizes, expert faculty, research opportunities, and field studies create an intense, experiential learning environment.

Program Type: Affiliated


  • Full Year
  • Fall
  • Winter/Spring


Northwestern students are required to enroll in at least 15 credits per semester, even though DIS only requires 12 credits.

Note: DIS offers 1-credit courses, but they are not eligible for credit transfer to Northwestern. Any 1-credit courses taken must be in addition to the required 15 credits per semester.

Admission Requirements:

1. Participate in an interview with the Study Abroad Adviser for Denmark prior to the application deadline.  Please call 847-467-6400 to schedule.

2. Complete an NU Study Abroad Application by the January 15th application deadline. Please note that there is an early deadline for DIS fall/full year applicants.

Languages: English, Danish

Language Requirements: 

None; however, students must take a Danish language course during the program.


Students may choose one of the following housing options:

  • Danish host family
  • Kollegium (International/Danish student residence hall)
  • Folkehøjskole (similar to a small American boarding school, but with international and Danish students)
  • DIS Residential Community
  • An apartment with a Danish roommate

Meal plans vary by housing option.

Program Costs: 

Fall 2015: $32,962

Billed by Northwestern: $21,210

  • Tuition: $18,650
  • SAAF: $2,560

Estimated additional costs: $11,752

  • Housing & services: $5,850
  • Meals: $1,900
  • Airfare: $1,300
  • Personal expenses: $2,250
  • Residence permit: $300
  • HTH: $152

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Study Abroad Guide