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DIS Scandinavia: Copenhagen

Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark

Program sponsor: DIS: Study Abroad in Scandinavia

Nyhavn, the 17th century waterfront with row of colorful historic buildings, promenade and moored sailing ships in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Nyhavn, the 17th century waterfront with row of colorful historic buildings, promenade and moored sailing ships in Copenhagen, Denmark.

On this program, students choose an academic focus, consisting of a required core course and two integrated study tours, including one outside of Scandinavia. 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.

DIS also offers Music students 3- and 6-credit course options at the Royal Danish Academy of Music (RDAM) - the oldest music academy in Denmark - in Applied Piano, Music Performance: Instrument, Music Composition: Private Studio Instruction, Music Performance: Voice, and Sound Engineering and Music Production. Specific application requirements for RDAM can be found on the DIS Copenhagen website.

DIS Summer is an Unaffiliated Summer Program. Visit the Unaffiliated Summer Programs page to review next steps.

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Program Requirements


Junior or Senior standing; 3.0 GPA minimum.


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


  1. Apply for permission to study abroad
    All students are required to apply for permission to study abroad. Learn more about the process, deadlines, and access the application on the apply to study abroad page.
  2. Apply for your study abroad program
    All affiliated programs and all Northwestern exchange programs require an additional external program application. Please check the program’s website for more details and deadlines.

This affiliated program has a maximum enrollment capacity. If there are more applicants than spaces available, then admission to this program will be competitive. It is highly recommended that you include a second choice program in your Northwestern Study Abroad Application, in case you are not offered admission to this program. Listing a second choice program in your Northwestern Study Abroad Application does not affect your chances of getting admitted to this program. Review information about the admissions criteria and selection process for affiliated programs here.

Please note: As a part of their application to DIS, all Northwestern applicants are required to do an interview with DIS. DIS staff will come to Northwestern from February 17-19 to conduct these interviews at the Global Learning Office. DIS will contact applicants to schedule. All DIS application steps and materials should be completed by the time of the interview.


Carefully review our academic planning page. DIS requires students to enroll in a minimum of 12 semester credits. However, if you're interested in earning 6 units of credit at Northwestern per semester, you will need to enroll in a minimum of 15 semester credits; this is particularly important for students attending during DIS' spring semester (Northwestern's winter/spring period). Note: DIS offers several 1-credit courses, which are not eligible for credit transfer to Northwestern. Courses must be worth at least 2 semester credits in order to be eligible to transfer back to Northwestern.

Program Contacts

Estimated Credit

4 to 6 Northwestern units. Visit Registration & Credit to learn more about credit types and requirements, registration, and other considerations.


DIS arranges the following housing options:

  • Danish homestay
  • Kollegium (International and Danish student residence hall)
  • Folkehøjskole (similar to a small American boarding school, but with international and Danish students)
  • Living and learning community
  • Residential community
  • An apartment with a Danish roommate

Meal plans vary by housing option.

Program Cost

Study abroad program costs vary widely and may be more or less expensive than studying at Northwestern. Review the comparison.

Fall 2019: $35,190

Estimated Additional Costs
  • Housing & services: $6,345
  • Meals: $2,000
  • Airfare: $1,000
  • Personal expenses: $2,500
  • Residence permit: $350

Total: $12,195

Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Financial aid is based on the total cost of the program, including all expenses outlined above.
  • Visit the DIS website for information about their available scholarships. 
  • Students are also encouraged to apply for other study abroad scholarships.

Program Financial Details

This section outlines some of the billing and financial arrangements for the DIS programs in Scandinavia, and is intended as a guide to help you navigate the financial aspects of your study abroad process. You should always refer to your program materials for the most current information and instructions.


After you are accepted, you will be required to pay a deposit directly to DIS to confirm your participation on the program. It is your responsibility to pay the deposit; Northwestern cannot pay or waive deposits for affiliated programs.

Northwestern Invoice

Your Northwestern invoice will be issued through CAESAR on the regular quarterly schedule and will include only your DIS tuition and the NU study abroad fee. Refer to your program materials for the most current cost information.

If you receive financial aid and/or loans, these funds will continue to apply directly to your CAESAR account.

If you use the Northwestern 9PAY plan, you may continue to use 9PAY for your NU-billed study abroad expenses, but you should request a study abroad 9PAY estimate to have your plan set up appropriately.

DIS Invoice

You will receive a separate invoice from DIS for your housing fee. It is your responsibility to pay DIS directly by their deadline.

  • DIS Deposits: If you paid a deposit, it will be credited to your DIS invoice.
  • DIS Scholarships: If you were awarded a DIS scholarship, it will appear on your DIS invoice, not on your Northwestern account.

Additional fees may apply for certain courses, housing add-ons, field trips, or other optional items related to your program. If applicable, you are responsible for paying any supplemental fees directly to DIS.

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