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DIS Scandinavia: Copenhagen

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Sponsor: DIS: Study Abroad in Scandinavia

Location: 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.

Program Type: Affiliated


  • Full Year
  • Fall
  • Winter/Spring


  • Junior or Senior standing
  • Carefully review our Academic Requirements web 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 may offer 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.

Admission Requirements:

1. Complete a Northwestern Study Abroad Application by the January 15th application deadline for Fall or Full Year. Please note that this is an early deadline for DIS fall/full year applicants. The deadline for Winter/Spring is June 1.

2. Complete a DIS interview & application by the program's deadline.

Languages: English, Danish,

Language Requirements: 

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


DIS arranges the following housing options:

  • Danish homestay
  • Kollegium (International/Danish student residence hall)
  • Folkehøjskole (similar to a small American boarding school, but with international and Danish students)
  • Living and Learning Community
  • Residential Community
  • Rented room (an apartment with a local roommate)

Meal plans vary by housing option.

Program Costs: 

Fall 2018: $34,873

Billed by Northwestern: $22,600

Estimated additional costs: $12,273

  • Housing & services: $6,225
  • Meals: $2,000
  • Airfare: $1,000
  • Personal expenses: $2,500
  • Residence permit: $350
  • GeoBlue: $198

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