DIS is a non-profit study abroad foundation established in Denmark in 1959, with locations in Copenhagen and Stockholm. DIS provides semester, academic year, and summer programs taught in English, and offers high-impact learning experiences for upper-division undergraduate students from distinguished North American colleges and universities. The intellectually challenging curriculum is broad, cutting edge, and enriched by experiential learning components, including faculty-led study tours across Europe. It provides students with opportunities for meaningful cultural engagement and personal growth, which is further enriched through housing and extracurricular offerings.

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Freedom of Choice

Pursue your academic and personal goals abroad. Build your semester by choosing a Core Course from 26 Academic Programs in Copenhagen and 9 in Stockholm, and select from over 280 upper-level courses between the two locations – all taught in English. Or, in the summer, you can mix and match between either DIS location over five sessions – staying for just one session or adding together two to three sessions.

Your freedom of choice extends to your housing, where you have multiple housing options to ensure the best fit for you.

Academic Excellence & Cultural Learning

Intellectually stimulating courses challenge you to examine issues from various perspectives. You will learn how concepts and issues are perceived, lived, and theorized in Europe, and reflect on the cultural norms and values that shape you.

Experiential Learning

All DIS courses take you out of the classroom on local Field Studies, exploring Copenhagen and Stockholm through an academic lens. Our courses also offer you opportunities to participate in research, simulate real-life scenarios through case studies,  gain professional feedback in studio, update your resume with practicum and workshop experience, and more.

Europe as Your Classroom

If you are a semester student, you travel with your Core Course on two faculty-led Study Tours related to your Academic Program! Summer students travel on a week-long Study Tour for all Session 2, 3, and 4 courses. On tour, visit important sites and meet with local experts who add their perspectives to your knowledge of the field.

Faculty Who Teach What They Do

Most DIS faculty work as professionals in the areas they teach, bringing theory to life by sharing real-world expertise and examples in the classroom and giving you access to their networks.

Student Support

The Office of Academic Support and the DIS Care Team support your personal and academic well-being by developing strategies to make the most of your semester.

Meet the Locals

Living in a Homestay, signing up for a sports team, taking a Language and Culture course, or attending evening seminars are among the ways to build your international network and meet the locals.

Commitment to Diversity and Respect

DIS believes that embracing diversity in all aspects of the learning and working environment is necessary for students to reach their full potential. DIS wants to create a community in which each member feels welcome and supported, across all identities and life experiences. This includes, but is not limited to, diversity of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual preference and socio-economic background.

MIT students are welcome to study at DIS during the fall, spring or summer semester.

Copenhagen semester dates

Stockholm semester dates

Information about DIS summer session

You must meet the admissions standards outlined by DIS for the study abroad program.

MISTI applicants need to:

  • Have a GPA of 4.0 or above
  • In good academic standing
  • In good judicial standing
  • Up to date with the Communication Requirement
  • Up to date with HASS courses

Contact MISTI if you have questions about your particular situation.

Application process is a two-part process:

  1. Apply directly to DIS by the stated deadline for the program/term you wish to study abroad.
  2. Apply through MISTI for approval to study abroad. Apply by the deadline for the term in which you plan to study abroad.

Review subjects by major using online lists by discipline. All courses of study are taught in English.

Information on the transfer credit process at MIT can be found here.

For this program, you will pay for tuition, accommodation, and other living expenses directly to DIS and not to MIT. 

Financial aid is portable for this program. A few months before departure, SFS and MISTI will share with students the most up-to-date budget for participation on the program based on an agreement with DIS.

Admitted students who receive financial aid should make an appointment with the financial aid representative to whom they are assigned to discuss the particulars.

DIS offers students guaranteed housing. There are a number of accommodation options. You can find more information here

Find information about the visa process here.

Meet the Managing Director

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Reach out to Madeline Smith to have your questions about Denmark or Scandinavia answered.