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Off-Campus Study

DIS Copenhagen

You study abroad to enhance your major, broaden your intellectual horizons, qualify for the international job market, discover Europe, meet the unexpected, have fun, and grow as an individual.

Study abroad at DIS is unique. We will help you meet your aspirations by offering you:



Choose a core course from among 23 academic programs and pick from over 200 upper-level elective courses.



Early in the semester, you will delve into your academic focus during Core Course Week, in which you will travel on a short study tour for three days in Denmark or a neighboring country combined with a two-day seminar in Copenhagen. Later in the semester, you will travel with your core course on a week-long study tour in Europe. Take an elective course with an integrated Optional Study Tour, or explore Europe off the beaten track on a DIScovery Trip during two additional travel weeks!



Theory-based courses include a focus on practice through hands-on learning experiences such as field studies throughout Copenhagen, expert guest lecturers, practicums, real-life case studies, simulation exercises, skill-building workshops, studios and projects with professional critiques, research labs, and service-learning experiences.



DIS is big enough to offer you the courses you are looking for abroad, while keeping the average class size intimate with 21 students. With six diverse housing options, you have the flexibility to choose a living arrangement that will be the best fit for you.



DIS faculty bring real-life expertise from their field into the classroom. Most work as professionals in the areas they teach, giving you direct access to resources and networks both in Copenhagen and on study tour. They will introduce you to a network of leading researchers and health professionals, European politicians, innovative business leaders, cutting-edge architects and designers, forward-thinking entrepreneurs, ground-breaking activists, fascinating historians… and the list goes on and on!



Challenge yourself to raise questions, follow up on connections you make, examine issues from different perspectives, explore new mindsets, and refl ect on your own values and identity through new experiences and discussions. Create your own unique experience by building cross-cultural competencies.

Program Type

Approved Third Party Provider


Copenhagen, Denmark

Languages of Instruction


Program Dates

Fall 2018: Late-August to mid-December

Spring 2019: Late-January to mid-May

All dates are tentative and may change.  DIS will alert all accepted students of final dates.


To be eligible to participate in this program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Good academic and judicial standing during time of application AND time of participation in program
  • Undergraduates must have completed at least three semesters of undergraduate study AND have second-semester sophomore status or higher before participation. Junior status or higher is strongly preferred.
  • At least 18 years of age by the program’s departure date. 
  • Be able to stay at the host program for the duration of the semester, including through the exam and travel periods
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0. 
  • Fulfillment of any core-course specific pre-requisites


This program may have a cap of 3-semester students per year.


DIS is located on Vestergade in the very heart of central Copenhagen. DIS’ Copenhagen city location consists of two historic buildings from 1798 as well as one adjacent classroom building. It is located in the center of medieval Copenhagen – only two minutes’ walk from City Hall Square and the central pedestrian and shopping street, Strøget. With the city literally at the doorstep, students can immediately explore the winding streets and soak in the atmosphere of downtown Copenhagen between or after classes.

As the capital of Denmark, Copenhagen is home to most national Danish institutions. Within a short walk from DIS you will find the main universities and research libraries in the country; parliament, government, and European Union agencies; renowned art collections; the national research hospital; the Royal Ballet and Opera; the national media; and the headquarters of many prestigious international companies. 


At DIS you have freedom of choice when it comes to building your curriculum. DIS offers you an academically rigorous, hands-on curriculum - taught in English - that is unique to your needs.

  • Academics at DIS are seperated into 23 different programs all contained in this section - each one of the programs focuses on a specific academic field or discipline
  • Your program at DIS is determined by your choice of a core course (you choose only one)
  • Core courses include a week-long Program Study Tour to a European destination and a Core Course Week, comprised of a two-day seminar and three-day study tour. Both study tours are faculty-led and academically integrated. Some core courses offer multiple study tour options and we do our best to match you with your first preference
  • Once you have chosen your core course, and therefore program, you are free to choose from over 200 elective courses on offer. This allows you to focus on your major or diversify

Course Approvals

Check to see if your department has pre-approved courses here. If not, don’t worry. You can work with your advisor.

Experiential Opportunities

Research Opportunities

If you are interested in doing research in Denmark/Europe as part of a project or thesis from your home university, you may enroll in the ‘Research Project’ course. Please see the full course list. By taking this course, you will be able to carry out a piece of individualized research under the guidance of a local advisor. The project must be prepared beforehand at your home university, so that you are ready to maximize your use of the local environment once you arrive in Copenhagen. Talk to your faculty advisor at home about integrating research at DIS in your Honors Project or Senior Thesis. Read more on Student Research.

If you are interested in getting involved with a Copenhagen-based research institution during your DIS semester, there are several laboratory and clinical-based research opportunities available to DIS students within the natural and health sciences each spring semester. Students apply and those accepted will be matched with a supervisor who will offer academic and professional advice. With the assistance of their supervisor, the student will design and implement a research project in a semesters’ timespan. Read more on the Science Research Practicum.


Performing Arts: Music

For students who are studying music and want to continue while in Copenhagen, DIS has offers four electives for credit at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, the most prestigious conservatory in Denmark:


Volunteer Opportunities: Experience Denmark in a whole new way

Volunteer during your time in Denmark and engage in a meaningful service experience. Give back to the community while making Danish connections and it could just be one of the best decisions you make while studying abroad!  For more information about positions available, click here.

Student Life

Meet the Danes

Involve yourself in the many cultural opportunities offered to you while studying at DIS, and find out who the Danes really are across a variety of contexts. Pursue a passion and join a club or sports team with friendly Copenhageners, exchange cultural perspectives with a Visiting Family, stop by Studenterhuset for a game of foosball, give back to the community by volunteering, form lifelong friendships in the DIS Buddy Network, learn to speak some Danish, and end the semester calling Denmark a second home.

Danes and Copenhageners alike are known as reserved, yet warm and welcoming people. They are ready to share their culture with you, and also want to learn about yours! All you have to do is challenge yourself to break out of your comfort zone and be curious. We’ll introduce you to the locals, and the rest is up to you! 


Copenhagen City Life

When choosing a study abroad program in Europe, it is important to know the city you will make your home for the duration of your stay. So let DIS introduce you to Copenhagen, one of the world’s most livable cities and the capital of Denmark, the country with the happiest population on earth!

Copenhagen: Experience the new

Copenhagen is a friendly, open city crammed with cute cafés, varied clubs that regularly host international bands and DJs, cool clothing stores and a large number of clean parks and beaches. Thanks to an excellent transport system, compact city center, bicycle paths practically everywhere and DIS’ central location, the life and soul of Copenhagen are easy to discover.

Small-town Metropolis

Copenhagen is a metropolis of 1.8 million people. It is the capital of Denmark and the center of the Danish-Swedish Øresund Region, with a population of 3.8 million. Yet it has an inviting small-town atmosphere of friendliness, intimacy and safety. 

A dense network of walking streets, squares and waterfronts cover the old downtown area where DIS is located. Denmark may be an ultra-efficient country, but Danes know how to relax and have fun. You will truly enjoy the cozy vibe of this happening European capital.

Exciting and creative Copenhagen

Copenhagen has a long-established reputation for being a fashionable and culturally forward-thinking capital, with sleek design, great shopping, concerts, indigenous cinema, festivals and well-dressed locals. Street art, galleries, ground-breaking architecture, ethnic restaurants, the Royal Opera and open-air jazz performances complete the reality of an active European capital.

A safe, livable city

Denmark is a small country, with a balance of Scandinavian and European influences. We are proud of our democracy and our commitment to peace and security for everyone. Copenhagen as a city is in the same league. Though a capital city, Copenhagen has a comparatively low crime rate and personal safety is high.

A city with a history

Copenhagen was founded in 1167, and every age and stage in European history has left its imprint on the city. Winding medieval streets, great Renaissance palaces, Baroque splendor, early-modern ramparts, a historic harbor plus all the trappings of the modern age are part and parcel of the city fabric.

DIS Facilities

In the main DIS buildings, you will find modern, well-equipped classrooms, a library, student areas, computer labs and studios. The study and reference library is located in the DIS building on Vestergade. It is open 92 hours a week and has approximately 12,000 books, over 100 international journals and around 600 films in English, or with English subtitles, all related to the academic areas covered by the DIS curriculum. DIS students also enjoy access to the most important external libraries in Copenhagen.

DIS maintains five student computer labs which have the same opening hours as the library, typically from 9am - 9pm on weekdays and 11am - 9pm on weekends. WiFi internet access is also available in the main DIS buildings. All computer labs contain at least one printer and/or copier.

Housing and Meals

Where you live is one of the most important aspects of your learning experience abroad. DIS offers you six distinct housing options.



Immerse yourself by living with Danish hosts in their home and spending time with them at meals and through activities.

Living & Learning Community (LLC)

With eight themed housing choices, this option is great if you wish to pursue a passion alongside other like-minded students and interact in a meaningful way with the local community.


Live like a local in student housing with Danes and international students attending local universities. You must be independent and ready to knock on your neighbor’s door to make connections.

DIS Residential Community (DRC)

You will live with other DIS students in a DIS-run hall, and can seek engagement with Danes through immersion activities.


Have a truly unique Danish communal living experience with local and international students in a tight-knit residential community within a tradition reaching back 150 years.

Danish Roommate

If you are independent and self-reliant and wish to live like a Copenhagener, you will have your own room in a local’s apartment. 

Financial Information

For all approved programs for guaranteed financial aid transferability, students pay their Lake Forest College tuition plus a program fee.  The program fee for the DIS program includes orientation, on-site director, program fees, housing, laundry facilities, student information desk, core course travel, airport pick-up, cultural and social events,and insurance.  Meals are only included for homestay students.

Here is an estimated budget for the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 program:

Budget Item


Lake Forest College Tuition


Program fee (estimated)


Lake Forest College Deposit (credit)


Total Expected Billed by Lake Forest College


Lake Forest College Deposit (non-refundable)


Additional Meals


Estimated Airfare


Estimated Personal Expenses (passport, visas, immunizations, books, supplies, personal expenses, additional travel etc.)


Total Out-of-Pocket Expenses






Tuition rates and program fees are subject to change each year, but this information was up-to-date as of February 2018 We will notify applicants, and update this page, if the program fee or other estimates change. 

Deposits to other programs, if required, are paid by you in advance, and will appear as a credit on your study abroad term bill.

Keep in mind that you may spend more or less in certain areas like personal expenses, travel, meals, or airfare, depending on exchange rates and your own spending habits. Classroom or lab fees are not included in this estimate.  

Don’t forget to apply for scholarships! A great listing can be found here.  

Do check your student account on My.Lakeforest for your aid awards, as much of this will go with you. If you want to compare your program to the cost of being on campus, those numbers can be found here: https://www.lakeforest.edu/admissions/tuition/fees.php

You can discuss with Financial Aid your specific aid package, and your expected family contribution.