The DIS - Study Abroad in Copenhagen is located in the capital city of Copenhagen. Copenhagen was founded more than 800 years ago and combines the old-world charm of its medieval origins with the vibrant life of a modern European metropolis. Within walking distance of the DIS building, you will find Denmark's main universities and research libraries.
Students attending DIS can expect to encounter a challenging academic program. You study abroad to enhance your major, broaden your intellectual horizons, discover Europe, meet the unexpected, have fun, and grow as an individual. Study abroad at DIS is unique. DIS will help you meet your aspirations by offering you Freedom of Academic Choice -Choose a core course from among 21 academic programs and pick from over 200 upper-level elective courses. Europe as Your Classroom - 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 again with your core course on a week-long study tour in Europe. Additionally, you can take an elective course with an integrated Optional Study Tour, or explore Europe off the beaten track on a DIScovery Trip during two additional breaks. Experiential Learning - Theory-based courses include a focus on practice through hands-on learning experiences such as field studies throughout Copenhagen, expert guest lecturers, ‘flipped’ classrooms, practicums, real-life case studies, simulation exercises, skill-building workshops, studios and projects with professional critiques, and research labs. A Holistic Approach to Meeting the Locals - Whether you choose to live in a Homestay, take a practicum course in which you will engage with the local community, take a Danish Language and Culture course, volunteer at Studenterhuset (Copenhagen’s student union), or meet your Visiting Hosts for a Danish smørrebrød lunch; you’ll combine formal and informal learning to build a holistic experience. Our goal is to help you find your own individual way to depart your semester having built strong Danish friendships and connections. Focus on You as an Individual - DIS Copenhagen is big enough to offer you the courses you are looking for abroad, while keeping the average class size intimate with 20 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 their 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
Goucher students are required to take the course, Danish Language.
Academics at DIS are separated into 22 different programs – each one of the programs focuses on a specific academic field or discipline. Your program 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 in Copenhagen and a three-day short study tour. Both study tours are faculty-led and integrated into the core course curriculum. Some core courses offer multiple study tour options and DIS does its 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.
Courses are the equivalent of three Goucher credits each. Students take between 12 and 18 credits. Goucher will transfer grades and credits as listed on the DIS transcript. Grades will be recorded on the Goucher transcript and will factor into the GPA.
Since Goucher students are fully enrolled at Goucher and receive Goucher credit while abroad, they pay regular Goucher tuition for any Goucher semester abroad program. This payment is regardless of the cost advertised and is charged by the program itself. Students pay the non-academic costs (i.e. room and board) in part or in full to Goucher or directly to the study abroad organization or overseas institution depending on the program. Estimated additional costs that a student may incur in attending these programs are listed on the Budget Expense Worksheet for each program. You can utilize institutional and federal aid for a Goucher semester program. This program has an additional $4,000 program fee that will be billed by Goucher.
Any awarded financial aid may be used as payment for semester programs sponsored by Goucher College; however; you are allowed to transport your Goucher institutional aid for only one semester, unless you participate in the Goucher Oxford University yearlong program. In addition, all students are eligible to apply for Goucher OIS scholarships and can apply during the program application process. For information on OIS and outside scholarships please visit the OIS scholarship/financial aid section.
To apply for an OIS scholarship please submit your application by the study abroad application deadline for this program through the following application:
A $500 deposit is due upon application. Study abroad program costs are billed through your Goucher student account and are due at the same time as regular semester fees. Please refer to the Budget Expense Worksheet for details for this program.
The $500 deposit paid upon application is applied to the student’s account and becomes non-refundable when accepted by Goucher College and the host program. If you are not accepted into a program, your deposit will be refunded.
If for any reason, a student withdraws from a Goucher semester after the deposit deadline, he or she will not be entitled to a refund of any fees paid to Goucher, including program deposit, tuition fees, travel fees, or any other fees incurred in connection with the program. If, due to any unforeseen circumstances or other circumstances beyond the control of the college, a semester Goucher program is cancelled, either prior to departure or during the course of the program, the student will not be guaranteed a refund of any fees paid to Goucher, including program deposit, tuition fees, travel fees, program fees, or any other fees incurred in connection with the program. In most cases, the college forwards program fees to vendors in foreign countries, making it very difficult to recover such fees due to a program cancellation. In such cases, the college will make a good-faith effort to recover such fees and to return any portion of fees that it may recover that may be attributable to a student’s participation in the program. However, the college makes no guarantees regarding the recovery of fees and is not liable for any fees that it is unable to recover.
Students have six housing options to choose from at DIS. All options ensure that live with English speakers. You are encouraged to maximize your exposure to Danish culture and language during the semester, no matter what your housing choice. Please read this section on the six options and rank your three housing option preferences on your DIS housing application when you are prompted by DIS.
Most meals are provided on homestay options during scheduled class weeks. Dinners and breakfast is offered every day with your hallmates as well as lunch on weekends on the Folkehojsoke option. These two options are your best value.
Other options include a meal stipend but it is not intended to cover meals for the entire semester and you should allow extra money in your budget to cover the cost of food that you will prepare in the furnished kitchenettes provided.
A successful semester abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation. Students will participate in online orientation material prior to the mandatory group orientation prior to leaving Goucher for the semester prior to studying abroad. Dates will be provided upon study abroad acceptance.
Students are required to have passports for all Goucher programs. Failure to have a passport will prohibit participation in the program. Passports take time to process and need to be valid for six months after your return to the U.S. Check your expiration date and renew if necessary. Please see the U S State Department section on passports
DIS students who are U.S. citizens or citizens of other exempt countries will not have to apply for a visa in advance and instead will get a Danish residence permit after arrival. DIS provides step-by-step instructions on the application process and bills UR for the cost. Students should make certain prior to departure that their passport is valid at minimum 3-6 months beyond their stay in Denmark or the Schengen area, and bring to Denmark two recent passport-sized photos and a copy of the passport 'face page' (first page).
If you are not a U.S. citizen and are from a country that is non-exempt, DIS will assist you in applying in advance for your visa.
All students participating on Semester, Year or ICA Goucher programs will be automatically enrolled in a health insurance plan tailored to meet the needs of study abroad students. Goucher will pay for this insurance for every student on Goucher semester programs, and Goucher ICAs. The insurance carrier is ACE American Insurance Company.
Prior to the start of the program abroad, OIS staff will register students for the insurance program. Students will receive information about how to use the health insurance policy from the Office of International Studies prior to departure for study abroad.
Students with Disabilities
Goucher encourages all students who meet our eligibility requirements to consider studying abroad. OIS will work with you regarding any special needs you may have. However, we cannot guarantee that any or all of our program sites can accommodate all of your needs or interests. More information can be found on the OIS Disabilities Support section of the website.
Research the fact sheet for your location of interest on the U.S. State Department website for information on LGBTI rights, women travelers, safety and security, religious, and accessibility/mobility laws and information.
On the CIA World Factbook website, look for your host country’s page and research the “People and Society” section, where you can find the breakdown by ethnic group, religion, and race.