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DENMARK - 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.


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 two semesters of study at Lake Forest College AND have junior status or higher before participation. 
  • 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.

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.

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.

To learn more about the visa process for this country, please visit the Embassy of Denmark Website


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 separated into 26 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)
  • Sign up for a 3-credit Elective Course Tour course, and delve into a specific topic in the classroom before traveling with your classmates and DIS faculty to a European destination. While traveling, your studies will come to life with visits to neighborhoods, museums, sites, and performances. With a DIS faculty member leading the study tour, you will have their knowledge and passion at your disposal.
  • You can sign up for an Elective Tour that runs during the travel week you are not scheduled to be on your week-long study tour with your core course, and the break. You will be able to see which tours are available to you once you are registered for your core course in registration, and can refer to the coming semester’s important dates on the DIS Calendar. For more information on Elective Tours, click here
  • 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

Information on the courses available can be found here.

Academic Environment and Teaching Style

Please understand that the academic system is quite different. Classes are usually lecture-based, instead of discussion or group work. Classes are often much larger than those found at Lake Forest College. Grades are based heavily, at times almost entirely, on one end-of-term exam, though some courses will also offer a midterm.  Professors are often more formal than those in the United States.

All courses/modules may have prerequisites.  Some departments may have limitations on numbers of courses that can be taken within or outside it.  Be aware of these limitations.

The DIS Copenhagen program uses the US semester credit system, in which 1 credit = 42-45 in-class hours, and 2 hours of out-of-class work per credit hour.

To Earn 4 Lake Forest credits, students must take 15-16 US semester credits.

To Earn 3 Lake Forest credits, students must take 12 US semester credits.

The number of credits listed here is estimated, and GEO will work with you, your advisor, and the registrar to ensure you are earning enough credits to keep you on track for graduation.

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! 

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 88 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 several computer labs, some with 24-hour access. WiFi internet access is also available in the main DIS buildings. All computer labs contain at least one printer and/or copier.

Research, Volunteering, and Musical Performances   

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. 

Students have the options of doing the Research Assistantship of 3 or 6 credits, or an Independent Research Project. 

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.

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.

Residential Community 

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.

Rented Room

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 2019/Spring 2020 programs:

Budget Item



Lake Forest College Tuition


Program fee (estimated)


Total Expected Billed by Lake Forest College


Additional Meals


Estimated Airfare


Estimated Personal Expenses (passport, visas, immunizations, textbooks, supplies, personal expenses, additional national insurance if required, travel insurance, additional travel etc.)


Total Expected 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 2019. We will notify applicants, and update this page if the program fee or other estimates change.

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

Deposits to other programs, if required, are paid by the student to the host program, and will appear as a credit on your study abroad term bill from the College.

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 and will depend on your course registration choices.  

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

  • Contact:

    For Questions About the Initial Application Process:

    Alexandra Olson
    Coordinator of the Global Engagement Office