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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer A-Term 2020 03/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission 06/15/2020 08/02/2020
NOTE: To be considered for a UW Study Abroad Scholarship, you must apply by the priority deadline of April 1st. Apply for DIS Session 2 + 3 or the 7-week Architecture and Design Session.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Program Information:
Location Copenhagen, Denmark
Academic Term Autumn Semester / Spring Semester
Summer Quarter / Year (A/W/Sp)
Credits 20-25 UW credits per semester (30 ECTS)
40-50 UW credits per year (60 ECTS)
Prerequisites Junior standing or above by time of departure; minimum 3.0 GPA
Program Manager Mike Renes |
Priority Application Deadline April 1 (A/AY/S)
November 1 (Sp)
General Academically challenging study abroad programs taught in English! Discover Europe through course-integrated study tours and adventure trips. Pick between a range of cultural immersion options and unique housing options.
DIS in Denmark is located in the very heart of medieval Copenhagen. On your way to class, you will navigate through a network of narrow walking streets, and after class you'll explore squares packed with outdoor cafes, canals lined with brightly painted buildings, castles surrounded by flowering public gardens, and twisting spires dotting the skyline. Copenhagen is a city where the old meets the new and is a world leader in urban design. If you choose to bike to class, you'll be joining the 50% of Copenhageners who commute using the city's well-planned bike lanes. You'll find hidden corners of the city designed for community use, from skating parks to harbor baths. And you'll be on the forefront of witnessing the 'New Nordic' wave that is reinventing the aesthetics of design, architecture, and food.

For more information about this program, please visit the DIS Copenhagen program website.


Copenhagen – the capital of Denmark – was officially founded in 1167. The small fishing village, as it was then, prospered and developed into København – 'port of tradesmen'. Today Copenhagen is the commercial, cultural and administrative centre of Denmark, and the greater city area has a population of 1.3 million. Although busy and noisy as any large city, Copenhagen continues to captivate visitors because it has managed to maintain elements of its original charm. Copenhagen has a rich cultural life. It is home to a wide range of interesting museums and attracts international performers and artists to festivals, concerts and other events throughout the year. Copenhagen's cafés, bars and restaurants, many of them half submerged in cellars or located in picturesque historical buildings, range from traditional to trendy and serve everything from hot Thai curries to traditional Danish frikadeller (meat balls).


DIS Study Abroad is dedicated to providing immersive and meaningful study abroad experiences. There are many opportunities for study abroad participants to connect with locals and to explore Scandinavia and Europe

Meet the Locals

  • Visiting Host Program: Students who aren't living in a Homestay can sign up for a Visiting Host. Share your own culture and get to know the traditions, mentality, and values of Danes.
  • Local Sports and Clubs: Join a club and/or recreational sports - a great way to bond with others that share similar interests!
  • Language and Culture Courses: Learn key phrases in Danish and gain a further understanding of culture and traditions of your host country. 65% of DIS students take a language course and later recommend it as one of their favorite electives!
  • Evening Seminars: Spend an evening at a panel, seminar, or debate where you can discuss burning issues of our time with DIS faculty, experts, and guest lecturers.
  • Cultural Open Events: Join in one of the many cultural events organized by local youth.
  • Volunteer: Get involved in day-long or semester-long volunteer projects in Copenhagen by being a DIS Ambassador!

DIScovery Trips

Journey outside of Europe's well-trodden cities and experience a destination that you might not otherwise discover. From the Fjords of Norway to the markets of Southern France, there is an adventure for everyone. Full of activities and challenges, DIScovery Trips allow you to explore an interest, try something new, and just have fun! Past DIScovery Trips include:

  • Southern France - Culinary Exploration: Indulge in a gastronomic journey with fellow foodies to Southern France, one of the world's most revered regions for food and drinks.
  • Czech Trek: Travel to the 'Bohemian Paradise,' where you will have the opportunity to rock climb, crawl, zip-line, and explore nature.
  • Bornholm Bike Trip: Cycle around the picturesque Danish island of Bornholm to discover quaint villages, sample the famous smoked herring, and dig your toes in the white sand.
Visit to read more about DIScovery Trip options.

Prerequisites and Language Requirements

Students participating in this program must be of Junior standing or above at the time of departure and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.

Credits and Conversion Scale

You will approx. receive 20 - 25 UW credits per semester. How our office will determine the amount is through our Credit Conversion Scale for the program. 

If you would like some assistance, schedule an appointment with one of our Program Assistants here


Choose from over 50 academically challenging courses taught in English across a variety of disciplines. Students participating in a DIS Study Abroad program will have access to 23 programs: Architecture, Biomedicine, Child Diversity & Development, Communication, Computer Science, Environmental Science of the Arctic, European Humanities, European Politics, Global Economics, Information/Graphic Design, Interior Architecture, International Business, Justice & Human Rights, Medical Practice & Policy, Neuroscience, Prostitution & the Sex Trade, Psychology, Public Health, Sociology, Sustainability in Europe, Urban Design, and Urban Studies in Europe.

DIS offers a range of summer courses of varying lengths and structures, and many include a study tour to a destination in Denmark or elsewhere in Europe. 

If you’re looking for a record of how courses from this institution have been transferred in the past, visit the credit equivalency database to help you determine what foreign courses might satisfy your academic needs here at the UW.

For more information about receiving credits for your study abroad, visit Earning credits abroad.



DIS Copenhagen offers six distinct housing options:

  • Homestay: 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 meangingful way with the local community.
  • Kollegium: 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.
  • Folkehøjskole: Have a truly unique Danish communal living experience with local and international students in a tight-knit residential community with a tradition reaching back 150 years.
  • Danish Roommate: If you are independent and self-reliant and wish to live like a local, you will have your own room in a local's apartment.Students participating in the DIS Copenhagen summer program will live in either a Residential Community or a Kollegium with fellow DIS students, a Danish Social and Residential Advisor (SRA), and possibly Danish and international students.
Students participating in the DIS Copenhagen summer program will live in either a Residential Community or a Kollegium with fellow DIS students, a Danish Social and Residential Advisor (SRA), and possibly Danish and international students.

The UW Study Abroad Office can't officially advise you about visas.

The volume and diversity of students participating, the shifting requirements of foreign governments, and the complexity of these applications make it impossible for us to accurately advise you on immigration policies.  

If your program requires a visa, documentation will be provided from your host institution after your acceptance. 


Program Expenses

In most cases, if you are attending an affiliated program you will be billed by, and pay all fees directly to, the program provider or institution operating the program. The UWSA Study Abroad Fee will be billed to your UW student account according to the regular UW tuition billing schedule.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans. To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.
  • DIS also offers merit and need-based scholarships to students participating in their programs.
    • The Anders Uhrskov Scholarship is awarded to one semester students who has demonstrated leadership on their college campus at home and who is dedicated to enhancing their global leadership and critical thinking skills at DIS. The award is up to $10,000.
    • The DIS Scholarship is awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need. Awards range from $500 - $5,000 per semester.
    • The Diversity Scholarship is need-based financial support to students from populations that are underrepresented in study abroad including those from diverse ethnic, racial, cultural, sexual orientation, and educational backgrounds including first-generation college students. Awards range from $500 - $5,000 per semester.
    • For information on more scholarships offered by DIS, visit

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.
  • This useful tool is a great way to estimate how your cost of living in a particular country might compare with the cost of living you are accustomed to here in Seattle.

Application Process

The study abroad application includes small questionnaires and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. In addition, students should also complete an application on the DIS website.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. Visit your study abroad homepage to complete this mandatory orientation. You must also attend any program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

UW Study Abroad Office also offers several optional orientations aimed at preparing you for your study abroad experience. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for any optional orientation sessions that pique your interest. 

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


The UW Study Abroad Fee is non-refundable once the payment contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program may also be responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. Note that no part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun.

The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.