DIS Copenhagen

  • Location: Denmark - Copenhagen
  • GPA Requirements: 3.0 GPA
  • Other Requirements: Some program tracks have course pre-requisites but not all.
  • Program Structure: Structured - not direct enrollment
  • Program Term(s): Fall, Spring
  • Official Website: DIS Copenhagen

Program Dates

Term Start Date End Date
Fall 2024 August 17th, 2024 December 14th, 2024
Spring 2025 January 11th, 2025 May 10th, 2025

*These dates are tentative. Do not book flights based on these dates. 


This program is open to students who are at least first semester sophomores and in good academic and disciplinary standing. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required to participate.

Where: Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen, the capital city of Denmark, is a vibrant and historic urban center known for its charming blend of old-world charm and modern innovation. Nestled on the eastern coast of Zealand, flanked by the sparkling waters of the Baltic Sea, Copenhagen is famous for its picturesque canals, cobblestone streets, and colorful buildings.


DIS offers over 340 courses across 28 programs, making it easy for you to study abroad while keeping up with your academics, or allowing you to explore new topics during your time abroad. Courses emphasize place-based learning through Field Studies which take you out of the classroom to position academic topics within real life scenarios. Your Core Course also includes two faculty-led Study Tours to further contextualize your understanding of topics while in a relevant European destination.

Academic Structure

Early in the semester, you will delve into your academic focus during Core Course Week, in which you 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 travel again with your Core Course on a week-long Study Tour in Europe.

Course Credit

The credit structure at DIS mirrors most North American institutions. Most courses are three credits, while a few carry one or six credits. Semester students must take a minimum of 12 credits. No more than 15 credits may come from a combination of three- or six-credit courses.


View available courses provided by DIS here: Course Selection. Filter by subject area and semester to find class options available to you during your time in Copenhagen.

Housing & Student Life

You have four housing options to preference at DIS. All options ensure that you live with English speakers. You are encouraged to maximize your exposure to the local culture and language during the semester, no matter what your housing preference. The living options are Homestay, Living & Learning Community, Kollegium , and Residential Community. Most of the living options provide some form of a meal plan or food stipend, however students are frequently expected to cook several of their meals themselves. Students have easy access to food and grocery delivery services from local supermarkets.

Being a part of a community abroad allows you to meet classmates and locals with various backgrounds, passions, and interests, creating a semester unique to you. Connect with Copenhageners by joining a local organization or activity. Visit the Activity Fair Days at the start of your semester to discover how to involve yourself; opportunities include sports clubs, choirs, LGBTQIA+ groups, religious communities, and more.

From board game nights to bonfires and community dinners, New in Town meetups take place during the first weeks of the semester, and provide an opportunity to experience the city with other DIS students while socializing as the locals do!

Application Process

Allegheny students must apply for approval to study off-campus from the Global Education office AND apply directly to their chosen program. For this program, students should work on the Allegheny approval application at the same time as the host program application. Please note that the Allegheny approval application deadline for this program is January 15 for fall intake and July 15 for spring intake. Study away approval applications will be reviewed immediately following the appropriate semester deadline. The separate application deadline to apply directly to this program will vary and could be before or after Allegheny’s approval application due date. Check directly on their website (linked at the top of this page) for deadline information. For more information about the study away application process, please visit the application steps page.

Visa Information

U.S citizens need to apply for a residence permit for their study abroad period in Denmark. Non-U.S. citizens should consult their home country’s Denmark embassy or consulate. All international students must register with the local immigration authorities during the first few weeks after their arrival in Denmark.

Fees & Costs

Below find information on estimated costs for a semester abroad. You will receive a bill from Allegheny College, as you normally would, for the amount shown under “Costs Paid to Allegheny College.” All other study away program costs will be paid directly to a non-Allegheny entity and are listed in part two below. These amounts are estimates and will vary depending on individual choices. A total estimated cost of attendance for this program is shown at the bottom.

All financial aid awards can be applied to study abroad costs with the exception of federal work study awards and certain tuition exchange scholarships. For more information, visit our page about Financing Study Away.

Part One: Costs Paid to Allegheny College

Tuition (12 to 20 credits)
Students do not pay tuition directly to DIS. Instead, students continue to pay tuition to Allegheny College. This covers tuition at DIS.
– Students pay the Independent Living rate to Allegheny which covers housing in Copenhagen
Meals – Gator Blue Plan
Depending on housing option, some meals or a food stipend is included:
– In the homestay, most meals are included during scheduled class weeks
– In the Kollegium, Living & Learning communities, and the Residential Community, a food stipend is included to offset your food costs (please note the stipend is not intended to cover your food costs for the entire semester.
Study Away Fee $800
SUBTOTAL Paid to Allegheny College $36,419

Part Two: Costs Paid to non-Allegheny Entity

Estimated Cost for Additional Meals
– $100 per month for homestay students is listed here. $200 – $550 For students living in Residential Communities or Kollegiums) the estimate is higher at about $200-550 per month.
Estimated Airfare $1,200
Estimated Visa and Immigration Expenses $310
Estimated Books and Academic Materials
Quoted at $0 because these are included in the program’s tuition fees.
Estimated Local Transportation
Quoted at $0 because local transportation between DIS and your housing and to DIS-run events/activities are included in the program’s housing fees.
Estimated Personal Expenses
Personal expenses include: the basic expenses for laundry, toiletries and other incidental expenses. It does not include an estimate for personal travel, entertainment or social outings.
SUBTOTAL Paid to NON-Allegheny entity $2,160


Subtotal Part One: Fees paid to Allegheny College (in section 1. above) PLUS $36,419
Subtotal Part Two: Fees paid to non-Allegheny entity (in section 2. above) $2,160
***Compare this to the cost of a semester at Allegheny in Meadville: $37,694.


Study Away Fee includes: administrative support, transcript translation and processing, pre-departure orientation, and emergency travel insurance.