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Fact Sheet:
Education Abroad Adviser:
Sarah Spiegel
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
3 - Junior
Language of Instruction:
Danish, English
Language Requirement:
0 semesters
Internship Available:
Fields of Study:
Advertising, Anthropology, Architecture, Art History, Biobehavioral Health, Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Business, Classics, Communications, Computer Science, Criminology, Earth and Mineral Sciences, Economics, Education, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, Finance, Geography, Geosciences, Global Studies, Graphic Design, Health and Human Development, Health Policy and Administration, History, Human Development and Family Studies, International Business, Journalism, Labor and Employment Relations, Landscape Architecture, Literature, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Media Studies, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Public Relations, Religious Studies, Science, Sociology, Sustainability, Visual Arts, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Program Description:
Copenhagen DIS

Program Overview     

Ignite your love of learning, further your academic achievements, develop intercultural understanding, and acquire life skills essential for engaged citizenship. Discover Europe and meet the unexpected. 

DIS Copenhagen offers an academically rigorous, hands-on curriculum that is taught in English and unique to your needs. Courses are designed to further your knowledge within your chosen field and inspire intercultural awareness. You will examine issues from different perspectives, raise questions, and debate complex topics through analysis, research, and reflection. Many courses focus on contemporary burning issues; terrorism, migration, economic turmoil, climate change, human rights, and other current topics inspire discussions in the classroom.
Information about the range of courses can be found at the DIS Study in Copenhagen website.

Students must take 12-18 credits on this program, which is comparable to a full-time load at Penn State. Most undergraduate courses are worth 3 credits each.  Academics are separated into 24 different programs; each program focuses on a specific academic field or discipline. Your academic program is determined by your choice of a core course (you choose one). Core courses include a Week-Long Study Tour to a relevant European destination and a Core Course Week, comprised of a two-day seminar in Copenhagen and three-day short study tour. Both study tours are faculty-led and integrated into the curriculum. Once you have chosen your core course, and therefore program, you are free to choose from over 250 elective courses. You can build your semester with courses that allow you to either focus on your major or diversify. 


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Education Abroad Credits

You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State. 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.

To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the DIS Study in Copenhagen Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.


Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program. 

  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA 
  • Junior class standing or higher at time of study
Additional pre-requisites might apply for some core courses. 

Housing and Meals

Your housing will be arranged by DIS. Some housing options will be:

  • A homestay 
  • Kollegiums (co-ed residential buildings) 
  • A Folkehøjskole (rural, small liberal arts college) 
  • A residential community in a dorm or apartment with other DIS students
  • A rented room in a young Copenhagener's apartment 
  • Living and learning communities (LLC) based on shared common interests 
All housing options also include most meals or a food stipend, laundry facilities, and a transportation pass for your daily commute to DIS. 

Program Costs

For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Fall Budget Sheet or the Spring Budget Sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.
Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.

The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.


DIS Penn State Grant

As a Penn State student you will automatically be awarded a $3,000 BTAA grant from DIS. DIS has created this award to make their programs affordable to you. This award has already been calculated into the budget sheet.

For More Information

For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative

To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.

For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the Student Spotlights of Penn State students currently studying abroad.

How to Apply

If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page. 

You must complete the following materials in your application:

  •  Education Abroad Questionnaire

  • One academic recommendation

  •  Signature Documents

Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.

Please note that you will also be instructed to complete an application with the host provider as a part of your Penn State application either at time of application or upon acceptance. 

Studying Abroad with a Disability

Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 09/15/2017
Rolling Admission 01/13/2018 05/12/2018
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/01/2018
03/14/2018 TBA TBA
Fall 2018 03/01/2018
03/14/2018 08/18/2018 12/15/2018
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.
Spring 2019 09/15/2018
Rolling Admission 01/12/2019 05/12/2019
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.
Fall 2019 03/01/2019 03/13/2019 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2019-2020 03/01/2019 03/13/2019 TBA TBA

** 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.

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