Copenhagen, Denmark


The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Study Abroad Center offers undergraduate students the opportunity to study for the summer in Copenhagen, Denmark. On-site, the program is coordinated by DIS Study Abroad in Scandinavia.

This program is open to all majors, but is particularly ideal for students who are pursuing degrees, minors and/or certificates in the following fields of study:

Informational meetings

  • Tuesday, Jan. 16 ŸŸ| 3:00-4:00 Ÿ| Moore 224  (with special guest Jon Mayfield, DIS)
  • Wednesday, Feb. 7 ŸŸ| 2:30-3:30 Ÿ| Moore 224

Application deadline: Friday, Feb. 16

Tentative 2018 program dates

  • Session 1: May 21-June 8
  • Session 2: June 11-30
  • Session 3: July 2-29
  • Session 4 (Architecture & Design): June 11-July 29

Host Institution

DIS Study Abroad in Scandinavia is a specialized institution of higher education affiliated with the University of Copenhagen and financially supported and approved by the Danish Ministry of Education. DIS was founded in 1959 with the purpose of providing American undergraduate students with a liberal arts junior year abroad program. The courses are taught in English by Danish professors from the University of Copenhagen or the Royal Academy of Arts, School of Architecture.


The period of study varies, according to term: Session 1 is mid-May through early June, Session 2 runs mid-June through early July, and Architecture & Design is from late June through mid-August. Courses are offered in Architecture, Humanities, and Social Sciences. The early sessions involve two weeks of classroom instruction, followed by a week-long study tour. Students can choose to enroll in one or both early sessions, earning three or six credits total. During the Architecture session, participants leave on a 9-day study tour.


Session 1: May 21-June 9

Anthropology of Food

Behavioral Economics: European Case Studies

Business Start-up + Business Start-up Lab
(Note: This course runs over Session 1 and Session 2, for 6 credits total)

Children with Special Needs

Corporate Social Responsibility: Business or Ethics?

Enemy Within, The: Spies, Espionage, and the Cold War

Environmental Philosophy

Health Delivery and Prioritization

Human Health and Disease: A Clinical Approach

Human Trafficking in a Global Context

Meaning of Style

Neuroscience of Personal Identity

New Media and Changing Communities

Nordic Art in the Studio

Positive Psychology

Psychology of Criminal Behavior

Psychology of Human Sexuality

Social Brain, The: The Neuropsychology of Social Behaviors

Sports Medicine: Performance and Fatigue

Stolen Childhoods: Migrant and Refugee Children in Europe

Storytelling Through Photography

Strategies for Urban Livability

Strategies for Urban Livability

Session 2June 12 – July 1

Business Start-up  + Business Start-up Lab
Study Tour: Helsinki-Stockholm
(Note: This course runs over Session 1 and Session 2, for 6 credits.)

Children in a Multicultural Context
Study Tour: London

Climate Change and Glacier Modeling
Study Tour: Iceland

Cognitive Neuroscience of Fear: From Animal to Human Models
Study Tour: Munich

Cross-Cultural Communication
Study Tour: Belfast-Dublin

Cross-Cultural Psychology
Study Tour: Berlin

Emerging Markets
Study Tour: Riga

European Clinical Psychology
Study Tour: Vienna

Food and Identity
Study Tour: Barcelona

Gender and Sexuality in Scandinavia
Study Tour: Stockholm

Globalization and European Economies
Study Tour: Luxembourg-Munich

Human Health and Disease: A Clinical Approach
Study Tour: Berlin | Vienna

Medical Biotechnology and Drug Development
Study Tour: Edinburgh

Positive Psychology
Study Tour: Scotland

Prostitution and The Sex Trade
Study Tour: Amsterdam

Public Health in the Arctic
Study Tour: Karasjok-Tromsø

Renewable Energy Systems
Study Tour: Germany

Roskilde Festival: Community, Culture, and Creativity
Study Tour: Roskilde Music Festival
Note: Course runs to July 2 due to festival dates

Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism from a European Perspective
Study Tour: London-Oslo

Visual Culture of Cities
Study Tour: Berlin

Session 3: July 3-29

Arctic Ecology
Study Tour: Svalbard

Bicycle Urbanism
Study Tour: Netherlands

Child Development: Theory and Practice
Study Tour: Finland

European Genocides
Study Tour: Poland

European Greenspace
Study Tour: Essen (European Green Capital 2017)

Sex Education and Sexual Reform in Europe
Study Tour: Berlin

Wind Turbines Constructed: Energy in Scandinavia
Study Tour: Germany

World of Vikings, The: Facts, Fiction, and Fantasy
Study Tour: Iceland

Session 4 (Architecture & Design): June 12-July 29

7 weeks/7-credit courses

Architecture Design Studio and Visual Journal
Study Tour: Finland-Sweden or Norway-Sweden (week-long)

Architecture Foundations Studio and Visual Journal
Study Tour: Finland-Sweden or Norway-Sweden (week-long)

Graphic Design Studio and Visual Journal
Study Tour: Finland-Sweden (week-long)

Graphic Design Foundations Studio and Visual Journal
Study Tour: Finland-Sweden (week-long)

Interior Architecture Studio and Visual Journal
Study Tour: Finland-Sweden or Norway-Sweden (week-long)

Urban Design Studio and Visual Journal
Study Tour: Finland-Sweden or Norway-Sweden (week-long)

7 weeks/9-credit courses

Furniture Design Studio and Furniture Design in Scandinavia
Study Tour: Finland-Sweden (week-long)


Courses taken at DIS will appear on UHM transcripts as UHM credits.


Allison Yap

Current as of Nov. 9, 2017.


DIS Study Abroad in Scandinavia is located in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark. Founded more than 800 years ago, Copenhagen combines the excitement of a modern metropolis with the old-world charm of its medieval origins. Today the largest city of Scandinavia, Copenhagen has more than 1.5 million inhabitants and is the center of Denmark’s political, economic and cultural life. Copenhagen is a fun, clean, and safe city with many interesting buildings and parks. The Danes are friendly, informal, and quite proud of their strong democratic heritage and high standard of living. Copenhagen is less than an hour away from Sweden by train and is an overnight train ride away from many European cities.


DIS guarantees housing to all students who request (and have paid for) DIS-arranged housing. The deadline for requesting summer housing is one month before the arrival date, but the sooner you sign up for housing the better. During the summer, DIS Residential Communities and Kollegium are the two housing options.

DIS Residential Community (DRC)

This is a residence hall in which you live with fellow DIS students. The facilities are all relatively centrally located and furnished. The sizes vary and two or more students often share a room. You will either share a kitchenette and a bathroom with your roommates, or share a common kitchen and bathrooms with fellow DIS students living in the same building. You will experience a great social life connected to your academic environment. More on DIS Residential Communities.


This is a residence hall in which you live with Danish and international students that are attending courses at local universities around Copenhagen. As European universities usually do not have campuses, the rooms in the different kollegiums used by DIS are shared between many Danish universities and colleges, thus allowing you to meet a variety of students from many disciplines and backgrounds.

Something to keep in mind is that Danish students tend to be older than the typical American college student. It is normal in Denmark to be in your late 20’s or early 30’s and still be in school. Second, kollegiums are not operated by universities or colleges – they are free-standing organizations. This means that they are not located on campuses, but rather outside the city center area. Please also note that all of our kollegiums are co-ed. You will never share a room (if you live in a double room) with someone of the opposite gender, but in some of the kollegiums you will share the bathroom and you will always live in co-ed halls.

Study Tours

Students will have an opportunity to travel to other regions of Europe, which enhances classroom instruction. The mandatory study tours, considered part of the academic component of the program, are included in the total program cost. Study tour locations to various European countries depends on the program that students select. All students, regardless of program, will have a three-day study tour of Denmark, visiting examples of Danish architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning. The objectives of the tour are to study contemporary and historical Danish architecture; and to give an impression of Danish history, geography and culture outside the Copenhagen region.

In addition, Copenhagen has a lot to offer, from the world famous Royal Danish Ballet to major art exhibitions, modern design shops, and the latest movies. For entertainment, there are rock concerts, restaurants, progressive dance bars, and jazz clubs.


Copenhagen, Denmark

Program Cost

Summer 2017

  • Session 1: $4,111
  • Session 2: $5,401
  • Session 3: $6,269
  • Architecture & Design: $11,028

Cost includes DIS tuition and housing fees, textbooks, study tours, all meals, accommodation, medical, accident and limited liability insurance, orientation, local transportation, and UHM Study Abroad and other fees. Programs that require additional travel will incur additional fees.

Roundtrip airfare between Honolulu and Copenhagen is not included; students have the option of taking the flight arranged by Third Eye Travel or making their own travel arrangements.


FOR UHM STUDENTS ONLY: In order to receive financial aid, please ensure that either: a) you are receiving financial aid during the preceding semester, or b) that you complete the Financial Aid application during the current semester.

NON-UHM STUDENTS (those attending other colleges and universities during the regular school year) must apply for financial aid at their home institutions.


DIS offers several scholarships based on financial need.

See also the Money Matters & Resources page for a list of possible scholarships

Admission Requirements

The program is designed primarily for undergraduate students interested in studying in English in Copenhagen. The minimum requirements are a cumulative GPA of 3.0, strong English writing skills, absolute fluency in English and successful completion of course prerequisites.

However, students with a lower GPA may be considered. Non-native English-speaking students must have taken the TOEFL exam within the last two years and earned a composite score of 600+ or have taken the UHM ELI placement exam.

Admission to the program is selective. All applicants for the program will be judged on their academic performance, reasons for wishing to attend the program, flexibility, and sensitivity to other cultures, and ability to adjust to a new cultural setting.

Immediately upon acceptance to the program, students are required to pay a $500.00 non-refundable initial payment to ensure a place in the program. The initial payment will be applied toward the cost of the program.

Please note that students accepted to the program are required to attend three mandatory pre-departure class sessions totaling 12 hours. Failure to attend will result in students being withdrawn from the program.


A completed Study Abroad Center application and two academic references must be received by the Study Abroad Center to receive consideration.

Students from outside the UH System must also submit official transcripts from every college attended.

The Study Abroad Center is closed on weekends, and Federal and State holidays.