Copenhagen, Denmark


The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Study Abroad Center offers undergraduate students the opportunity to study for the fall or spring semester, or for a full academic year in Copenhagen, Denmark. On-site, the program is coordinated by DIS Study Abroad in Scandinavia.

The period of study is August through December for the Fall semester and January through May for the Spring semester.

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:

Students may choose from a wide variety of courses offered at DIS.


Informational meetings: TBA, September-October

Spring 2019 application deadline: Monday, Oct. 15

Host Institution

DIS Study Abroad in Scandinavia, formerly known as Danish Institute for Study Abroad, founded in 1959, is a specialized institution of higher education affiliated with the University of Copenhagen and financially supported and approved by the Danish Ministry of Education. The courses are taught in English by Danish professors from the University of Copenhagen or the Royal Academy of Arts, School of Architecture; or are professional experts employed in the central government, industry or research institutions.


The UHM Semester in Copenhagen program provides students an opportunity to fulfill UHM major, minor, elective, focus, foundations, diversification and foreign language requirements for graduation. Students on the program must be enrolled full-time and may earn up to 15 credits.

The program runs from late August until mid-December for the Fall semester, and late January until mid-May for the Spring semester. The program includes mandatory study tours which are included in the instructional fees. Tour locations, which depend on students’ field of study, may include Sweden, Finland, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, England, Poland, and the Czech Republic.

Optional tours, available to all students at an additional cost, enable students to travel to England, France, Iceland, Italy, Russia, and Turkey.


Students can earn UHM credits for a wide range of courses, including Architecture & Design, Art, Art History, Biology & Biotechnology, Business, Communication & Mass Media, Economics, European Culture & History, European Politics & Society, Migration & Multiculturalism and Psychology & Child Development.

Click here for a list of DIS courses & UHM course credit equivalencies. Course offerings are subject to availability and may change without prior notice.

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


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Current as of Sep. 5, 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, Copenhagen is a city of 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.

The city is easy to get around in — even without a car. The public transportation system, a highly developed network of trains and buses, reaches into the suburbs where the majority of DIS students live.

Copenhagen is less than an hour away by train from neighboring Sweden and is an overnight train ride away from many European cities.


There are several housing options available:

1. Family homestay

Students who live with Danish host families generally take morning and evening meals at home throughout their stay. A major value of the homestay is that it provides students with the opportunity to closely interact with and learn from host country nationals.

2. Kollegium

A kollegium is a European-style student residence hall. Since European universities typically have no central campus, kollegiums, unlike American-type student dormitories, are located on the outskirts of the city. In most cases, you will have your own room and bathroom and share a kitchen (including cleaning responsibilities) with other students.


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.

Optional tours, available to all DIS students at an additional cost, enable students to travel to Spain, Italy, Russia, and China. DIS also offers various “adventure trips” – biking, hiking, canoeing, and skiing. Additionally, day trips are organized in Denmark and neighboring Sweden. Students interested in participating in adventure or day trips can sign up and pay onsite.


Copenhagen, Denmark

Program Cost

$27,256 (Fall 2017)

Cost includes DIS tuition and housing (homestay) fees, textbooks, study tours, all meals, 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. Students who opt for kollegium accommodation will pay a supplement.

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.


Students participating in the Copenhagen semester program must obtain a student visa/residence permit – click here for more information.


FOR UHM STUDENTS ONLY: In order to receive financial aid, please ensure that either: a) you are receiving financial aid during the current 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. For information and application, go to:

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.

Upon acceptance, a non-refundable deposit of $500.00 is due immediately to ensure a place in the program. The deposit will be applied toward the cost of the program.

Please note that students accepted into the program are required to attend three mandatory orientation sessions totaling 12 hours. Failure to attend these orientations will result in students being withdrawn from the program.


A completed Study Abroad Center application and three academic references must be received by the Study Abroad Center by the following dates to receive consideration. Students from outside the UH System must also submit official transcripts from every college attended.


Fall semester: April 1*
Spring semester: October 15*

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