Copenhagen, Denmark

Summer 2020 Programs have been cancelled due to concerns regarding COVID-19. Students who turned in their $500 deposit can roll over their application to Fall 2020 or be automatically accepted into Summer 2021. 


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:

2021 application deadline: Wednesday, Feb. 17

tentative 2021 program dates

  • Session 1: late May to early June
  • Session 2: mid-June to early July
    • study tours: mid- to late June
  • Session 3: early July to early August
    • study tours: mid-July

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. 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 multiple sessions (1, 2, 3) and take one 3-credit course per session. Students in the Architecture session are enrolled in 6 credits and participate in a mandatory 5-day study tour. Click here for the list of available courses.

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

Current as of August 6, 2020.


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 Costs (2019)

Session 1 $5,130
Session 2 $6,433
Session 3 $7,387
Sessions 1, 2 $10,416
Sessions 2, 3 $12,687
Sessions 1, 2, 3 $16,978
Architecture & Design $12,934
Furniture Design $14,528

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.