Is this Program Right for You?
This program is designed for academically curious students looking for an off the beaten path study abroad destination in Europe. Students participate in an academically themed program of courses and take study tours throughout Europe. Please note that this program is competitive and submitting an application does not ensure admission. As part of the application process, students are interviewed by DIS about their qualifications for the program. All students are required to meet with an advisor in AU Abroad before opening an application.
Through DIS, the Danish Institute for Study Abroad, American University students can live and study in Copenhagen for a semester, full-year, or summer. Their program is internationally renowned as well as recognized, supervised, and financially supported by the Danish government. A student participating in a semester abroad coordinated by DIS will enroll in a rigorous, thematically focused program with courses taught in English by the best faculty available in Denmark. Hands-on learning, European study tours, Danish homestays, independent living, and scholarship opportunities are just a few of the many benefits of studying with DIS.
Course schedules consist of the program's required core course, the program-related study tour, and a combination of courses from across the various programs. American University students are also required to take Danish Language and Culture- an introductory language course that also provides a cultural and historical framework to explore and understand life in Denmark. Programs currently operating during the Fall and Spring include:
- Child Development & Diversity
- Environmental Science of the Arctic
- European Humanities
- European Politics
- Gender & Sexuality Studies
- Global Economics
- Graphic Design
- Interior Architecture
- International Business
- Justice & Human Rights
- Medical Practice & Policy
- Prostitution & the Sex Trade
- Public Health
- Science & the Environment
- Sustainability in Europe
- Urban Studies in Europe
For complete details on courses, visit the DIS website.
For the DIS Summer Program, three separate sessions are offered and students can take just one or multiple sessions. Students choose from three-, four-, or seven-week sessions, or combine sessions to stay longer. It is one course per session. You can earn from 3 to 10 credits over the summer depending on sessions. Please see the DIS summer program website for more details on courses and dates.
- Session 1: 3 Weeks, 3 Credits
- Session 2: 3 Weeks, 3 Credits
- Session 3: 4 weeks, 4 Credits
View the Course Equivalency Database to find out which courses on this program have already been equated to AU courses. Please note that you are NOT limited to just these courses. Students will need to request equivalency for courses which have not been previously reviewed.
While it has the world's oldest existing monarchy, Denmark also has a modern democracy with an efficient economy and a social welfare system. Danish society, with little social inequity and no real poverty is a population who is culturally aware and very politically active. All of this, combined with top-notch research facilities, makes Denmark an ideal place to study abroad. Copenhagen, Scandinavia's largest city, was founded in 1167! Students will discover world class museums, ancient cobblestone streets, and the enchanting Tivoli Gardens alongside the latest trends in fashion, design and architecture.
Housing and Meals
Visit the DIS semester housing or DIS summer housing to learn about the variety of housing options available to study abroad students. The majority of AU students choose to live in a Danish homestay or in a kollegium with Danish students. Students are required to secure housing through DIS.