Denmark: Copenhagen Semester

Program Overview

Copenhagen is a little bit off the beaten track, which is exactly why it is so interesting. A cosmopolitan capital and university center of 1.5 million people, Copenhagen is a safe and hospitable city that combines medieval charm with modern lifestyles and easy access to the rest of continental Europe. The CSI sponsored program is through the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS), an internationally renowned study abroad organization affiliated with the University of Copenhagen. The DIS program is located at the very center of medieval Copenhagen, in a beautifully restored building from 1789, which includes a library, student lounges, computer labs, student advising and information services, architecture studios, and a few new classrooms. The program is challenging but manageable; courses are taught in English by Danish faculty, on a level comparable to selective universities.



Academic Profile

Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) in Copenhagen

Course Offerings

Your program at DIS is determined by your choice of a core course. Core courses include a week-long Program Study Tour to a European destination and a Core Course Week, comprised of a two-day seminar and three-day study tour. Both study tours are faculty-led and academically integrated.

Students take five 3-credit courses per semester for a total of 15 credits including one core course, a Danish language course, and three other 3-credit courses which you can choose from over 200 elective courses.

DIS offers intellectually challenging academic programs in:

  • Architecture & Design
  • Biomedicine
  • Child Diversity & Development
  • Communication
  • Computer Science
  • Environmental Science of the Arctic
  • European Humanities
  • European Politics
  • Furniture Design
  • Global Economics
  • Graphic Design
  • International Business
  • Justics & Human Rights
  • Medical Practice & Policy
  • Neuroscience
  • Prostitution & the Sex Trade
  • Psyhology
  • Public Health
  • Sociology
  • Sustainability
  • Urban Studies


Activities and Opportunities

Student Life

Program participants may choose among six different types of housing: homestay, Kollegium, residential community, Living & Learning Community (LLC), Folkehojskole, and rented room.  The Folkehojskole includes a dinner meal plan, and in the other three options meals are provided to students who live with a Danish family; students prepare their own meals.  The different housing options entail various degrees of cross-cultural immersion.  Students participate in course-integrated field studies and may conduct an optional comparative field project or go on optional adventure trips organized by DIS.

Alumni Feedback

“The PCD program gives you the rare opportunity to see how the children of Denmark truly live.”
- Sandy Cohen, Brooklyn College, Psychology & Child Development

”An amazing experience beyond all expectations!”
- Edward Aminov, Baruch College, International Business & Economics

”I will never look at furniture the same way now that I have had first hand experience with Danish design. Quality workmanship, an emphasis on function, and attention to good aesthetics are all characteristics of Danish design that I acquired in the DIS Program.  Where else but Denmark can you experience a fantastic city, most of it on foot, touch (and sit in!) the fabulous furniture pieces from the master designers of both past and present, AND learn how to weld?”
- Katherine Weispfenning, St Cloud State University, Furniture Design in Scandinavia

“Spending a short 6 weeks in Copenhagen with the Nursing in Scandinavia program has given me a more global perspective on nursing.  We were incorporated into a culture embodying different views and opinions than our own in an atmosphere where all parties involved were able to learn and grow from the differences.  This experience abroad has given me a strong curiosity to learn and grow with more cultures.  My eyes have been opened to a whole new world of opportunities. “
- Amanda Hill, Northern Michigan University, Nursing in Scandinavia


Copenhagen Semester Program Details


Fall 2016: August 20 - December 13, 2016
Spring 2017: January 14 - May 13, 2017

Application Deadline(s)

Fall: March 15
Spring: October 15

Eligibility Requirements

Juniors and Seniors with a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale; transcript; two letters of recommendation; statement of purpose; minimum age of 18, students must be enrolled at a CCIS member institution.


Fall 2016/Spring 2017 

Students at CCIS Member Institutions:
$23,550 each semester

Second continuous semester: discount may apply, please inquire at:

Students at Non-CCIS Member Intuitions pay an additional $400 fee.

Students registering at the College of Staten Island as Visiting Students or at a School of Record may have to pay additional costs based on residency and matriculation status.  Please contact the College of Staten Island for more information.

Course offering, dates, and costs subject to change. 

Costs Included

Instructional costs abroad, housing and partial board, textbooks and photocopies, field study events, study tours, personal e-mail account and internet access, local transportation between DIS & housing, administrative fees, Danish Residence Permit, orientations, sickness and accident insurance

Costs Not Included

Airfare ($1200-$1500), optional study tours ($575-$1,495), meals for residence hall housing ($1,300 per semester), personal costs ($1,500-$3,000 per semester)

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Please contact the appropriate individual to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.

Related Links


Your Adventure in Denmark Begins Here

Submit Application Materials To:

Russell Davis

College of Staten Island/CUNY
The Center for International Service
Building 2A, Room 206
2800 Victory Blvd.
Staten Island, NY 10314
(718) 982-2100(718) 982-2100
Fax (718) 982-2108

How do I apply?

IMPORTANT: Start the CCIS Study Abroad application process by downloading the forms below. To download, right click on the application or recommendation form and click "save as", then save the form to your desktop or downloads. Once you have completed your form, SAVE IT FIRST!!!! DO NOT CLICK "SUBMIT" until you have SAVED your form or the recipient will receive a BLANK form. Once you have saved it, click "submit" and THEN email your completed form as an attachment to the contact email address associated with the program in which you are applying. If for some reason you do not see the email address pop up when you click "submit", then email the application to the program sponsor listed here on this page.


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CCIS Online Application & Instructions

CCIS Online Student Recommendation

(Students: DO NOT send the student recommendation form to your evaluators as an attachment. Please only send the page URL. The student recommendation form can be found under the "Apply Now" tab.) 

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Please contact the appropriate individual to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.