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  • Locations: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: DIS - Study Abroad in Scandinavia 
  • Restrictions: Pomona applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of instruction: English Housing options: Apartment, Homestay, Other, Residence Hall
Areas of study: Architecture, Biology, Child Development, Computer Science, Economics, Environmental Studies, History, Humanities, Literature, Media Studies, Politics, Pre-Health, Pre-Law, Sociology, Urban Studies Class standing: 2 - Junior, 3 - First Semester Senior
GPA: 9.0
Program Description:
Study Abroad at DIS Copenhagen 
Ignite your love of learning, further your academic achievements, develop intercultural understanding, and acquire life skills essential for engaged citizenship. Discover Europe and meet the unexpected. 


Architecture & Design
Art & Visual Culture
Child Development & Diversity
Computer Science
Environmental Science of the Arctic
European Politics
Furniture Design
Global Economics
Graphic Design
Innovation & Entrepreneurship
International Business
Justice & Human Rights
Medical Practice & Policy
Prostitution & the Sex Trade 
Public Health
Terrorism & Security
Urban Studies

Pursue your Academic and Personal Goals
Choose a core course from 25 academic programs and select from over 250 upper-level elective courses. Your freedom of choice extends to your housing, where you apply for living arrangements that best fit you.

Academic Excellence
Intellectually stimulating courses challenge you to examine issues from various perspectives, as you debate, play, research, analyze, and reflect on contemporary topics and burning issues. 

Experiential Learning
With an emphasis on hands-on learning experiences, you have opportunities to simulate real-life scenarios, make connections, and build your resume. 

Europe as Your Classroom
Take your classroom on the road with two course-integrated, faculty-led study tours with your core course! Visit important sites and meet with local experts who add cultural perspectives to your knowledge of the field. 

Faculty Who Teach What They Do
Most faculty work as professionals in the areas they teach, bringing theory to life by sharing real-world examples in the classroom. 

Supportive Environment
Academic counseling and personal support resources are available to you during your time abroad, providing you a solid foundation upon which to grow.

Cultural Learning
In your courses, you focus on the importance of cultural context and are exposed to how issues are perceived, lived, and theorized in Europe. It is also your chance to reflect on the cultural norms and values that shape you.

Meet the Locals
Living in a Homestay, signing up for a sports team, taking a Danish Language and Culture course, or attending evening seminar are among the ways to build your international network and meet the locals. 

Academic Program
Students enroll in a core course selected from among 23 different programs including: Computer Science, European Humanities, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Neuroscience, Psychology, Public Health, Sustainability, and Urban Studies. Many of the individual programs offer more than one core course option and each core course includes a week-long study tour that explores the themes of the course in another European country.

Pomona students are required to enroll in a Danish Language and Culture course. For the remaining courses, students select from over 200 electives. Not all courses taught at DIS are eligible for Pomona credit. Pomona does not award credit for Advertising, Business, Entrepreneurship, Fashion, Management, Marketing, or Public Relations courses. Other disciplines may also offer courses not approved by Pomona. Students must have all coursework pre-approved by the Office of Study Abroad.

Pomona students must enroll in a minimum of 15 DIS credits to equal 4.0 Pomona credits. Students may take only one course on a P/NC basis. Students may not take the core course on a P/NC basis.

Students may elect to enroll in optional study tours. The fees associated with these tours are the students’ responsibility. Pomona does not award academic credit for these tours.

Living Arrangements
Students choose between six housing options: a homestay, a kollegium, a Folkehøjskole, an apartment with a Danish roommate, a thematic living and learning community, or a DIS residential community. Please visit DIS’s website to learn specifics about the available housing options.

Homestays are with Danish families located within a reasonable commute of the DIS center. Students have their own room, equipped with a bed, desk, and closet.

Kollegiums are international dormitories that mostly house degree seeking students enrolled in a local university and/or young professionals. Residents have a private room and share kitchen and common areas with other residents.

A Folkehøjskole is a uniquely Danish housing option. Students live with local and international students in a tight-knit communal living environment.

Students can also choose to live with a Copenhagener in an apartment. The roommates are often young professionals.

The Living and Learning Communities house US university students enrolled on the DIS program. Students choose one of eight themes and the residents of each community work on projects that facilitate interactions with local Danish communities.

The DIS Residential Communities house students with other DIS participants.

Number of Students
DIS enrolls 1,200 US university students per semester, selected from a national pool.

Host Institutions
Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS)
University of Copenhagen

Faculty Liaison
Richard Lewis

  • 9.0 GPA required.
  • Completion of any relevant program and/or course-specific prerequisites.
The admissions department at DIS searches for applicants with compelling academic reasons why the specific program matches their interests.  Students nominated by Pomona College will participate in on-campus interviews with DIS staff, shortly after the application deadline.

Student Experiences
Read DIS blogger Sophie Roe's (PO'19) reflections on her semester in Copenhagen.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 09/09/2019 10/04/2019 TBA TBA