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DIS - Study Abroad in Scandinavia - Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen, Denmark (Outgoing Program)
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Spring 2018 09/08/2017 09/15/2017 TBA TBA
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Danish Roommate, Folkenhojskole, Homestay/Family, Kolegium


Anthropology, Architecture, Art History, Biological Sciences, Cell and Molecular Biology, Classical Studies, Communication, Digital Media Production, Economics, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Geology, History, International Relations, Literature, Music, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health, Religious Studies, Sociology, Studio Art, Theatre, Urban Studies
Program Description:
What’s the scoop?

The Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) was founded in 1959 to provide rigorous academic programs to international students who sought to study in Denmark for a semester or academic year.  Recognized and subsidized by the Danish government, DIS is a non-profit educational foundation affiliated with the University of Copenhagen and governed by an external board of supervisors.

Tulane has partnered with DIS to provide a high-quality academic program to well-qualified undergraduates in the sciences, architecture and public health.

About Copenhagen
Founded in 1167, Copenhagen is a bustling metropolis of 1.8 million people. It is the capital of Denmark and the center of the Danish-Swedish Øresund Region with a transnational population of 3.8 million and an inviting small-town atmosphere of friendliness, intimacy, and safety. A dense network of car-free walking streets, town squares and picturesque waterfront areas cover the old downtown. 

Winding medieval streets, great Renaissance palaces, Baroque and Rococo complexes, early-modern ramparts, a historic harbor plus all the trappings and amenities of the modern age are central elements of the city fabric.

Program Dates: Yearlong (August to May) or Semester: Fall (August to December) or Spring (January to May); please confirm exact dates directly with DIS.

Eligibility: Applicants must demonstrate completion of coursework (3-4 courses) in the intended field of study at DIS (refer to the DIS web site for track-specific requirements).  The Architecture & Design Track is limited to architecture majors.  Students are part of a competitive national applicant pool and must demonstrate appropriate academic preparation. Students should be prepared to do challenging academic work while abroad.

What kind of classes can I take?
All Tulane students undertake a course of study that includes the required Danish Language and Culture course and one discipline-specific core course. This core course includes two course-integrated study tours: one short regional study tour early in the semester and one longer European study tour in the middle of the semester. Students will round out their academic program by choosing three additional courses from the electives offered at DIS.  Tulane students may not take courses in business, finance, or marketing offered at DIS.

For yearlong students the second semester offers new courses and the option of participating in faculty-supervised independent study in several fields. Students may go to Stockholm or Oslo instead of Western Denmark on the first study tour. At mid-semester, students join the new one-semester students on study tours to destinations differing from the fall.

Fields of Study: The DIS curriculum is separated into the following academic tracks: Architecture & Design; Biotechnology & Biomedicine; Danish Language & Culture; European Culture & History; European Politics & Society; Economics; Medical Practice & Policy; Migration & Identity; Public Health; Psychology & Child Development, Communication, Environmental Science, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Justice & Human Rights, Neuroscience, Sociology, Sustainability in Europe, Urban Design, and Urban Studies.

What are the academic equivalencies between this program and Tulane?
Tulane first awards 5000-level credit for coursework completed on this program. To get certain courses to count towards major and/or minor requirements, students will need to have the Course Equivalency Form completed and signed by chair of the department once they return. Students who wish to have certain courses count towards graduation requirements will need to consult with their academic adviser.  1000-level credit is awarded for elementary language courses completed.

Where will I live?
DIS offers a variety of housing arrangements.  Tulane students may choose to stay in either homestays, a Folkehøjskole, a Living & Learning Community, a Kolegium, or with Danish roommates.  More details are available on the DIS web site.

What’s the cost?
Students continue to pay Tulane tuition and the academic service fee while abroad.  Students pay room and board fees directly to DIS.

Anything else I need to know?

Students should expect the fall semester to be more competitive than the spring semester and should meet with a study abroad advisor to discuss alternate programs.
  • Depending upon enrollments, DIS reserves the right to cap the numbers of students in core courses and particular types of DIS housing.  Students should be prepared to be flexible in their academic and housing preferences.
  • To facilitate cultural immersion, students are strongly encouraged to consider the home stay housing option.
  • Students are required to be full time students and enroll in a minimum of 15 credit hours or the equivalent while studying abroad (does not apply to summer programs).
  • Tulane students may not enroll in courses in Education, Business, Marketing, Finance, Accounting, Physical Education, Culinary Arts, or any other field for which there is no undergraduate counterpart at Tulane.  You should be aware that some subjects (i.e. cooking, recreation, tourism) are not eligible to count for any credit at Tulane.
  • This Tulane program is administered by DIS.  Be sure to read this page before going to the program’s/university’s website.
  • Tulane students must apply through the Tulane Study Abroad office.
  • Application deadlines and program costs on this website take precedence over those on the program’s website.
  • You will receive Tulane credit for courses taken on this program as if you had completed the work on the Tulane campus.
  • You may apply credit to your major and college requirements with approval from your academic adviser and/or your departmental adviser(s).
Where can I learn more about this program?

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