Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS)

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Academic Program

Scripps students are required to take a Danish language class. Applicants then select a core class in their preferred area of study and an additional 2-3 classes to total 15 semester credits, or 3.75 courses at Scripps. Instruction consists of lectures, seminars, research, or fieldwork/practicum; courses are taught in English. In rare cases, a course in English may be possible at a local On-site orientation and educational field trips are included when they are required as part of a class. NOTE: Scripps does not grant credit or cover fees for the optional 1 credit study tours or any other optional travel experiences.

  • Reviewed by: Faculty: Michael Spezio, Hao Huang, Scot Gould Staff: Patricia Guenther-Gleason
  • Fields of study: Multiple program options allow students to focus on environmental science or sustainability, European studies, gender and sexuality studies, global economics, neuroscience, and psychology among others. Some courses do not fit into a liberal arts curriculum and students should consult closely with faculty advisers and the registrar about the eligibility for credit in certain classes, particularly those in business fields, or those of a technical or pre-professional nature.
  • Eligibility: 9.0 cumulative GPA; preparation varies for each core class, typically a background of 2-3 courses in the program field of study is required. Students must meet the DIS prerequisites with a class recorded on a college transcript (high school courses and non-credit bearing experiences do not apply).
  • Number of program participants: A very large study abroad program with over 1000 students from US colleges and universities.

Living Arrangements

Students have a range of housing options including home stays, collegium (dorm-like housing), and thematic living and learning communities that share a commitment to sustainability, cultural exchange, cooking, etc. Students staying in a host family typically take breakfast and dinner with their hosts and purchase lunch at school with a stipend from DIS. All other housing options require students to shop for and prepare their own meals with a stipend provided by Scripps and the lunch stipend from DIS.

Term Dates

  • Fall: Late August to mid-December
  • Spring: Late January to mid-May


  • Advising Tips: If a course is not listed in a department offered at the Claremont Colleges, students are advised to consult carefully with the Registrar about eligibility for credit at Scripps. Students have to complete a petition process through the Registrar's Office for courses from abroad to fulfill the Gender and Women's Studies general education requirement. However, the following courses have already been petitioned by previous students so a petition is no longer required for these: Women, Art, Identity; Women and Leadership; Masculinities in Sweden; Gender and Sexuality in Scandinavia; Psychology of Human Sexuality. Additionally, GPA below 8.25 requires a reference. For Courtauld or Amsterdam, GPA below 9.0 requires a 2nd reference.
  • Visa Information: Participants must obtain a Residence Permit, the equivalent of a visa, to be in Denmark as a full-time student. DIS provides assistance with this process after acceptance to the program. Students will be billed by DIS for the $300 residency fee.
  • Budget Planning: Copenhagen is a very expensive city, especially for dining out (40% higher than in Los Angeles!). It is possible to have a great time on a limited budget if you take advantage of the activities and events organized by DIS, often free or partially subsidized for students. For budget planning purposes, click here to view the current cost of living comparison between Copenhagen and Los Angeles.