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Maryland-in-Copenhagen (Denmark)

Copenhagen, Denmark
Terms offered: 
Fall
Spring
Summerterm
Year (Fall-Spring)
Program Type: 
Minimum GPA: 
3.0
Non-UMD Students Eligible to Apply: 
No
EA Advisor: 
Language of Instruction: 
English

Copenhagen

Gain real world experience in Copenhagen. Study at DIS, the Danish Institute for Study Abroad, where you’ll have world-class educational and cultural resources at your fingertips. Within short walking distance from campus, you have Denmark's premier university campuses and research libraries, parliament and central government offices, European Union agencies, and the nation's Central Bank. You will be able to explore Scandinavian and world history at the national museums of history, art and natural history as well as historic cathedrals and castles, marvels of modern Scandinavian architecture and design, the Royal Theatre, national media centers, and international company headquarters.

With the academic and personal growth and intercultural competence gained through your experience with DIS, you will be well prepared for the global job market of tomorrow.

See what it is really like to spend a semester in Copenhagen - read DIS student blogs and UMD's own DIS blogger, Carly!

You must be in good academic and judicial standing and you must not have any registration blocks to participate in this program. The minimum GPA for this program is listed above.

If you are interested in this program but do not meet the eligibility requirements, make an appointment with your EA advisor to discuss program options.

Courses are taught in English by Danish faculty who bring a European perspective as well as personal experience from research, government, management and the professions to the classroom. Their teaching is strongly enhanced by an extensive program of course-related field studies and study tours in the Balkans, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Turkey, Sweden, and the UK. Take advantage of 23 unique and challenging areas of study and over 200 elective courses, including:

  • Architecture
  • Child Diversity & Development
  • Communication & Graphic Design
  • Computer Science
  • Environmental Science for the Arctic
  • Gender & Sexuality Studies and Prostitution & the Sex Trade
  • Global Economics & International Business
  • Justice & Human Rights
  • Medical Practice & Policy
  • Neuroscience & Biomedicine
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Sociology
  • Sustainability
  • Urban Design & Urban Studies

Please note that Danish Language and Culture courses fulfill the General Education requirement of Diversity - Cultural Competency at UMD.

The Danish Institute for Study Abroad is a government-recognized, high-quality study abroad program established in 1959 with over 1500 students coming each year. All DIS courses and academic programs are intellectually stimulating and challenging and are all taught in English. Among alumni and partners, DIS has a reputation of being intense, rewarding, and providing a challenging educational environment that integrates study tours around Europe to achieve a full cultural immersion program.

Most courses will be taken at DIS; however, some courses take place at the University of Copenhagen or the Copenhagen Business School. All DIS courses are considered to be 300-level (except for some of the Danish language courses). Furthermore, Maryland-in-Copenhagen is a hybrid credit program, which means you will take a combination of resident and transfer credit abroad. View the following course lists to see the resident credit options as well as all course offerings with DIS:

Please refer to the Maryland-in-Copenhagen Academic Overview for more details on the academic structure and policies related to the Maryland-in-Copenhagen program.

Customizing your experience abroad is simple with Maryland-in-Copenhagen. European immersion is strengthened by the cross-cultural experience of living with a Danish family, a Danish roommate, Folkehøjskole (rural campus outside of Copenhagen), with Danish students in a 'kollegium' (residence hall), or in a DIS residence community with other DIS students (Living Learning programs available). Read the DIS housing page for more information on each of the housing options.

Fall Budget

Costs listed are for fall 2016. The updated budget for fall 2017 will be published shortly.

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Bursar's payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $1,200
This fee is charged to your account when the application status is changed from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance $200
Tuition $14,635
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, academic and advising support, program-integrated study tours, on-campus and in-country orientations, local transportation from housing to DIS, airport pick-up, library & IT services, cell phone rental, Danish Resident Permit fees, and teaching services.
Housing Fee $6,000
This fee represents the housing provided during the program. Students have several housing options which include meals or a food stipend.
TOTAL PROGRAM FEE $22,035
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $1,800
Please note that various DIS housing options will include meals or a food stipend. Student that live with a host family will be provided with two meals a day (breakfast and dinner) which is included in the program fee. Students choosing other DIS-arranged housing options will, while in Denmark, receive a food stipend in Danish Kroner. The stipend for a semester is equivalent to approximately US$600. This is meant to alleviate the cost of meals, not to cover meals the entire semester. Therefore, all students should budget for the additional cost of meals not covered by the host family or the stipend. The figure above is the estimated cost of additional meals outside of the stipend for students not living with a host family.
Passport $140
Visa Included
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1,300
Course materials $250
Optional Activities/incidental expenses $2,000
Optional Trip cancellation/interruption insurance $350
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST OF ATTENDANCE: $27,925

Year Budget

Costs listed are for year 2016-2017. The updated costs will be published shortly.

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Bursar's payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $1,200
This fee is charged to your account when the application status is changed from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance $400
Tuition $25,950
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, academic and advising support, program-integrated study tours, on-campus and in-country orientations, local transportation from housing to DIS, airport pick-up, library & IT services, cell phone rental, Danish Resident Permit fees, and teaching services.
Housing Fee $12,000
This fee represents the housing provided during the program. Students have several housing options which include meals or a food stipend.
TOTAL PROGRAM FEE $39,550
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $3,600
Please note that various DIS housing options will include meals or a food stipend. Student that live with a host family will be provided with two meals a day (breakfast and dinner) which is included in the program fee. Students choosing other DIS-arranged housing options will, while in Denmark, receive a food stipend in Danish Kroner. The stipend for a semester is equivalent to approximately US$600. This is meant to alleviate the cost of meals, not to cover meals the entire semester. Therefore, all students should budget for the additional cost of meals not covered by the host family or the stipend. The figure above is the estimated cost of additional meals outside of the stipend for students not living with a host family.
Passport $140
Visa Included
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1,300
Course materials $500
Optional Activities/incidental expenses $4,000
Optional Trip cancellation/interruption insurance $350
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST OF ATTENDANCE: $49,490

Spring Budget

The costs listed below are for spring 2017.

Billable Costs
Application Fee $50
Program Fee $22,035
This fee is collected in two installments: 1) $500 non-refundable deposit: Due within 5 business days of acceptance 2) Remainder of program fee: Charged to the student's UMD account upon course registration. Due January 20th.

The program fee includes: $500 deposit, International Health Insurance, tuition and fees, housing, program-integrated study tourcs, local transportation from housing to DIS, aiport pick-up, arrival workshop, library & IT services, cell phone rental, Danish Resident Permit fees, and Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, and pre-departure orientation.

Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $1,800
Please note that various DIS housing options will include meals or a food stipend. Student that live with a host family will be provided with two meals a day (breakfast and dinner) which is included in the program fee. Students choosing other DIS-arranged housing options will, while in Denmark, receive a food stipend in Danish Kroner. The stipend for a semester is equivalent to approximately US$600. This is meant to alleviate the cost of meals, not to cover meals the entire semester. Therefore, all students should budget for the additional cost of meals not covered by the host family or the stipend. The figure above is the estimated cost of additional meals outside of the stipend for students not living with a host family.
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1,300
Passport $140
Course materials $250
Personal expenses and individual travel (estimate) $2,500
Optional international trip cancelation/interruption insurance (estimate) $350
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST OF ATTENDANCE: $28,425

Summer Budget

Costs are for summer 2017. Updated costs for 2017 will be published shortly

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Bursar's payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $500
This fee is charged to your account when the application status is changed from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance (fee varies with session(s) participation) $40-$120
Tuition See Below
Session I: $2,870
Session II:$4,030
Session III:$5,026 
Session IV: $8,186
Session I + II: $6,004
Session II + III: $8,186
Session I, II, III: $10,213
Session I, IV:$10,213
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, academic and advising support, program-integrated activities, on-campus and in-country orientations, local transportation from housing to DIS, airport pick-up, library & IT services, cell phone rental, Danish Resident Permit fees, and teaching services.
Housing Fee (fee varies with session(s) participation) $ 700-$2,100
This fee represents the housing provided during the program. Students have several housing options which include meals or a food stipend.
TOTAL PROGRAM FEE $4,110-$12,933
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $800
Please note that various DIS housing options will include meals or a food stipend. Student that live with a host family will be provided with two meals a day (breakfast and dinner) which is included in the program fee. Students choosing other DIS-arranged housing options will, while in Denmark, receive a food stipend in Danish Kroner. The stipend for a semester is equivalent to approximately US$600. This is meant to alleviate the cost of meals, not to cover meals the entire semester. Therefore, all students should budget for the additional cost of meals not covered by the host family or the stipend. The figure above is the estimated cost of additional meals outside of the stipend for students not living with a host family.
Passport $140
Visa Included
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1,300
Course materials $200
Optional Activities/incidental expenses $1000
Optional Trip cancellation/interruption insurance $350
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST OF ATTENDANCE: $5,280-$16,173

The Denmark Residence Permit Fee is subject to change. The Residence Permit Fee applies to all U.S. passport holders and students from other countries that are considered "exempt from the visa requirement." These students will enter Denmark as tourists and will apply for their Danish residence permit after arrival in Copenhagen.Summer students who are US citizens will not require a Danish Residence permit. 

Students who hold citizenship from countries that are not exempt from obtaining a visa, will apply for their visa prior to entering Denmark. These students will not be charged for the Denmark Residence Permit Fee as listed above and will be responsible for paying the Danish Embassy/Consulate the required visa application fees. A list of countries whose citizens need a visa to enter Denmark can be found on the Immigration Service's website.

You can use the cost of attendance comparison worksheet to view how study abroad programs compare to each other and the amount you pay on campus at UMD. As always, your EA advisor is available help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.

Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad:

PLEASE NOTE: All University of Maryland study abroad programs are financially self-supporting and, therefore, subject to cancellation due to low enrollment.

Conrad Zeutenhorst is the regional advisor for Denmark and coordinates the administration of the Maryland-in-Copenhagen program. Conrad advises prospective students and can answer questions about the program and living in Denmark as well other Scandinavian countries. He coordinates program admissions, course registration, pre-departure orientation, and other logistical aspects of the program. Conrad is the primary point of contact for students before they go to Copenhagen and upon return to College Park.

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Spring 2017 10/01/2016 06/01/2016 01/13/2017 05/13/2017
Fall 2017 03/01/2017 01/01/2017
Summerterm 2017 03/01/2017 01/01/2017
Year (Fall-Spring) 2017 03/01/2017 01/01/2017