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  • Locations: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: Oberlin applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Oberlin College Deadlines (please confirm host program deadlines):

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
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Language of Instruction: English Housing Type: Apartment
SA Program Focus: Research
Program Description:
**Last updated 4/23/21**
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DIS Copenhagen Semester 2


Spend Summer in Scandinavia with DIS in Copenhagen

Join DIS this Summer to ignite your love of learning, further your academic achievements, develop intercultural understanding, and acquire life skills essential for engaged citizenship. Discover Denmark and meet the unexpected!

The Office of Study Away has partnered with one of Oberlin's most popular study abroad programs to offer this unique and highly versatile customized program with DIS Scandinavia. Specifically designed for Oberlin students, you'll study in Copenhagen for 12 weeks and return to Oberlin with four full courses that can count toward major, minor, or simply general elective credit. 

Between May 25 and July 31, Oberlin students will plug into DIS's existing Summer program, where you'll take one course during each of three Summer Sessions. In August, you'll enroll in a fourth course designed specifically for Oberlin students. All courses on this program are meant to be intellectually stimulating and will challenge you to examine issues from various cultural perspectives, as you debate, play, research, analyze, and reflect on contemporary topics and the burning issues of our time. Most DIS faculty work as professionals in the areas they teach, bringing theory to life by sharing real-world examples in the classroom. The entire academic focus at DIS is meant to provide hands-on learning experiences and opportunities to simulate real-life scenarios, make connections, and build your resume.

Please note that this program may be modified or cancelled at any time:
  • Because this is a customized program there is a minimum enrollment requirement in order for the program to run. We need a minimum number of 7 Oberlin students to enroll. 
  • There are also certain COVID-related travel, entry, and health and safety implications that may lead to program modification or cancellation.
  • As long as we meet the minimum enrollment requirement and certain health and safety benchmarks are met the program will continue to be offered.
Additional information about core aspects of the program are listed below. Here is the DIS-Oberlin PowerPoint presentation. And at any point you're welcome to schedule an advising appointment with the Office of Study Away. 
Oberlin students will have access to the complete DIS course catalog during Session 1, 2, and 3. You'll take one DIS course during each session. After the conclusion of Session 3, all Obies will enroll in a customized course designed specifically for them. By combining all three DIS Sessions and the customized Oberlin course, you'll receive four full courses from this Summer program.

Language of Instruction: All courses are conducted in English.

DIS Courses: Oberlin students can choose from 52 different courses, including a Lab & Research program and several Design Studios, across all three Summer Sessions. Please visit the DIS Summer Course Catalog to start exploring (make sure to set the "Location" filter to Copenhagen).

Included in Sessions 2 and 3, as well as the Architecture and Design Session, course-integrated Study Tours form a central part of this experience. This summer, you can look forward to inspiring Study Tours in Denmark that allow you to build on your knowledge and truly understand Scandinavian perspectives.  While on Study Tour, theories learned in the classroom come to life as you meet with professionals and experts in your field. On previous Study Tours, students have created art in a forest, participated in a cooking challenge, met with local physicians, tried tai chi, hunted for runestones, visited kindergartens, foraged for berries, visited a remote island by ferry, and much, much more. There are so many amazing and unusual places, traditions, and quirks to discover across Denmark.

Customized Oberlin Course: DIS will design an interdisciplinary cultural studies course for Oberlin students that explores politics, gender studies, history, sustainability, and social justice - all through a Danish/Scandinavian lens. This course will be conducted in August, and will include various excursions and field studies around Copenhagen. Once the course syllabus is finalized additional details will be published here.
Application Deadline: April 2, 2021

Arrival in Copenhagen: May 25, 2021

Departure: August 18, 2021
Housing: Oberlin students will live either in a Residential Community or a Kollegium - both housing options are organized and operated by DIS. Final housing placement details will be confirmed no later than May 15. DIS will also place a Teaching Assistant (TA) in a single room at the student housing property. Obies will have the option to live in a single room or with a roommate from the Oberlin group. DIS housing will include the following: 
     • Single or shared bedrooms
     • Blanket, pillow, bed linen and towels
     • Wireless internet access
     • Shared bathrooms, shared kitchen, shared laundry facilities*
          *A laundry allowance will be provided to students if they do not have access to laundry facilities in their housing
     • Quality assurance and support from the DIS Housing staff

There will be students from other U.S. universities participating in DIS Summer Sessions 1, 2, and 3; they will come and go during this time based on their own academic schedules. Because Obies will stay for all three DIS  Sessions and the customized Oberlin course in August, they will all live in the same housing property.

Meals: This program does not include a meal plan. You'll be expected to purchase food onsite. All DIS accommodations will include a fully equipped kitchen so that you have adequate facilities to prepare your meals. For estimates on budgeting for meals, please see the Costs section below.
This program will be based in Copenhagen for the full length of the Summer term. It will also include travel to sites around Copenhagen and Denmark. 
Obies will have the full support of DIS's onsite Student Affairs staff throughout the summer. These staff, in addition to the rest of the DIS team, will provide students with a wide range of support services; for example, an Arrival Workshop & Orientation, 24/7 emergency support, guidance and resources for traveling around Copenhagen, housing placement and support, and academic counseling.

DIS also provides more direct and personalized support for students through the DIS Care Team. The Care Team will be available to help Obies that might be dealing with cultural adjustment, homesickness, mental or physical health issues, or if they are in need of academic accommodations. The Care Team can also provide referrals to professionals within the local community if additional support is needed.

You'll also have access to the DIS Student Hub, which serves as a central location for students to meet, engage, and access all of the DIS services. Some highlights include a library, lounges and study areas, a cinema, communal areas to meet and socialize, as well as various events and activities across the summer.

Obies will also participate in a 5-day Study Tour during both Session 1 and Session 2. These tours are included in the cost of the program and are a combination of both cultural and academic activities. 

DIS will provide students with public transportation passes that cover travel from the housing location to the DIS center, or with bicycles.
Financially, the Summer 2021 term will function like any other study away semester (i.e. a standard Fall or Spring semester). In turn, the standard costs for studying away (tuition and housing) will be managed through your Oberlin student account. You will not make payments for tuition or housing to DIS.

The below costs for the Oberlin-DIS Summer 2021 program include; comprehensive tuition, housing, DIS Study Tours, student services fee, a local SIM card, group welcome dinner, full orientation program, support of all onsite DIS staff for the entirety of Oberlin's program, a transportation pass to cover travel between student housing and the DIS center (or bike rentals), as well as roundtrip airfare (up to $1,200 per student). The Office of Study Away will support students in the flight booking process through one of our travel partners. Students will not pay any fees for their flight as long as it is $1,200 or less. Should the cost of the flight be greater than $1,200, the difference will be charged to the student's Oberlin account.

In Summer of 2021, students' Oberlin bills will include the following study away costs:

Oberlin Tuition: $28,827
Oberlin Fees: $0 ($450 for students enrolled on campus)
DIS-Specific Housing: $4,300
​Oberlin Merit Scholarships: If students normally receive merit-based scholarships from Oberlin while on campus, they will be applied to this program in the Summer
Oberlin Need-based Aid: If students normally receive need-based aid from Oberlin while on campus, it will be applied to this program in the Summer

Students will be expected to pay for the following items out-of-pocket as they are not included in the standard program costs:
     • Meals: appx. $100 - $150 per week (the program is 12 weeks long)
     • Personal expenses: appx. $100 – $150 per week

Please refer to the DIS Living Expenses page for additional details about money during the Summer program.
Anyone interested in applying to the DIS Summer Program needs to complete an application with the Oberlin Office of Study Away. You will not be required to complete an application through DIS.

To start your application, please scroll down and click on the "Apply Now" button.
DIS hosted study abroad students from several different colleges and universities in the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters. In support of those students, DIS designed and implemented a layered COVID-mitigation strategy that is similar in many ways to what Oberlin has implemented. You can learn more about how DIS and Denmark are responding to COVID through these links:

DIS COVID Planning  |  DIS COVID Flow Chart | DIS Summer FAQ page  |  How Scandinavia is Handling the Pandemic | The Local (English-language site with up-to-the-minute news from Denmark)

As part of the program, all Oberlin students will be enrolled in a comprehensive international insurance policy through DIS.

Please remember that due to certain COVID-related travel, entry, and health and safety implications, this program may be modified or cancelled at any time. It will continue to be offered as long as certain health and safety benchmarks are met.

This program is currently not accepting applications.