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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0
Minimum Class Standing: Junior Field of Study: Anthropology, Art: Art History, Art: Cinema-Television, Art: Dance, Biology, Business, Cultural Formations, Danish Language, Economics, Foreign Literature, History, Languages: Other Foreign Language, Marketing, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Sociology
SMU Abroad Application Cycle: August 15-October 1 for Spring, November 15-March 1 for Fall
Program Description:



Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS)

Copenhagen, Denmark


Program Information: SMU-in-Copenhagen is in partnership with the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS), a leader in European study abroad programs. The semester program is popular to study abroad students of all majors from around the world.

Denmark is the world's oldest kingdom, and its capital, Copenhagen, is the biggest and most cosmopolitan city in Scandinavia. Against the backdrop of centuries-old spires and towers and modern high-rises and bridges, DIS students study in the heart of a rapidly changing Europe.

Besides classroom study, required study tours are embedded in some of the courses included in the program fee.  In addition, students can participate in optional organized tours for an additional fee.


Courses: The quality of DIS course work is on par with highly accredited American universities. Most DIS professors are professionals in their field of expertise, while also teaching at universities. They bring first-hand experience to the classroom and help students connect between academic subjects and real-world situations.

Within the DIS program, there are 14 different tracts, such as European Culture & History, European Politics & Society, Global Economics, International Business, Medical Practice & Policy, Psychology, and Public Health, among others.  Students choose among the various tracts to develop a schedule that matches their interest. DIS students have full access to the University of Copenhagen's library system.

Students enroll full time. SMU BBA students enroll in no more than three business classes per semester.

Course information can be found on the SMU Abroad Course Database.

All courses taught on SMU Abroad programs are subject to change.  SMU and DIS reserve the right to cancel, change or add a course depending on enrollment and other factors.  Not all courses are offered each semester. Students should check the DIS website for the most current course offerings.  See the SMU Course Catalogue for credit hours and prerequisites. 


Textbooks: Textbooks are available at DIS and included in the program fee.

Accommodations: All accommodations are arranged by DIS. Students have four options for accommodations, giving them countless ways to interact with Danes, as well as with students from around the world.  Inner city Copenhagen accommodations are usually small apartments. Most host family accommodations do not lie in the inner city and require up to a one-hour commute on public transportation. Only the homestay includes meals; other options include a stipend to assist with meal costs. Housing options include:

Homestay: Living with a Danish host family gives a unique insight into European culture. Families provide a bed, meals and more than likely a great deal of conversation and companionship.

Kollegium: Living in a kollegium, a dormitory-style residence, houses the student with other students, Danes and internationals.

Apartment: Living in a DIS-arranged apartment is the "Danish roommate option" that gives the student the opportunity to live with a Danish roommate in town within commuting distance of campus. The roommate may or may not be a student.

DIS Shared Housing: Living with DIS students only, students have the opportunity to meet and to live with other study abroad students that are part of the DIS program.

Note: It is important that SMU students who want university housing on the SMU campus in Dallas after their semester abroad contact the Office of Housing and Residence Life prior to departure.


Costs:  For the semester, students are paying an amount within about $5000 more or less of what students would pay to stay on campus.  Students are charges SMU tuition and fees. Rather than paying for housing and living expenses here in Dallas, students would be paying them in their host country. Students will incur additional charges for other items such as airfare.

If you would like a breakdown of a what it costs to participate in a particular program, please contact Cori Hill, SMU Abroad Program Specialist, who can assist you with a semester budget sheet.


Applications and Acceptance: Students may submit an application to the SMU Abroad Office during application cycles: November 11 -March 1 for fall semester and August 15-October 1 for spring semester. Admission is competitive. Selection of applicants is based upon meeting the program prerequisites, application materials, recommendations, personal statement and interview.


It is possible this program may be full before the deadline; therefore, students are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Applications may be submitted after the deadline only if places are available in the program.

Program Admission and Pre-departure Orientation: Admission:  Admission is competitive.  Admitted on a rolling admissions basis, program directors and faculty select participants based on application materials, admission requirements and student interviews. Orientation Sessions:  To prepare students for a smooth, safe and enriching experience, admitted SMU students are required to attend the scheduled program orientation meetings prior to departure.  Session dates are organized by the SMU Abroad Office.

All students receive a pre-departure guide and program-specific materials.  Topics discussed are culture and course questions, as well as a review of required forms, travel plans and documents, currency and money issues, packing, insurance and safety.  Students from other universities receive orientation summaries, including the guide and materials, by email.


Payment Information: You may be required by the provider or institution abroad to make a deposit to confirm your participation and placement in the program. These amounts will vary. The deposit holds the student's place in the program and is applied towards the balance of the housing fee. Students will make the deposit payment to DIS. 

After students have paid the non-refundable program deposit, students will be registered for courses in My.SMU. Once students have been registered, students can make final payment in My.SMU using the regular University payment procedures.


Financial Aid: Students who receive financial aid or scholarships may be able to apply their aid package to SMU Abroad programs.  All aid should be confirmed with the Office of Financial Aid.

SMU Abroad Cancellation and Refund Policy: A student who cancels enrollment or withdraws from an SMU Abroad program must notify the SMU Abroad office in writing. The effective date of cancellation is the date that SMU Abroad receives the written notification.  It is not sufficient only to withdraw an application on-line.


A student who cancels enrollment or withdraws from a program forfeits the program deposit. The student may also be charged for any non-recoverable expenses incurred by SMU or provider on his or her behalf. These fees cover expenses incurred on behalf of the student up to the effective date of the cancellation.



Undergraduate SMU Abroad Programs are managed by:

International Center/SMU Abroad

Blanton Building, Suite 216

6185 Airline Drive

Dallas, TX 75205



Southern Methodist University does not discriminate in any education practice, education program or educational activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability or veteran status. SMU's commitment to equal opportunity includes nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

SMU Abroad reserves the right to change, at any time and without prior notice, any provision or requirement, including but not limited to, requirements, itineraries, courses, cancellation and refund policies. Fees are subject to change due to inflation and/or fluctuating exchange rates.

SMU Abroad reserves the right to recall participants from international programs and to close programs whenever it determines that the health or safety of its participants may be of risk.

SMU Abroad is not responsible for any loss or damage that may occur when participants travel outside of scheduled program activities. In addition, independent participant travel before the start or after the conclusion of SMU Abroad programs is entirely at the individual's own expense and risk.


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.