The History of DIS

From a wish to build relationships across borders, to one of the world’s largest study abroad organizations

The history of DIS starts in the post-war era, where students and faculty at Copenhagen University had a wish to build relationships across borders. They created a committee, whose main goal was to create the basis for these relationships to flourish.

A few years later, the committee was contacted by Whittier College, an American university exploring opportunities for their students to study for a semester in Denmark. In 1959 the first 20 students came from the U.S., and were the beginning of a long history for DIS. Since then, we’ve grown to be one of the world’s largest study abroad organizations of its kind.

American Office

DIS has an office in the U.S., based primarily in St. Paul, Minnesota. DIS employees in the U.S. are responsible for the recruitment and communication between American universities and potential students, as well as communication to students prior to their arrival in Copenhagen or Stockholm.

DIS Stockholm

DIS opened a program in Stockholm in the summer of 2016, in order to give even more students the opportunity to study in Scandinavia. We have seen a large increase in the number of students from the U.S. who are eager to study with DIS.


DIS has in total 170 faculty who either work part- or full time for DIS as teachers. In addition to this, there are about 80 full-time employees and 15 American interns who are former DIS students themselves.