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Denmark: Child Development & Diversity at DIS
Copenhagen, Denmark (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year
Homepage: Click to visit
Program Sponsor: CSU International Programs 
Budget Estimates Academic Year
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2018-2019 02/01/2018 04/15/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
GPA Requirement:
Class Standing:
Junior, Senior
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: None
Areas of Study: Child Development, Early Childhood Education, Education, Human Development, Liberal Studies
Program Description:



Academic Year Applications
February 1: Priority Deadline
March 1: Secondary Deadline 
April 1: Late Applicant Deadline

Note: CSU IP recommends that students apply by the priority deadline. If spaces are available, student may submit applications for the later deadlines, but may need to be flexible regarding their program options, available spaces may be limited on popular programs.


Eligibility Requirements
Minimum 3.0 GPA; Students must be enrolled at a CSU campus no later than fall term prior to departure, or eligible to enter from a community college by spring term of the program start date.

Course Prerequisites
Introduction to Psychology

Academic Credit
Students are required to take the equivalent of 15 CSU units per semester.

Students pay the same tuition for Denmark: Child Development & Diversity at DIS as the tuition paid for their home CSU campus. For more information on costs, including accommodations, travel and other expenses, see the Budget Estimates above.

Program Dates
CSU IP students spend an Academic Year abroad on this program.


The Denmark: Child Development & Diversity at DIS program is coordinated by the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS). Located in the heart of Copenhagen, DIS is a non-profit institution affiliated with the University of Copenhagen. DIS offers coursework in English to approximately 1000 international students each year.

Abroad students and children playing a gameStudents in the Child Development and Diversity program at DIS will develop critical thinking skills through investigating and reflecting on current issues in child development and education. The program provides students an opportunity to delve into a cross-cultural approach to childhood and adolescence and reflect on the unique Nordic pedagogy of “the good childhood.”

In the fall semester, the program focuses on the innovative approaches of the Danish education system in dealing with children with physical, cognitive, neurological, or social disabilities. In the spring semester, the program focuses on how ethnic diversity and multiculturalism are perceived and practiced in Danish early childhood education. The program includes a year-long practicum that allows students to actively engage with a Danish childcare institution, public school, or high school. Students will travel with DIS faculty on course-integrated study tours to explore cross-cultural European educational methods by visiting practitioners, researchers, and childcare and youth institutions.  

Students also choose elective courses from a wide variety of subjects including sustainability, psychology, sociology, gender and sexuality studies, humanities, etc. CSU students are required to study the Danish language both fall and spring semesters. For more information about the academic program, students may refer to the CSU IP Academic Bulletin for the previous year. Note that course offerings are subject to change and may not be offered during the year of intended study. For more information on the Child Development and Diversity program, visit the DIS website:


Copenhagen is Denmark’s capital city and the country’s cultural, economic, and government center. It is also one of the major financial centers of Northern Europe. The city is graced with many historical, well-preserved buildings, old winding streets, open squares, and an array of towers, castles and parks.  The Tivoli Gardens, the Little Mermaid Statue, the Amalienborg and Christiansborg palaces, Rosenborg Castle, and many museums are just a few of the popular attractions in Copenhagen.

The residents of Copenhagen place value on a sustainable lifestyle, which includes an emphasis on renewable energy, advanced technologies, and an urban infrastructure that promotes public transportation and commuting by bike.


Students have six housing options arranged through DIS: Homestay, Living & Learning Community (LLC), Kollegium, residential community, folkehojskole, and rented rooms. For more information on these housing options: