Carleton Faculty and Staff visit Danish Institute for Study Abroad

9 January 2008

Five Carleton faculty and staff participated in the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS)’s bi-annual International Educator’s Week, November 19-24, 2007 in Copenhagen. The workshop was designed to expose professors and administrators to the DIS program and to Denmark. Site visits allow home college faculty and staff to see a program up close and personal and to get a taste of what student life is like in Denmark. They take public transportation, visit classes, participate in field studies, attend presentations, and talk to students directly. One participant even stayed with a host family!

With twenty-six Carleton students in Copenhagen last fall and political science professor, Rich Keiser serving as a visiting instructor for the 2007-08 academic year, DIS is a major partner in Carleton’s Off-Campus Study program. There is a high degree of curriculum integration, especially in the sciences, thanks to exchanges between professors at both institutions and the number of Carls who have studied at DIS over the years. In addition, with DIS’s North American Office being located in Minneapolis, DIS and Carleton can work together to provide more coordinated and meaningful orientation and reentry events than are possible with many of our other partners. “DIS is becoming more and more of a Carleton experience,” says OCS director, Helena Kaufman.

Professor Roger Paas said, “DIS offers students a unique opportunity to pursue academic work in English in a vibrant European capital. By participating in such a program, they not only become acquainted with a foreign culture but also more aware of their own. Experiential learning such as this has the potential to change them personally. At the very least, it will be an experience that they never forget.”

The majority of Carleton students enroll in DIS’s Medical Practice and Policy and International Business and Economics programs, although Carls may be found across the DIS curriculum and take both major and elective courses in many disciplines. For more information on DIS programs and courses, visit

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