A castle along the waterfront in Copenhagan

Middlebury-Copenhagen First-Year Program

Fall 2023 and Winter 2024

Are you a global thinker—or want to become one? Middlebury is offering a unique opportunity for first-year students (September admits only) to launch their college experience in one of the most livable cities in the world!

Under the guidance of faculty members in residence from Middlebury, a cohort of 32 Middlebury first-years will travel to Copenhagen to study at the DIS: Study Abroad in Scandinavia program for the fall 2023 term. Copenhagen, connecting both medieval and modern-day Europe, offers a village-like atmosphere with a vibrant big-city vibe. Students will study in the heart of Copenhagen, within walking distance to the waterfront, research libraries, quaint cafés, and rich cultural activities. Middlebury has a long history of working with DIS for junior year study abroad options and we are delighted to offer this opportunity to first-year students for the first time.

Students selected for the Middlebury-Copenhagen First-Year Program can take a first-year seminar with faculty resident directors from Middlebury and three other courses taught by DIS faculty. These courses include hands-on learning opportunities and course-related travel that take full advantage of the Danish and European environments. The program is designed to immerse you in intellectual and cultural adventures that focus on global education and integrate meaningfully into Middlebury’s liberal arts curriculum.

The program continues during winter term 2024 after you return home. You can enroll in a Middlebury virtual winter term course, coordinated by your first-year seminar instructor, which will allow you to integrate your learning in Scandinavia with your return to the United States, or you can choose to arrange an internship experience for the month of January. You will earn a full semester’s credit (four Middlebury credits) in the fall and an additional credit during winter term, which will keep you on track with your entering class.

In February 2024, students from the program will arrive at Middlebury for spring semester in Vermont with a global perspective, a close community of peers, and valuable academic skills that will enrich the rest of your Middlebury experience. Even though you will be on track with credits with the September entering class, you will join about 100 other arriving students from the February admission class for a full orientation at Middlebury.

Information Session

If you were not able to attend the information session you can watch the recording here. The following faculty and staff from Middlebury and DIS: Study Abroad in Scandinavia presented the information session:

  • Nicole Curvin, Dean of Admissions
  • Stacey Thebodo, Associate Director, International Programs
  • Barbara Hofer, Faculty Resident Director
  • Timothy Case, Faculty Resident Director
  • Mike McLaughlin, Director, Student Financial Services
  • Peter Shapiro, Assistant Director of Outreach, DIS: Study Abroad in Scandinavia


Stacey Thebodo (she/her)
Associate Director, International Programs and Off-Campus Study


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Study Abroad
Sunderland Language Center, First Floor
356 College Street
Middlebury, VT 05753