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  • Locations: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Program Terms: Early App Spring, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: DIS - Study Abroad in Scandinavia 
  • Restrictions: Jefferson - East Falls Campus applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 05/01/2019 05/15/2019 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 3.0 Housing Options: Apartment (shared), Dorm/Residence Hall, Home Stay (Host Family)
Language of Instruction: English Program Type: Study Abroad (semester or summer programs)
Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Architecture, C-ABE, Historic Preservation Class Status: 4 - 4th Year ArRCH, 5 - Senior
Program Description:
Gain knowledge of the Scandinavian approach to architecture in the 21st century, combining a strong tradition with the contemporary energy of the new wave architects.

All students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 to be eligible for this program.
Delve into your Scandinavian study abroad experience in Denmark with intellectually stimulating course work that combines hands-on experiences in real time. Located in the heart of Copenghagen’s Medieval City, DIS seeks to combine traditional with modern. Surrounded by the city’s cultural and landmark institutions like the National Museum, Tivoli Gardens and Skuespilhuset, students can experience all that Copenhagen has to offer. As you study in one of the world’s most sustainable and livable cities, you will also be a stone’s through away from other Scandinavian treasures such as Norway, Sweden, and other European countries.

Copenhagen Historic

The two tracks of this program ensure it is right for you if you are from a professional school of architecture or design, or if you come from a liberal arts background. You wish to fully engage in the studio discourse, prepare for individual desk critique, and invest time outside of studio hours developing projects individually and in teams.

  • Enhance your design skills and methods through project-based studio work on real sites and concrete challenges in Copenhagen
  • Small studios of approximately 12 students create a close mentorship by DIS faculty and your network of peers
  • Engage in a cross-disciplinary context on both study tours and in studio presentations with Danish architects and your peers

>> Architecture Design Studio
You will be instructed in a combination of one-on-one tutoring, discussions, and lectures in studio.  Your assignments will focus on design from the context of Danish and Scandinavian building culture, and you will develop your design process and presentation skills from concept to final crits.

Credits: 6
Prerequisites: Enrollment at a professional school or department of architecture or design at the junior, senior, or graduate level; completion of a minimum of two spatial design studios at university level.
Week-Long Study Tour: Preference of Austria-Switzerland | Finland-Sweden 
Core Course Week: A three-day study tour in Western Denmark alongside a two-day seminar in Copenhagen

>> Architecture Foundations Studio
This core course offers you an opportunity to develop design skills, giving you a foundation in spatial design - perfect if you think you would like to pursue a graduate degree in architecture.

Credits: 6
Prerequisites: Documented background in fine arts or studio art, or completion of a course in drawing at university level.
Week-Long Study Tour: Preference of Austria-Switzerland | Finland-Sweden 
Core Course Week: A three-day study tour in Western Denmark alongside a two-day seminar in Copenhagen


DIS has over 200 elective courses for you to build your curriculum from after choosing your required core course. You have to opportunity to focus on your major or diversify by selecting any combination of courses based on your needs. 

See the list of approved courses here:DIS COPENHAGE Equivalency List HALLMARKS 16.pdf

Once you arrive in Copenhagen, you will be assisted in setting up your cellphone, and you will also have the option of opening up a Danish bank account. The six diverse housing options at DIS are Homestay, Living & Learning community, Kollegium, Residential Community, Folkehøjskole and Rented Room. Be sure to visit their website to learn more about each option and determine which one fits your lifestyle best. Get acquainted with Copenhagen by utilizing public transportation or by biking.

How much should you budget? Click here for the anticipated cost sheet: DIS_cost info17-18.pdf


All students must attend pre-departure orientation before studying abroad. Students will be informed of safety protocol, health insurance, money management, and more. Former study abroad students will be available to provide peer advice on general and/or specific matters.


Students from the US are not required to have a visa to enter Denmark. However all students who are enrolled in DIS and do not hold a passport for the European Union, Norway, or Switzerland, must apply for a Danish Residence Permit. Once you arrive in Denmark, you will begin the residence permit application process during Student Registration. DIS staff will be available to assist you during this process.

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