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  • Locations: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: DIS - Study Abroad in Scandinavia 
  • Restrictions: CU applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Core Program Attributes: Direct Enrollment
Minimum GPA: 3.0 Housing Options: Apartment, Dormitory/Residence Hall, Homestay
Approved by: AAP, ENG, HUM EC, ILR, SHA Minimum Student Status: junior, senior
Program Advisor: Alayne Prine Curricular Highlights: Performing Arts/Fine Arts/Design
Program Description:
**DIS Programs have rolling admissions and an overall admissions cap per semester.  Please be mindful of deadlines.  It is recommended that students who are applying to DIS Programs in Copenhagen have a back-up program in mind, as admissions is not guaranteed (even if you meet admissions requirements).
In Scandinavia the built environment is for people. Engage in explorations of Danish and Scandinavian design philosophies, combining strong traditions with the contemporary energy of the new wave of architects and designers. 

  • Field studies, office visits, and introductions by studio faculty to classic and contemporary precedents will serve as a fundamental basis for your own design development in studio
  • Challenging assignments addressing real sites and issues in and around Copenhagen will enhance your design skills and methods
  • Exploring and applying Danish and Scandinavian design philosophies and practices will expand your knowledge of design processes, affording you a competitive edge in a globalized world


Two tracks of each core course theme ensure that there is a right level that is right for you if you are from a professional school of architecture or design, or if you come from a liberal arts background and seek to build your foundations in architecture and design. Be aware that you will need to fully engage in the studio discourse, prepare for individual desk critique, and to invest time outside of studio hours developing projects.

Within the Architecture & Design program there are six core courses with two levels of studio per theme to meet various prerequisite skill levels. All study tours travel together, with a mix of students from each of the studios, creating a truly unique dynamic when looking at designs throughout Europe from cross-disciplinary perspectives. The six core courses are listed below, followed by study tours and prerequisites.

>> Architecture
  • 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.
  • Architecture Foundations Studio: This core course offers you an opportunity to develop design skills, giving you a foundation in spatial design - perfect if you might pursue a graduate degree in architecture.
>> Interior Architecture
  • Interior Architecture Studio: You will develop your design skills through the analysis of existing interiors and their materials, use of daylight, colors, and functional solutions, and through solving real-life spatial interior architectural problems within the Danish context. Adaptive reuse and transformation features are among the prioritized challenges in which you will engage.
  • Interior Architecture Foundations Studio: This studio offers you an opportunity to acquire in-depth knowledge of, and professional skills within, the interior architecture and design fields prior to pursuing a graduate degree.
>> Urban Design
  • Urban Design Studio: You will be instructed in a combination of one-on-one tutoring, discussions, and lectures in studio, focusing on human scale, temporary use, design for the livable city, and landscape architecture in the urban context. Project- based assignments will be the basis for discussions, presentations, and the development of individual design skills.
  • Urban Design Foundations Studio: This studio offers you an opportunity to acquire in-depth knowledge of the field of urban design, and develop your creative design skills in a studio setting. Design projects will be the basis for discussions, presentations, and the development of individual design skills.
All six studios within the Architecture & Design program travel on interdisciplinary study tours to the following destinations: 
  • Week-Long Study Tour (Preference of): Germany-Switzerland or Finland-Sweden 
  • Core Course Week: Study tour to Western Denmark + a two-day seminar in Copenhagen (full year students travel to Berlin in spring)
All studios within the Architecture & Design program have prerequisites based on the level of the studio: 
  • Studio Courses: Enrollment at a professional school or department of architecture or design at the junior or seior level. Completion of a minimum of two spatial design studios at university level. 
  • Foundation Studio Courses: Documented background in fine arts or studio art, or completion of a course in drawing at university level.

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.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Approx. Start Approx. End
Fall 2019 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2019-2020 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Programs may fill long before their final deadline. * Recommendation--For SPRING: APPLY in MAY to study abroad the following spring. For FALL/YEAR: APPLY in DECEMBER. Late applications may be accepted, but colleges typically need time to process your approval.