Over the past decade, Copenhagen has consistently ranked on Monocle Magazine’s Top 10 Most Livable Cities and is leading the world in sustainable urban solutions. The city’s infrastructure is made for bikes, with 50% of Copenhageners commuting to work or school by bike. Become part of this unique city’s fabric for your semester, using it as your classroom, and look beyond to other cities in Europe on Study Tour to analyze their successes and challenges.
Using the city as our classroom, this course combines first-hand experiences through biking, walking, and sensing the city with theoretical knowledge of the built environment, urban life, and urban transformations. The understanding of cities draws from different fields through expressions of society: civility in the midst of diversity, culture and art, science and technology; trade, commerce, money; power; politics, policy, and political tension and strife.
The course introduces current urban paradigms, urban practices, and urban policies, putting Copenhagen and cities in Europe on the map in terms of urban sustainability, livability, and resilience.
Core Course Study Tours
This program travels on Study Tours to the following destinations:
Week-Long Study Tour: Budapest-Vienna (Spring) or Germany (Fall) or Barcelona
Core Course Week: Southern Sweden or Denmark or Northern Germany
Early in the semester, you delve into your academic focus during Core Course Week, in which you travel on a short Study Tour for three days in Denmark or a neighboring country, combined with a two-day seminar in Copenhagen. Later in the semester, you travel again with your Core Course on a week-long Study Tour in Europe.
While on tour, theories learned in the classroom come to life by meeting with professionals and experts in your field who contribute to furthering your understanding of course topics. Study Tours are hands-on and experiential, combining theory with practice, and expose you to additional cultural perspectives. You have the opportunity to visit sites and experts in your field of interest that you may not otherwise have access to.
Add elective courses to complement your Core Course at DIS Copenhagen. You decide how to build your course load based on your needs and interests!
Electives range across disciplines and include research, workshops, studios, and even Exploration Electives, which come with a travel component.
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.