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  • Locations: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring with Interim, Year
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: DIS - Study Abroad in Scandinavia 
  • Restrictions: St. Olaf College applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring with Interim, Year
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Field of Study: Architecture, Child Development, Danish, History, Human Rights, International Business, Literature, Music, Neuroscience, Political Science, Psychology, Sustainability Language of Instruction: English
Course Number: 246 Program Host: Danish Institute for Study Abroad
Class Eligibility: Junior, Senior Minimum GPA: 3.0
Department: OFFC Advisor or Instructor: Margaret O'Leary, Richard Goedde
Housing: Apartments, FolkehĂžjskole, Host Family, International Roommate, Residence Hall, Student Housing
Program Description:
Architecture & Design 

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 new wave architects and designers. 


  • Exploring and applying Danish and Scandinavian design philosophies and practices, expand your knowledge of design processes, giving you a competitive edge in a globalized world 

  • Field studies, office visits, and introductions by studio faculty to classic and contemporary precedents serve as a fundamental basis for your own design development in studio 

  • Challenging assignments addressing real sites in and around Copenhagen enhance your design skills and methods 


Whether you are from a professional school of architecture or design, or have a liberal arts background and seek to build your foundations in architecture and design, two tracks of each core course theme ensure there is a fitting level for you. You should be ready to fully engage in the studio discourse, prepare for individual desk critique, and invest time outside of studio hours developing projects. 



Fall/Spring, 6 Credits 

  • Architecture Design Studio: This studio is 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 studio offers you an opportunity to develop design skills, giving you a foundation in spatial design; a perfect core course if you might pursue a graduate degree in architecture. 

Interior Architecture
Spring Only, 6 Credits 

  • 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 re-use 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
Fall/Spring, 6 Credits 

  • Urban Design Studio: This studio is 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 studios 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 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 senior 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. 

Visit to view the full course list of over 250 additional electives!

Program Overview
DIS Copenhagen offers a range of programs for undergraduate students.  Students choose a core course from one of these programs: architecture and design, biomedicine, child diversity and development, communication and mass media, European culture and history, European politics, global economics, international business, justice and human rights, medical practice and policy, migration and identity, psychology, public health and sustainability in Europe. This core course has two course-integrated study tours: one short regional study tour and one longer tour to a European destination relevant to the core course content.  In addition students can choose from a wide array of other courses either within their chosen program, or as electives.

Students of junior or senior standing with at least a 3.0 GPA can spend semester I, Interim and semester II or the full year studying at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad.  The courses are selected to cover fields where Scandinavia can offer English-speaking students a unique academic experience. International business courses will, in most cases, apply to the management or finance area of emphasis in economics or to the management concentration. Selected courses may count toward many majors, including Economics, Biology, History and Art, as well as the Nordic Studies Concentration. Courses have been approved for HBS, HWC, ALS-L, WRI, and ALS-A. Classes are taught in English by Danish faculty members.  A complete catalogue is available from the program advisors or Office of International and Off-Campus Studies; you can also browse courses by clicking here.  Students studying off-campus in the fall can bring up to 4.5 credits back to campus; students studying off-campus in the spring with interim can bring up to 5.5 credits back to campus.

Student Life
Students can take advantage of life in the historic and vibrant city of Copenhagen.  During the travel break optional study tours and adventure tours are available to other Scandinavian and European countries, including Eastern Europe and Russia. To learn more about student life at DIS Copenhagen, click here.

Program participants live with Danish families, in Danish student housing, share an apartment with a Danish roommate or share housing with other DIS students.

Pre-Approved GE Credits
This is a list of pre-approved GE credits.  If you want other courses to be considered for GE credit, contact your St. Olaf Program Advisors, Margaret O'Leary and Richard Goedde.


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Academic Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018-2019 03/01/2018
03/22/2018 08/17/2018 12/15/2018
Spring with Interim 2018-2019 03/01/2018
03/22/2018 01/11/2019 05/12/2019
Year 2018-2019 03/01/2018
03/22/2018 08/17/2018 05/12/2019

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This program is currently not accepting applications.