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  • Locations: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Program Terms: Summer, Summer Faculty-Led
  • Homepage: Click to visit
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/27/2020 04/05/2020 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Credits: 7 Class Standing Restrictions: Must have completed Undergraduate 1st year
Click here for a definition of this term Enrollment Restrictions: Available to both undergraduate and graduate students Housing: Housing provided
Language of Instruction: English Program Director: Myonggi Sul
Field of Study: Communications Design, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Graduate Architecture and Urban Design, History of Art & Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Undergraduate Architecture, Urban Planning
Program Description:

DIS Copenhagen: Summer Session 4
Architecture + Design  
Program Dates: Monday, June 11th – Sunday, July 29th 2018
DIS Copenhagen Summer Introduction Packet

The capital and most populated city of Denmark, Copenhagen is the hub for politics, business, design, and research sectors in Denmark — perfect for field studies that take you out of the classroom to meet local experts. The city is at the forefront of the New Nordic wave currently reinventing the aesthetics of urban design, architecture, and food. Dive into canals from the harbor baths, and commute to class on the 390 km of bike lanes! Denmark has often rated the happiest nation in the world according to the UN’s World Happiness Report. Explore the Danish concept of hygge— sharing cozy moments with new friends.


The Architecture and Design in Copenhagen program gives Architecture, Communications Design, Fine Arts, Industrial Design, and Interior Design undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to earn seven credits studying cutting-edge Scandinavian design. The program lasts seven weeks, running between mid-June and early August. The curriculum combines interdisciplinary studio work with an investigation and analysis of contemporary society, politics, and environment. Teachers include masters in the fields of architecture, furniture design, graphic design, interior architecture, and urban design. Students also travel to Sweden, Finland, Norway, and western Denmark for field trips. 

Architecture and Design, Session 4:  July 11-July 29                      
Sun. June 10                        Latest departure from US
Mon. June 11                        Arrival in Copenhagen, introduction to housing
Wed. June 13                       Start of Program
Sat. June 24-Sun. July 02    Program-Integrated Study Tours
Sat, July 29                          Last day of DIS Housing

Chair approval must be obtained prior to application. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so acceptance is generally "first come, first serve" until all openings are filled (50 spots available), or until the decision deadline of March 15, 2018.


Pratt majors accepted:
Undergraduate Graduate
CommD CommD
Industrial Design Industrial Design
Interior Design Interior Design
Architecture Architecture
Fine Arts Fine Arts
Fashion Urban Planning
Credits: 7*

Courses: (see website link and attached brochure for detailed descriptions)

Design Studio is the backbone of the seven week Architecture and Design Summer Program in Copenhagen.  Students will enroll in the studio of his/her choice from the options listed below for 3 credits, seminar course for 3 credits and a journal course for 1 credit for total of 7 credits. The following options for area of study are available for the Summer Program.  The Department Chairs have determined how the credits may apply, but In most cases, the seven credits are applied toward required studio elective credits for Graduate students, and 4 credits applied to studio electives and 3 credits applied to required Social Science credits for Undergraduates.  The studio options are:
  • Architecture Design Studio & Visual Journal + 1 wk Nordic Study Tour
  • Furniture Design Studio & Visual Journal +1 wk Nordic Study Tour
  • Graphic Design & Visual Journal + 1 wk Nordic Study Tour
  • Interior Architecture & Visual Journal + 1wk Nordic Study Tour
  • Urban Design Studio & Visual Journal + 1 wk Nordic Study Tour

Study Tours + Field Studies: A critical component of the Copenhagen Summer Program at DIS is the study tours; a week long study tour to Sweden and Finland or Sweden and Norway is part of the studio experience.
“DIS places strong emphasis on combining classroom work with experiential learning
so that you come away with applicable, real life, cross-cultural skills for the global job market."

Language Requirement: No

 *although the DIS website states that this session is 7-9 credits, Pratt students will only be granted 7 credits

Program Cost

Paid Directly to Pratt:

Graduate Tuition, 7 credits:                              $11,991        
Undergraduate Tuition, 7 credits:                     $10,836
Study-Abroad Fee:                                           $400
International Student Fee:                                $75
Non-refundable deposit:                                   $500*
Paid Directly to DIS:
DIS Housing:  7 weeks                                     $2,925
DIS Independent Housing Fee, Arch & Des:    $400
Cost for transporting work back to NYC:           TBD (Approximately $300)
Additional Expenses:**
Airfare                                                                 $1000 - $1,500
Estimated personal expense                             $2,000 -$3,000
Currency: Danish krone and Euros

Expenses: It is recommended that students obtain at least $200 in cash to exchange for the host country's local currency to cover personal expenses, transportation, and food. Major credit and debit cards are widely accepted; ATMs are a more economical means to access cash.

Financial Aid Application: Due February 15
Financial Aid*** is available for the DIS Summer Program Session 4 in Copenhagen.  You should go to Financial Aid as soon as possible to fill out an application form even if you are not 100% certain that you will go on the study abroad program.

*Refund Policy: If you withdraw on May 10 or before, 100% of the total program cost will be refunded, except the non-refundable deposit of $500. If you withdraw May 17-23, 55% of the total program cost will be refunded, except the non-refundable deposit of $500. If you withdraw on May 23 or after, no refund will be issued. 

**Airfare, books, studio supplies, and meals are the student’s responsibility

***DIS offers a scholarship to students in the Summer Program on need basis.  Please request a scholarship application form from the DIS Coordinator, Myonggi Sul by emailing: DIS also awards two/three merit scholarships presented at Pratt during the Fall DIS exhibit.

DIS guarantees housing to all students who request (and have paid for) DIS arranged housing. The deadline for requesting summer housing is one month before the arrival date, but the sooner you sign up for housing the better.  During the summer, Kollegium and DIS Residential Communities are the two housing options.  However, if these two housing options reach capacity, students may be offered a Danish Roommate or a Host Famiy.  Once you’ve been admitted to DIS and are registering online for your summer abroad, you will have an opportunity to express interest in one of these alternative options. More information can be found on the website,
DIS Residential Community: The DIS Residential Community option, you live with other DIS students in a DIS housing facility.  The facilities are all relatively centrally located and furnished.  The sizes vary and two or more students often share a room.  You will either share a kitchenette and a bathroom with your roommates or share a common kitchen and bathroom with fellow DIS students living in the same building.

Kollegium: Kollegium is the Danish word for a student residence hall. European universities usually do not have campuses; consequently, kollegiums are used by students from various universities and colleges. The Kollegiums have been divided into three categories:
  • Traditional:  Live in a kollegium where there is a possibility for social events and informal get-togethers with other residents.  You share the kitchen with 10-12 other residents and will typically have your own room and bathroom, or a double room that you share with another DIS student.
  • International: Boost your study experience with an international influence and choose to live in kollegiums with international students.  In this independent apartment style setting, you will usually share a bathroom and common facilities with one or two students, or be in a facility where you share only the kitchen with three other students.
  • Independent: Choose to lead an independent lifestyle and live in one of DIS’ independent apartment-style kollegiums.  You will have your own room, bathroom and kitchenette.  These kollegiums generally do not offer social activities as there are typically no common facilities.

Independent Housing: Students arrange for his/her own housing. Independent Housing Fee applies. Students who switch between DIS Housing to Independent Housing after May 1 will be subject to a $100 change fee, plus any additional direct costs.

Visa: a Visa is not required of United States citizens during short-term stays (less than 90 days) to Denmark, Finland, Norway, or Sweden. However, students who do not hold US citizenship may need to obtain a Visa. Refer to the links below for more information on Visa requirements. Upon acceptance, students will be contacted by DIS and can gain assistance in the process from the institute.

US Department of State
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark

Citizens of the U.S., Canada, Australia and the European Union do NOT need a Danish Residence permit or tourist visa to study in Denmark for the summer.  You simply arrive with your passport, which must be valid 3 months beyond the last day of stay in the Schengen countries.

If you are NOT a citizen of the U.S., Canada, Australia, or the European Union, you MAY need a tourist visa to enter Denmark.  A list of countries whose citizens need a visa to enter in Denmark can be found on the Immigration Service’s web site

Schengen Visa: you must apply for this visa at the Embassy/Consulate of your main destination

DIS Study Tours,  students who are NOT citizens of the U.S., Canada, Australia, or the EU may need to apply for additional tourist visas for the academic study tours.  DIS will assist students with applying for visas once the students have begun the get started packet for the Summer Study Abroad Program.

Tourist Visa: This visa will allow you to enter all Schengen countries (Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland)  

If you are required to obtain a tourist visa, you will need to:
  • Register your application online through the Visa Self Service Denmark website
  • Submit payment of visa fee*
  • Obtain a passport** with a validity that exceeds the intended stay in Schengen by at least three months.  Other travel documents by at least six months.  Passports must have been issued within the last ten years.  Please make sure that your passport/travel documents has a blank page to affix the visa.
  • A recent photo (no hats, scarves, sunglasses, etc.)
  • Schedule a personal appointment at the Consulate General in New York to submit the required documents, or mail the required documents to the Consulate General***
  • A valid U.S. Resident Alien Card (copies or notarized copies are not acceptable)  or a valid U.S. visa (including the I-94 or I-94W form).  Students should present a valid I-20.  If returning to the U.S., the residence permit/visa must be valid at least three months beyond the last day of the intended stay in Denmark/Schengen.
  • Proof establishing the purpose of your trip. Once you’ve submitted your Get Started registration form, the DIS North American Office will provide you with this letter. Please contact Steve Olson at:  with questions regarding a visa to Schengen countries, and Mia Schleifer:  at the Pratt International Affairs Office with questions regarding return to U.S.
  • Proof of travel insurance.  DIS will provide a letter from the insurance company directly to the Danish Consulate General on your behalf.
  • Proof of accommodation.  Once you’ve submitted your Get Started registration form, the DIS North American Office will provide you with this letter.  Please contact Kari Theil at with questions.
  • Proof that you can continue your trip after your visit to the Schengen countries (i.e. confirmed itinerary from airline or travel agent)
  • A recent bank statement or international credit card statement in your name.  You need to show that you have $50 per day while you are in the Schengen area($25 per day if you are staying with family, friends, or DIS provided housing).  If you are unable to submit  bank or credit card statement, you can submit copies of traveler’s checks. On approval of your Schengen visa your original airline ticket must be submitted.  E-tickets showing ticket number and payment in full is acceptable.
Royal Danish Consulate
885 Second Avenue, 18th floor (48th Street)
New York, NY  10017-22-1

*You may only send CASH or MONEY ORDERS made out to the Danish Consulate.  No personal checks.  You should check the current visa fees on the Sunsular website.

**If you cannot pick up your passport once the visa has been issued, the passport will be sent to your home or business address-at your own risk- via Federal Express.  In this case, an additional $20 will be charged.  Do NOT include a PO Box mailing address on your application, FedEx cannot deliver to PO Boxes and the return of your passport will be delayed.

***Most applications will be processed by the Royal Danish Consulate General, and may take up to 2 months.  In some cases, the application must be referred to the Danish Immigration Service in Denmark and may take longer.


Language: Although the official language of Denmark is Danish, many Danes living in Copenhagen -- particularly in the city center -- speak English. However, packing a dictionary or a phrasebook may be useful.

Attire: The Danish are known for propriety, which is demonstrated in almost every aspect of their culture. Although dress is casual, make sure your clothes are clean and neat; remember, you will be representing Pratt as student ambassadors!

Transportation: Bicycling as a popular form of travel in Copenhagen; an efficient way to travel around the city would be to rent a bike for the duration of your stay.

Dining:  The Danes take pride in their cuisine, and Copenhagen restaurants strive for excellence. If you're looking for traditional Danish food, head to Indre By or Nyhavn, Copenhagen's historic districts. For fine dining, head to the more upscale districts of Langelinie or Frederiksberg. Those on a budget might try Christiania where restaurants are generally cheaper due to the neighborhood's refusal to pay sales tax.

The centerpieces of Danish cooking are potatoes, cabbage, and mushrooms, produce that thrives in colder climates. Meals served in traditional Danish restaurants generally include large portions of meat and dairy products, in which pork and salmon are major culinary staples.

Street food is abundant in Copenhagen, and is of excellent quality and affordable cost. Make sure to try Denmark's national dish, Frikadeller (meatballs) accompanied by cabbage drenched in a cream sauce. And a trip to Copenhagen is not complete without sampling some of the country's famed pastries, with their flaky butter crusts, rich fruit compotes, and creamy custards.

Events: Look out for the Roskilde Music Festival, Fashion Week, the open-air electronica festival, midsummer bonfires celebrating Sankthansaften, the Jazz Festival, and the Pride Parade…to name a few!