“Design studio is the backbone of the semester in Copenhagen. You will choose
between the interior Architecture studio and Urban Design studios, but students
from Architecture, Interior Architecture and Urban Design studios are brought
together in elective courses, field studies and study tours.” (Taken from the DIS website.)
Copenhagen: 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.
PROGRAM + REQUIREMENTS
Enrollment will be limited to 12 qualifying students based on review of the applicant's portfolio and academic transcript. If necessary, a portfolio interview will take place by appointment, and a waiting list will be created.
Beyond your studio, you will be advised on which courses to take to fulfill your Pratt required course load.
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
- No Incomplete grades
- No Failing grades
- Making satisfactory progress in INT 301, INT 325, and INT 326
Pratt Interior Design students take 3 or 4 courses for a total of 12 or 15 credits (respectively) which will substitute for your required courses at Pratt:
DIS also offers Outdoor Adventure Trips during the three week break for no credit and additional fees. For further information on the Adventure trips, log onto: http://www.dis/trips/
*List of options available on DIS. Selection must be approved by the department.
**Liberal arts courses are listed in the course description catalogue (DIS Spring Course Catalogue)
"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."
A critical component of the Copenhagen Semester Program at DIS is the opportunity for study tours. The Interior Design Studio goes on one long tour:
Explore the transformation of industrial districts into recreational and cultural areas as well as the architectural movements of the 20th century on a tour to Germany + Netherlands
. Visit iconic contemporary and historical sites alike, by prominent architects such as Rem Koolhaas/OMA, Herzog & de Meuron, MVRDV and Gerrit Rietveld.
in Sweden + Finland
the tour is a hands-on study of modern Scandinavian architecture and design. Examples studied include works by Asplund, Leverenz, Aalto, Pietila, and a number of other contemporary architectural designs.
Additional Tours (optional):
There are optional one week study tours which are held during one of the two weeks during Spring break. These tours are an additional cost, and may serve as an additional studio elective or Liberal Arts credit.
Full descriptions of these optional study tours can be found in the 2019_Intro Document_DIS Interior Design.docx
COST, CURRENCY + EXPENSES
Paid Directly to Pratt
Undergraduate tuition $24,905
Study Abroad Fee $400
Institutional Technology Fee $325
Dewar's Tuition Insurance $175
Pratt Health Insurance* $1,244.50
Paid Directly to DIS
Comprehensive Housing Fee $6,225
Danish Residency Permit Fee $300
Independent Housing Fee $500
if not at DIS housing
Visa fee $300
Airfare $1,000 - $1,500
Estimated personal expense for semester $1,500 - $3,000
Meals (per month)** $400 - $500
It will be up to the students to waive the required health insurance if covered by a policy on his/her parents health plan.
Airfare, books, studio supplies, and meals are the student’s responsibility. Also, there is an additional international student fee of $75.00.
Financial Aid Application: 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.
DIS Scholarships: There are several scholarships given by DIS based on financial need, leadership skills and academic excellence. The awards range from $3,000-$10,000 for semester students. Please visit the website to review the qualifications and deadlines.
*With proof of private health insurance, Pratt Health Insurance may be waived.
**Airfare, books, studio supplies, and meals are the student's responsibility.
***A food stipend of approximately $600 is provided towards all non-host family students grocery costs with the exception of the Independent Housing option.
There are three options for housing, host family, kollegium, and DIS Housing, available to Pratt students. Please note that you must
choose one of the three housing options offered by DIS. 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: This is one of our most popular housing options. Living in a kollegium combines the opportunity to be independent while giving you the chance to immerse yourself in Danish culture by living side-by-side with Danes as well as international students.
Kollegium is the Danish word for a student residence hall. European universities usually do not have campuses - the kollegiums used by DIS are shared between many Danish universities and colleges and are located throughout greater Copenhagen, which means that staying at a kollegium at the same time gives you the opportunity to get to know the inner city of Copenhagen because this is where you will be taking a lot of your classes as well as the surrounding neighborhoods and cities in the greater area of Copenhagen because this is where you will be living! In most cases you will have your own room with shared bath and common kitchen.
CULTURE, DINING + LIFESTYLE
Homestay: You've probably been out of the house for a few years now and may have some reservations about living under someone else's roof again. We - and our host families - understand this! But there are many advantages of living with a Danish family while in Denmark and sharing their everyday life and traditions.
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.
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!
Bicycling is 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.
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.