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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: 4 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: Art & Design Education, Communications Design, Digital Arts, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Graduate Architecture and Urban Design, History of Art & Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Undergraduate Architecture
Program Description:

DIS Copenhagen: Summer Session 3
Program Dates: Monday, July 2nd – Sunday, July 29th 2018
DIS Copenhagen Summer Introduction Packet

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.

Stockholm: DIS is located in one of Stockholm’s most beautiful neighborhoods in a new award-winning building. It is housed under the same roof as the Royal College of Music, giving you ample opportunities to network with other students in the building’s cafés and common spaces or out and about in the city. Stockholm is the hub for politics, industry, fashion, and research sectors in Sweden. You have the chance to dive into these while on field studies that take you out of the classroom and into the city.

With 14 islands to discover, each day brings a new adventure. Explore the bustling metropolis of central Stockholm. Study with an ocean view. Wind your way down the narrow streets of Gamla Stan. Meet friends for an afternoon fika at a café in edgy Södermalm. Spend a summer evening with friends, grab a blanket, and hold a barbecue! Walk up to viewpoints such as Monteliusvägen to enjoy an incredible outlook over the spires of Gamla Stan. There are so many possibilities for you to make your experience your own.


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 four weeks, running through the month of July. 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. 

Summer Program Session 3:  July 2 to July 29
Sun. July 3                            Latest departure from US
Mon. July 4                           Arrival day
Mon. July 17-Fri. July 21      Program-Integrated Study Tour
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.

Credits: 4

Courses (see website link for detailed descriptions)
  • Lifespan Psychology: Shaping the Self
  • Public Health Policy in Practice
  • Trash Culture: Consumption, Waste, and Re-use
  • World of Vikings: Facts, Fiction, and Fantasy
  • Arctic Ecology
  • Bicycle Urbanism
  • Child Development: Theory and Practice
  • European Genocides
  • European Greenspace
  • Nordic Culinary Culture
  • Propaganda: Fakes and Facts
  • Sex Education and Sexual Reform in Europe
Study Tours and 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, 4 credits:                               $6,852
Undergraduate Tuition, 4 credits:                      $6,192
Study-Abroad Fee                                             $400
International Student Fee:                                 $75
Non-refundable deposit:                                    $500*
Paid Directly to DIS:
DIS Housing:                                                     $1,775                                                
DIS Independent Housing Fee:                         $240

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.

Additional Expenses**
Airfare                                                               $1000 - $1,500
Estimated personal expense                            $2,000 -$3,000

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

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 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.

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.