DIS-Copenhagen: Architecture and Design Programs

Program Details

Program Location Copenhagen, Denmark
Sponsor DIS
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 32001
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Summer 2023 06/11/23 to 07/29/23
Page Links
Click here to apply for this program!
Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


DIS-Copenhagen: Architecture and Design Programs

Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, has a rich history influenced by more than 800 years of Danish settlement. Copenhagen is rare in that it combines the economic, scientific, and cultural life of a modern city with a relaxed, small town atmosphere.

Copenhagen is the seat of Danish Parliament, the central government, international organizations, research libraries, national museums of art and history, and the national media. It is the center of musical and cultural life. Students may take advantage of the city's superior transportation system to get around town. Trains and buses run day and night.

DIS administrative and classroom buildings are located in the heart of Medieval Copenhagen. Facilities include but are not limited to a reference and student library, student lounges, computer labs, a student information desk, and student support services.

The DIS Architecture and Design Summer Programs (mid-June thru beginning of Aug.)

This program offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to study contemporary Scandinavian architecture and design.

There are seven programs/tracks to choose from:

  • Furniture Design*
  • Interior Architecture
  • Urban Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Graphic Design Foundations
  • Architectural Design
  • Architectural Foundations

*Due to the popularity of this program, this program fills up early. Interested students should completed their Purdue Study Abroad application as soon as possible after fall grades have posted.

Each of the AD programs forms an integrated whole, in which studio work, lecture, seminar and comparative field project courses, field work in Copenhagen, and study tours in Europe combine to give students a thorough understanding of and inspiration from the theory, aesthetics, methodology, and actual works of contemporary Scandinavian and European architects and designers.

The AD programs place great emphasis on experiencing prime examples of architecture and design hands-on. Therefore, they include a number of field study visits in Copenhagen as well as program-related study tours in Denmark and Scandinavia. The AD study tours are included in the over program fee and introduce you to Danish and Scandinavian historical and modern buildings, interiors, restoration projects. See the DIS website for more details on the length of the trips and destination.

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:DIS.


DIS-Copenhagen: Architecture and Design Programs

The program is open to Purdue students in good standing who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.

In addition:

  • Furniture Design - Enrollment in a professional school or department of design. Two spatial design studios at university level. Experience with stationary power tools and hand tools.
  • Interior Architecture - Enrollment in a professional school or department of design. Two spatial design studios at university level.
  • Urban Design - Enrollment in a professional school or department of design. Two spatial design studios at university level.
  • Graphic Design - Enrollment in a professional school or department of design. Knowledge of one or more programs in Adobe Creative Suite. Two graphic design or related studios at university level.
  • Graphic Design Foundations - One drawing course at university level. Knowledge of one or more programs in Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Architectural Design - Enrollment in a professional school or department of architecture or design. Two spatial design studios at university level.
  • Architectural Foundations - One drawing course at university level.

GPA Requirement: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit

Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Agriculture] [College of Liberal Arts] [College of Health and Human Sciences] [Interdisciplinary and Special Programs]
Specifically from: HORT (AG) and ENTR (Interdisciplinary & Special Programs)

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

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Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss. 

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

The program fee includes: Full tuition and fees; insurance; rental of a complete set of textbooks & photocopied handouts; all field study events; use of DIS facilities, including library and computer labs; and study tours as described in the individual program "chapters" on the DIS website.

Possible additional fees:

  • Furniture Design Program:  $1,250
  • Participation in Session 1: please see DIS website
    • Additional $304.70 to study abroad fee

There is an additional $500 discount for participation in all three DIS summer sessions.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Summer 2023

Costs per term to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $7,435.00
Study Abroad Fee $609.40
Housing $3,120.00
Program Discount for Purdue Students - $1,500.00

Approximate additional costs per term
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,500.00
Meals $1,050.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $1,050.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos) $175.00

Financial Aid

Please see the DIS website for additional scholarships.

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

The DIS Furniture Design Program fills early. APPLY EARLY for the best chance of being accepted.
Program Application Deadline
Most Summer Programs Mar 1

Returnees Information

DIS-Copenhagen: Architecture and Design Programs

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email studyabroad@purdue.edu.