Denmark: Copenhagen Summer

Program Overview

Copenhagen is a little bit off the beaten track, which is exactly why it is so interesting. A cosmopolitan capital and university center of 1.5 million people, Copenhagen is a safe and hospitable city that combines medieval charm with modern lifestyles and easy access to the rest of continental Europe. The CSI sponsored program is through the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS), an internationally renowned study abroad organization affiliated with the University of Copenhagen. The DIS program is located at the very center of medieval Copenhagen, in a beautifully restored building from 1789, which includes a library, student lounges, computer labs, student advising and information services, architecture studios, and a few new classrooms. The program is challenging but manageable; courses are taught in English by Danish faculty, on a level comparable to selective universities.


Academic Profile

Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) in Copenhagen

The language of instruction is English with the exception of language classes.

Students choose among the following programs for Summer 2015:
See DIS Summer website for the updated course list, full course and study tour details, syllabi, and prerequisites. 

DIS offers 3-week 3-credit and 4-week 4-credit courses within a variety of academic fields. Students can choose to enroll in one course for 3-4 credits in each session. In Session I, the courses run for 3 weeks in Copenhagen. In Session II and III, the courses include a 5-day study tour in Europe.

Session I (3 weeks, 3 credits)
  • Children with Special Needs
  • Cognitive Neuroscience of Fear: From Animal to Human Models
  • Corporate Social Responsibility: Business or Ethics?
  • Danish Greenspace
  • Design and Society in Denmark
  • Enemy Within, The: Spies, Espionage, and the Cold War
  • Health Delivery and Prioritization in Northern Europe
  • Human Health and Disease: A Clinical Approach
  • Human Trafficking in a Global Context
  • Livability in the Modern City
  • Meaning of Style, The
  • Nordic Art in the Studio
  • Positive Psychology
  • Psychology of Criminal Behavior
  • Science of Climate Change
  • Social Brain, The: The Neuropsychology of Social Behaviors
  • Sports Medicine: Performance and Fatigue
  • Stolen Childhoods: Immigrant and Refugee Children

Session II (3 weeks, 3 credits)
  • Adolescence in Northern Europe
  • Children in a Multicultural Context
  • Climate Change and Glacier Modeling
  • Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • Emerging Markets
  • European Clinical Psychology
  • Food and Identity
  • Food Systems
  • Gender and Sexuality in Scandinavia
  • Health Delivery and Prioritization in Northern Europe
  • Human Health and Disease: A Clinical Approach
  • Medical Biotechnology and Drug Development
  • Positive Psychology
  • Prostitution and The Sex Trade
  • Renewable Energy Systems
  • Roskilde Festival: Community, Culture, and Creativity (Note: Course runs to July 6 due to festival dates)
  • Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism from a European Perspective

Session III (4 weeks, 4 credits)
  • Bicycle Urbanism
  • Child Development: Theory and Practice
  • European Genocides
  • World of Vikings, The: Fact, Fiction, and Fantasy
  • Windmills Constructed: Energy in Scandinavia

The Architecture & Design Program offers seven unique summer design programs to explore the essential nature of world-renowned Danish architecture and design.

  • Architecture, Architecture Foundations, Graphic Design, Graphic Design Foundations, Interior Architecture, and Urban Design programs offer 7 credits: 6-credit studio course including study tour and 1-credit Visual Journal course.
  • Furniture Design in Scandinavia offers 9 credits: 6-credit studio including study tour and 3-credit lecture course.


Activities and Opportunities

Student Life

Program participants may choose between a European – type student residence hall (kollegium) with Danish and other international students and share DIS housing –living with other DIS students close to the center of the city.  Students prepare their own meals.  Each three-week program includes a one-week study tour.

Program participants may choose between 1) living with other DIS students in a DIS Residential Community and 2) sharing a European-type student residence hall called Kollegium with Danish or other international students from various universities and colleges.

For more information about housing, visit DIS Summer housing website.

Alumni Feedback

“The PCD program gives you the rare opportunity to see how the children of Denmark truly live.”
- Sandy Cohen, Brooklyn College, Psychology & Child Development

”An amazing experience beyond all expectations!”
- Edward Aminov, Baruch College, International Business & Economics

”I will never look at furniture the same way now that I have had first hand experience with Danish design. Quality workmanship, an emphasis on function, and attention to good aesthetics are all characteristics of Danish design that I acquired in the DIS Program.  Where else but Denmark can you experience a fantastic city, most of it on foot, touch (and sit in!) the fabulous furniture pieces from the master designers of both past and present, AND learn how to weld?”
- Katherine Weispfenning, St Cloud State University, Furniture Design in Scandinavia

“Spending a short 6 weeks in Copenhagen with the Nursing in Scandinavia program has given me a more global perspective on nursing.  We were incorporated into a culture embodying different views and opinions than our own in an atmosphere where all parties involved were able to learn and grow from the differences.  This experience abroad has given me a strong curiosity to learn and grow with more cultures.  My eyes have been opened to a whole new world of opportunities. “
- Amanda Hill, Northern Michigan University, Nursing in Scandinavia


Copenhagen Summer Program Details


Session I: May 25-June 13, 2015
Session II: June 15-July 4, 2015
Session III: July 6-August 1, 2015
Architecture & Design: June 15-August 1, 2015

Application Deadline(s)

March 1

Eligibility Requirements

Juniors and Seniors with a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale; transcript; one academic reference for Summer; statement of purpose; minimum age of 18.


For Summer 2015:

Session I (3 weeks, 3 credits) $2860
Session II (3 weeks, 3 credits) $4000
Session III (4 weeks, 4 credits) $4595
Architechture & Design (7 weeks, 7 credits) $7065
Furniture Design (7 weeks, 9 credits) $8215

Note: Discounts available for signing up for more than one session. Please inquire.

Costs Included

Instructional costs abroad, textbooks and photocopies, field study events, personal e-mail account and internet access, study tours, compensation for local commuting, administrative fees, orientation, sickness and accident insurance.

Costs Not Included

Airfare ($1000-$1500), housing ($1380 for 3 weeks, $1660 for 4 weeks, $2770 for 7 weeks), personal expenses ($300 for 3 weeks, $400 for 4 weeks, $700 for 7 weeks), food ($300 for 3 weeks, $400 for 4 weeks, $700 for 7 weeks)

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Please contact the appropriate individual to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.

Related Links


Your Adventure in Denmark Begins Here

Submit Application Materials To:

Satoko Fukai

College of Staten Island/CUNY
The Center for International Service
Building 2A, Room 206
2800 Victory Blvd.
Staten Island, NY 10314
(718) 982-2100(718) 982-2100
Fax (718) 982-2108

How do I apply?

Start the CCIS Study Abroad application process by downloading the forms. To download, right click on the application or recommendation form and click "save as", then save the form to your desktop or downloads. Once you have completed your form, SAVE IT FIRST!!!! DO NOT CLICK "SUBMIT" until you have SAVED your form or the recipient will receive a BLANK form. Once you have saved it, click "submit" and THEN email your completed form as an attachment to the contact email address associated with the program in which you are applying. If for some reason you do not see the email address pop up when you click "submit", then email the application to the program sponsor listed here on this page.


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CCIS Online Application & Instructions

CCIS Online Student Recommendation

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All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Please contact the appropriate individual to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.