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

Students choose among the following programs for Summer 2013:
See for full course and study tour details, syllabi, and prerequisites.
* An asterisk denotes courses with prerequisites.

The language of instruction is English with the exception of language classes. Students take one three-credit course during a three-week summer session. Students earn nine-credits for the architecture and design programs.

Session I

  • Children with Special Needs
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Design & Society in Denmark
  • European Clinical Psychology*
  • Gender & Sexuality in Scandinavia
  • Health Delivery & Prioritization in Northern Europe
  • Human Health & Diseases: A Clinical Approach*
  • Human Trafficking in a Global Context
  • Livability in the Mordern City
  • Positive Psychology*
  • The Social Brain: The Neuropsychology of Social Behaviors*
  • Stolen Childhoods: Immigrant and Refugee in Europe

Session II (Each course includes a five-day study tour in Europe)

  • Children in a Multicultural Context
  • Cross-cultural Psychology*
  • Emerging Markets
  • European Clinical Psychology*
  • Health Diversity & Prioritization in Northern Europe
  • Holocaust & Genocide
  • Human Health & Disease: A Clinical Approach*
  • Medical Biotechnology & Drug Development*
  • Positive Psychology*
  • Prostitution and The Sex Trade
  • Renewable Energy Systems
  • Sustainable Food Systems: Ecology, Economy, and Ethics

Architecture & Design Programs

  • Architecture
  • Architecture Foundations
  • Furniture Design in Scandinavia
  • Graphic Design
  • Interior Architecture
  • Urban Design

Apart from students enrolled in the Furniture Design in Scandinavia Program, all students take "Scandinavian Design and Architecture: History, Theory, and Practice (3 credits)" and a program-specific studio course (6 credits each).

Students in the Furniture Design in Scandinavia Program take "Furniture Design in Scandinavia (3 credits)" and "Furniture Design Studio and Workshop (6 credits)."


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.

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 14, 2014
Session II: June 16 - July 5, 2014
Session III: July 7 - August 2, 2014
Architecture & Design Programs: June 16 - August 2, 2014

Application Deadline(s)

March 15

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 2014

Session I (3 weeks, 3 credits) $2745
Session II (3 weeks, 3 credits) $3845
Session III (4 weeks, 4 credits) $4410
Architechture & Design (7 weeks, 7 credits) $6780
Furniture Design (7 weeks, 9 credits) $7885

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 ($1325 for 3 weeks, $1595 for 4 weeks, $2665 for 7 weeks), personal expenses ($300 for 3 weeks, $400 for 4 weeks, $700 for 7 weeks), food ($150 for 3 weeks, $200 for 4 weeks, $350 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
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

(Students: DO NOT send the student recommendation form to your evaluators as an attachment. Please only send the page URL. The student recommendation form can be found under the "Apply Now" tab.) 

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.