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  • Locations: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
College/School: College of Architecture, Design and Construction Department/School: Environmental Design
Program Type: Auburn University Faculty-Led Program AU Faculty Director(s): Magdalena Garmaz,
Majors: Environmental Design Majors, Other Majors upon approval Student Level: JR-Junior, SO-Sophomore, SR-Senior
GPA: 2.25 (Undergraduates) Applicant Restrictions: AU & Non-AU students may apply
Program Description:

Environmental Design Program in
Copenhagen, Denmark



Environmental Design (ENVD) Copenhagen program is a three-week long summer program specifically tailored for the students interested in issues of sustainability, urban livability, transportation systems, design, and environmental design. Additional two weeks of study - only for ENVD students - will be conducted at Auburn campus prior to departure to Copenhagen. Non-ENVD students will be asked to complete pre-departure assignment, and to attend (if possible) all of the pre-departure meetings.
Students will be studying in Copenhagen, which has been consistently ranked as one of the most livable cities in the world. Its emphasis on bicycle urbanism has created a network of hundreds of miles of bike paths and bike super-highways.  It is one of the world design centers, and a great getaway to Nordic art, architecture, design and cutting-edge sustainable practices. Students will be able to learn first-hand about benefits of living in Denmark, and about urban, social, and economical systems that produce happiest citizens in the world according to a number of recent surveys.

Students will study different systems that make Copenhagen such a livable city, and they will use these findings to inform their class projects.  Students will also visit different design practices, as well as ongoing projects that are embedded in the cutting-edge sustainable issues. The benefits of the program are in the exposure to the most advanced sustainable solutions that contribute to the quality of life of ordinary citizens, and improvement of every aspect of urban life. 


All undergraduate students are welcome to apply as long as they meet the minimum GPA requirement of 2.25.

Application Procedure:

  • Space is limited and students have to file formal Auburn Abroad online application as soon as they know that they will be participating in the program.
  • Once the application is completed, it will be confirmed by Program Director (assuming all the aspects of the application are in order).
  • Non-Auburn University students must also be accepted as transient students by AU ($50 additional application fee).

Formal Program Admission:

Upon admission to program, all participants will be responsible for full payment of all fees and costs by the deadlines indicated. Review program fees and refund policy. Your program fee will be only refunded according to the schedule below.



Summer 2017:

  • 30 January 2017:  Program Application deadline
  • 1 February 2017: Submit your Passport application (if needed)
  • 31 March 2017: Have your Passport in your hands
  • March, April  2017: Weekly preparation meetings
  • 18 May - 2 June 2017: Instruction week in Auburn
  • 18 June 2017: Departure for Copenhagen from U.S.
  • 19 June 2017: Arrival and orientation – program start date on location
  • 7 July 2017: Departure from DIS residencies – program end date

All students will purchase their own plane ticket to Copenhagen.  Note that you will have to depart U.S. on June 18, 2017 in order to arrive on location on Monday morning, June 19, 2017.

Students may chose to arrive earlier to Copenhagen, and stay longer than stipulated in program, but that will be in their own arrangement, and it will be entirely their own responsibility.


Language of instruction is in English.

The courses offered to ENVD students only: ENVD 2100 Design Workshop I (6 credit hours) and ENVD 4100 Design Workshop II (6 credit hours).

ENVD 4970 – Special Topics class (3 credit hours) will be offered to non-ENVD students.


Estimated program cost for ENVD students is $6,957. Please note that this figure includes the $2,160 professional fee as required by CADC for the ENVD 2100/4100 class.

Estimated program cost for students from other majors is $4,711.


Included: tuition (instruction, use of classrooms, computer labs and library), group airport pick-up at arrival, arrival workshop, welcome dinner, tickets to most of the museums, public transportation passes, internet access, housing, additional workshops and field trips, as well as AU United Healthcare Global insurance and AU trip cancellation insurance.

Not included: airfare, transfers where needed, meals, Auburn Abroad fee ($638), passport cost (approximately $135), drawing supplies, personal expenses (gifts, additional travel).

Payment Schedule and Refund Policy:

Please review program fees and program payment schedule carefully – upon admission to the program, you will be responsible for payment of these fees.

Refunds will be made based on the cancellation dates listed below.

  • 28 February 2017: First half  of Program Fee due to Bursar
  • 28 March 2017: Second half of Program Fee due to Bursar
  • 25 April 2017: No refund after this date. Withdrawal from the program between 1 March 2016 and 25 April 2016 will result in a refund less 25% penalty.

Students suspended or dismissed from the program for disciplinary or academic reasons after the start of the program are not eligible for any refund of fees.


Students will be accommodated in Danhostel, located in central Copenhagen at Langebro bridge (  Each room has two beds, and a bathroom. There is also a fully equipped guest kitchen on premises. From Danhostel, there is a short walk to the well known Tivoli Amusement Park, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek Museum, Christiansborg and the famous pedestrian walking street, Stroget.

Public transportation passes are provided for unlimited travel from the housing location. Bike rental is included in the price of trip, starting from June 28, 2017, until the last day of the trip.



Denmark is Scandinavian country, and a home of Vikings. It is a constitutional monarchy organized in a form of parliamentary democracy, and Queen Margrethe II, a beloved public figure, has a largely ceremonial role. Although a member of European Union, Denmark has retained its own currency – Krone.  Danes are very proud of their prosperity and overall high standard of living, as well as of unusually low crime rates. They are in general very humble and welcoming, and their culture is based on a great sense of trust – it is not unusual to see a parent leave a baby in a stroller in front of a cafe, while making a quick purchase. Copenhagen.Bikes

Copenhagen has repeatedly been recognized as one of the cities with the best quality of life. It is also considered one of the world's most environmentally friendly cities (the water in the inner harbor is clean and safe for swimming). 36% of all citizens commute to work by bicycle, thus contributing to a unique urban experience. Copenhagen is one of the most important design centers in Europe and the world, and it has seen strong cultural and urban development since the WWII.

English language is spoken by everyone in Denmark.


  • Louisiana Museum for the Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark. A word famous museum (‘the most beautiful museum in the world”) located on a scenic property that has panoramic view over Oresund.
  • Day trip to Malmo, Sweden.
  • A boat tour of Copenhagen harbor is included, as well as entrance fee to a number of museums. 
  • Independent excursions based on research interest.


If you do not have a PASSPORT: Please check for the nearest local passport office and forms. Auburn Abroad recommends that you apply for a passport as soon as possible. If you already have a passport: Please check the expiration date. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months following your scheduled time abroad.


  • U.S. Citizens do not need a visa for this program
  • Non-U.S. citizens should verify visa requirements


  • Contact the Program Director listed at the top of the page.

This program is currently not accepting applications.