Urban Studies Urban Studies

Discover how the city has become the focal point for cultural expression, social change, and political tension. Symbolizing freedom and upward mobility, the city promises a better life while at the same time generating challenges and fears.



This program is for you if you study history, urban design, urban studies, politics, or sociology and wish to engage and examine contemporary cities through a multidisciplinary academic lens.


>> The European Urban Experience: Why Cities Matter
The course will integrate architectural, geographical, historical, and social dimensions to explore the European city as a venue of human interaction and experience. You will learn to read each city through its architecture, art, history, literature, politics, social movements, and urban layout.


DIS has over 200 elective courses for you to build your curriculum from after choosing your required core course. You have to opportunity to focus on your major or diversify by selecting any combination of courses based on your needs. Click here for electives related to urban studies.

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Wonder what it is like to study Urban Studies in Copenhagen?

Find out here on Ana's blog!


On study tour in Budapest and Vienna, we explored each city by foot, led by local professionals. We learned about history, the role they played in the Holocaust, the current state of each place, and about urban renewal and city development projects that are underway.

We learned that Budapest has retained much of its culture, its history, and ancient architecture - which is amazing. Meanwhile, Vienna has the vibe of an already modernized, global city trying to keep up in the Western world.

Amyra Asamoah Indiana University

Get Out of the Classroom with Elective Courses

Considering enrolling in Urban Exploration Photography Workshop to explore and analyze Copenhagen through a lens; or find yourself exploring the city’s dynamic urban neighborhoods by foot or by bicycle on field studies in Strategies for Urban Livability or European Urban Design Theories.

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