Urban Studies in Europe Urban Studies in Europe

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.


>> European Urban Life and Development
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 190 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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Budapest and Vienna, the destinations for our week-long study tour, stand out as two fascinating case studies of contemporary European metropoles. Historically, both are Roman settlements and medieval cities, and were positioned on the frontline during the expansion of the Muslim Ottoman Empire.

These two dynamic capitals came to define the modern European urban experience in art, architecture, literature, and urban design until the forces of nationalism during World War II and then the Iron Curtain entangled and divided their histories. Today, these two cities stand as starkly contrasting emblems of urban life in the heart of contemporary Europe.

Thorsten Wagner Core Course Instructor

Explore the History of Copenhagen

Why does Copenhagen look the way it does?

Continue the theme of reading the city by enrolling in the elective course History of Copenhagen: Structure, Plan, Design with DIS historian Carsten Pape. The course takes you through the many stages of the city’s urban development from the Middle Ages to now.

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