Urban Studies

Discover how the city has become the focal point for cultural expression, social change, and political tension. Often symbolizing opportunity and upward mobility, the city promises a better life while also creating challenges and alienation.

Program Highlights

  • Use Copenhagen as your classroom on field studies that explore its dramatic urban change from the development of a welfare state to a cutting-edge, sustainable, resilient, and livable city
  • Travel with your faculty and classmates on course-integrated study tours to compare how cities develop their infrastructure in Eastern and Western Europe
  • Engage in a dynamic dialogue with a variety of guest lecturers including local historians, sociologists, and urban planners

Student Profile

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

I love the lens that urban studies gives me to view the cities I travel to. I constantly evaluate how I feel in a space and why, knowing that a million decisions went into creating that feeling.”

– Bracken, University of Richmond

Why Study Urban Studies in Copenhagen?

  • Over the past decade, Copenhagen has consistently ranked on Monocle Magazine’s Top 10 Most Livable Cities
  • The city’s infrastructure is made for bikes, with 50% of Copenhageners commuting
    to work or school by bike
  • Copenhagen is among the Nordic cities leading the world in sustainable urban solutions

Core Courses