Skip to content

Programs : Brochure

This page is the brochure for your selected program. You can view the provided information for this program on this page and click on the available buttons for additional options.
  • Locations: Copenhagen, Denmark; Helsinki, Finland; Oslo, Norway; Stockholm, Sweden
  • Program Terms: Summer Quarter
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Information:

Architecture in Scandinavia

Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Department: Architecture
Estimated Arrival Date: June 19, 2014
Estimated Departure Date: August 12, 2014
Estimated Program Fee: $5,500
Credits: 12
Program Director: Peter Cohan (Architecture); Jennifer Dee (Architecture)
UW Study Abroad Advisor: Katherine Kroeger
Application Deadline: January 17, 2014
Information Session(s): Friday, November 1, 12:30pm in 208J Gould Hall or contact Program Director for more information.


Program Description

Scandinavian architects have had a profound effect upon the trajectory of Western architecture, from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. This influence is remarkable given the small population and relative isolation of the Nordic countries. We typically study the architecture of Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland without fully understanding the social, cultural and historical milieu from which it arose or the unique qualities of Scandinavian landscapes, climate and light that have shaped it. The purpose of this program is to provide a direct in-depth experience of the architecture of the Nordic countries. The course will combine lectures, drawing exercises, building research and urban fieldwork with extensive travel throughout Scandinavia.

The class will convene in Helsinki on June 19, 2014. We will begin with a trip around southern Finland, visiting numerous architectural sites along the way, with a particular emphasis upon the work of Alvar Aalto. We will spend the month of July in Stockholm, using the architecture school at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) as our base. Guest lectures and architectural field trips will supplement a series of urban fieldwork exercises in Stockholm and its environs. On July 31st we will embark on an architectural pilgrimage that will take us through southern Sweden, Norway and Denmark. The program will conclude in Copenhagen on August 12th.


Stockholm, Sweden


Finland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden


We will stay in hostels during the extended field trips in June and August. During the month of July students will be in dormitories located on the Frescati campus of the University of Stockholm. Each student will have his/her own room with shared cooking facilities.


Pre-Requisites/Language Requirements/Physical Components

Participants are required to take a 2-credit preparatory seminar during spring quarter covering the geography, customs and culture of Scandinavia. In addition students will prepare a field guide containing information about the major architectural sites we will visit on our travels. The seminar will also include orientation sessions on practical and operational matters.

Graduate students and upper level undergraduate students in architecture, landscape architecture and urban design are eligible to apply to this program. Participants will be selected on the basis of high scholarship, academic preparation, motivation, emotional maturity, and financial responsibility. An interview may be included as part of the application procedure.

Although English is understood and spoken by a large percentage of the population in Scandinavia, students are encouraged to acquire some knowledge of Swedish prior to the beginning of the program.

Extensive walking will be required for the urban analysis explorations in Stockholm. Walking tours will be conducted in many of the cities we visit during the field trips.

Non-UW students are welcome to apply as non-matriculated students.


12 Credits


ARCH 495: Architectural Studies Abroad – History and Theory (6 credits)

The program will include visits to a significant number of important architectural sites throughout Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark. These visits will be supplemented by lectures from faculty and guests who will place these buildings, landscapes and urban environments into historical and theoretical perspective.

ARCH 496: Architectural Studies Abroad – Urban Fieldwork (3 credits)

During the month of July students will complete a series of urban fieldwork exercises in Stockholm. These exercises will provide students with different methods for exploring, discovering and interpreting the city. Our expectation is that this way of understanding Stockholm will influence their future ability to interpret other urban environments.

ARCH 491: Architectural Studies Abroad – Representation (3 credits)

Students will keep a sketchbook throughout the program and to add to it regularly. Sketches will be made at different scales, from annotated diagrams of urban spaces to measured detail drawings. In addition to self-initiated drawings a number of specific drawing exercises will be assigned.

Program Directors & Staff

Peter Cohan, Department of Architecture

Peter Cohan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture. He received a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Washington in 1984. In 1986 he received a Fulbright Grant to study the architecture of Ralph Erskine in Sweden. He has been teaching in the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington since 1989. Professor Cohan will be in charge of all administrative aspects of the program, as well as co-teacher for all academic activities.

Jennifer Dee, Department of Architecture

Jennifer Dee received her Master of Architecture from the University of Washington in 1984. She has been on the faculty of the Department of Architecture since 1984, teaching architectural design and theory. Professor Dee will be co-teacher for all of the academic activities of the program.

Program Expenses


Estimated Program Fee of $5,500, the UW Study Abroad Fee ($300), airfare, food (about $40/day), UW Study Abroad Insurance ($40/month), other health expenses/immunizations and personal spending money.

Average Airplane Ticket Price:

$1,300 – 1,500* roundtrip

*Subject to when & where you buy your ticket.

Payment Schedule:

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Payment Type Payment Amount Payment Due Date
Non-Refundable UW Study Abroad Fee $300 July 11, 2014
Program Fee Balance $5,500 July 11, 2014


To be eligible to study abroad, all program participants must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by the UW Study Abroad Office. You are also required to attend all program-specific orientations offered by your Program Directors.

You must register for orientation through your online study abroad account in order to attend a scheduled session. You can visit the orientation section of our website to view the current orientation schedule.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most forms of financial aid can be applied to study abroad. You can verify that your financial aid award will apply to your program costs by contacting the Financial Aid Office. Financial aid or scholarships awarded as tuition waivers or tuition exemptions might not apply so you will need to verify that these funds are eligible for use with study abroad by contacting the funding office.

Financial aid and most scholarships are disbursed according to the UW academic calendar (at the beginning of the quarter). If your program starts before the start of the UW quarter, your financial aid will not be available to you prior to your departure. If your program starts after the first day of the quarter, your financial aid will be disbursed at the start of the program. In either of these cases, you will have to finance any upfront costs such as airfare, health insurance and the start of your time abroad on your own. Please take this into consideration when you are making plans.

Revision Request

In some instances you may qualify for an increase in your financial aid award (typically in loan funds). Check with the Financial Aid Office about your options. To request a revision in your aid, you will need to submit the following paperwork to the Financial Aid Office:

  1. Revision Request Form
  2. Summer Application for Financial Aid
  3. Budget of student expenses for your program: The UW Study Abroad Office will upload this budget to your study abroad account after a signed contract has been submitted to the UW Study Abroad Office. You can request an unofficial copy of this budget by emailing

Visit the Finances section of our website to learn more about disbursement, revising your aid package, short-term loans and scholarships.

Application Process

The application includes a Personal Statement, three short answer questions, two faculty recommendations, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the on-line application process students may be contacted by the Program Director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at Disability Resources for Students.


$350 of the total program fee and the $300 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable and non-revocable once a contract has been submitted, even if you withdraw from the program. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the date (business day) a withdrawal form is received by the UW Study Abroad Office. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the Program Director that you will no longer be participating in the program for which you have signed a contract and accepted a slot.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to the UW Study Abroad Office, 459 Schmitz Hall.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.