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

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
CU Denver Faculty-Led Global Study
Minimum GPA:
Class Eligibility:
Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students
Academic Department:
Architecture, Landscape Architecture
Number of Credits:
Program Advisor:
Carrie Davis
Course(s) Offered:
ARCH 3690 & ARCH 3691, ARCH 6520 & LDAR 6520
Faculty Leader:
Ann Komara, Taisto Makela
College of Architecture & Planning
Program Description:


  • Tours of major cultural and historical sites in and around Helsinki
  • Boat tour of the Helsinki archipelago Tours and graphics workshops including on the fortress island of Suomenlinna
  • Tours of works by Aalto, Pietila, Saarinen, etc.
  • Graphics workshops in multiple locations
  • Excursions to cities of Tampere and Seinajoki
  • Open days for students to visit St. Petersburg, Stockholm, Tallinn, etc. on their own


Finland is recognized internationally for the quality of its design and particularly admired relationship to nature. Design excellence in general is highly appreciated and widely supported to an extent practically unknown elsewhere.

Students meet and engage with local design professionals and Finnish students. The interdisciplinary lectures, tours, and excursions provide a broad introduction to Finnish design culture; from saunas to urbanism, from forks to chairs, from medieval stone fortresses to unique wooden churches, from the traditional landscape to the formal garden, from national romanticism to modernism and the contemporary scene.

In the sketching component of the courses, faculty teach students techniques for recording and analyzing designs, and support development of a "personal drawing style" for each student.



Course Information

  • 6 Credits
  • ARCH 6520
  • LDAR 6520
  • Housing



    $4,950 (approximately)

    • Includes: tuition and fees, shared accommodations, entrance fees, ground transportation, and international health and evacuation insurance
    • Not Included: round trip airfare, meals, personal expenses, and visa fees if applicable

    Faculty Leader


    Taisto Makela is the faculty leader on this program.

    Contact him at

    Financial Aid & Scholarships

    Financial Aid

    CU Denver students may be able to use their existing financial aid for Global Study programs. Note that for summer terms, students must be registered for at least half-time status (6 credits for undergraduates, 3 credits for graduates) to be eligible for financial aid. For more information and to discuss your personal aid package, schedule an appointment with the Financial Aid Office.


    CU Denver Global Study Scholarship

    CU Denver students participating on a CU Denver Global Study program during the Maymester, Summer, or Winter terms are eligible to apply for this scholarship from the Office of Global Education. Awards range from $500- $1,000. Apply here.

    Additional Scholarship Information

    We encourage you to seek additional scholarships for which you or your program may be eligible. See if your academic department or college/school offers study abroad scholarships, or visit the following websites to learn about external funding:

    This program is currently not accepting applications.