Denmark: A Pleasant Surprise for All Past Review

By (Studio Arts, Wellesley College) for

DIS Copenhagen: Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about the field of design and art from a different, global perspective, and it widened my horizon in terms of the topics that I want to address in my art career.

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: Danish Institute for Study Abroad
How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

My host institution is similar to what I'm used to as it is an institute for study abroad students. However, I found that our professors and courses were much less heavier on academia and focused more on the actual working world out there, which I found very helpful.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I think there's a lack of communication that sometimes causes mistakes

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I loved my host family and was treated as a family member, and overall loved the housing, but the only downside was that it was over an hour away by public transportation to school.

* Food:

Denmark is not famous for their cuisine, partly because everything is so expensive. Quality of meals differ from family to family; I had one that loved pork and potatoes and brown sauce but not necessarily vegetables, so my diet consisted mostly of carbs. My friend on the other hand lived with a very environment and health-sensitive family t

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

There were many--town carnivals, flea markets, circuses, Tivoli, etc.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Safe compared to other countries in Europe

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? I withdrew a little less than $500 a month and found that it was more than enough for my expenses (including snacks, shopping, and other extraneous fees); this was only for my situation as I was in a host family.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Gifts for host family when traveling, $125 if you get fined on public transportation for not having pass or being in the wrong zone (BEWARE.)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Information Design Studio
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

I practiced a little bit with my host family, but not much. Most everyone speaks English.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Danes are very polite, but when they get drunk they're hilarious.
* What could be improved?
  • Facilities
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Take advantage of every single opportunity you get in Europe, because it won't come again so easily.