Living in Denmark Past Review

By (Biology, General., Providence College) for

DIS Copenhagen: Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I think I definitely gained an understanding of the many different cultures I came into contact with, and thus gained a better understanding of myself.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The workload was manageable even with all of the traveling I did. Grading in Denmark is a bit different than what I was used to at my home university. Generally the professors teach all semester and the grade is dependent on one paper or one exam and participation. However, many of my professors understood this difference so they created their syllabus similar to that of an American university. I found the teaching methods were the same as what I am used to at home. For instance, my professors would use powerpoint during their lectures or would encourage class discussion/participation. In Denmark, the professors also utilize group work as well.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The classes were not too big (around 20 to 30 students, sometimes less) which is a positive in my experience. DIS also provides adventure and academic trips that allow students to travel and see more than just Copenhagen. Everything is very accessible at DIS (i.e. library services, internet services, IT support) and the employers are more than willing to help with anything that you may need. There are not many weaknesses I can think of besides the commute to class for me personally, but not many people lived as far away as I did.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived in a kollegium, which is a somewhat like an apartment. I had my own bedroom, bathroom and small kitchenette. There was a community kitchen at the end of the hallway.

* Food:

I did my food shopping at Netto where you can use your food stipend card and everything is easy to find there.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

DIS offered many chances for students to meet one another by holding socials.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Copenhagen is one of the safest cities to study in; the crime rate is extremely low.

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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? In Denmark, they do not accept credit cards unless you have a pin number for it. Knowing that would have been useful.


If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Other
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students
  • Local Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The faculty
  • Copenhagen
  • Planned trips DIS offers
* What could be improved?
  • Where they place students to live