aeiou and sometimes åøæ: life in Denmark Past Review

By (Biology, General., Carleton College) for

DIS Copenhagen: Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Absolutely. I learned another language and completely immersed myself in a new country.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Denmark has FAR more group projects, which is an adjustment.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The accessibility and support were fantastic

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I love my host family but they didn't speak a ton of english which forced me to learn a lot of Danish, which was cool. I miss them and still write them often.

* Food:

WOW Danes love pork and potatoes. It was great to eat traditional danish food but I did miss variety, but really I'm not a picky eater, I don't care.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I loved playing for a danish basketball team and bartending. It was a great way to meet people.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

A very safe country if you didn't act like an idiot. I was grateful that they gave us access to health care, which I needed.

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 spent no more than $20/week on expenses. I was incredibly stingy so and I was way lower than most other people. I only traveled one weekend not designated as a leave the country time.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Flights are not cheap out of Copenhagen!!! Be prepared for that.


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • I loved my host family and the study tours were absolutely the highlight.
  • Experiencing Danish culture
* What could be improved?
  • I lived VERY far away (+1 hr for a commute)
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Denmark is VERY expensive. I HIGHLY recommend a host family.