Pre-architecture program at DIS in Denmark Past Review

By (Art History, Criticism and Conservation., Carleton College) for

DIS Copenhagen: Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes. It was a great way to see Europe.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The quality of instruction was dramatically lower than one typically finds at Carleton. In the architecture program there is no instruction on fundamentals and as a result I frequently felt like I had no idea what I was supposed to do. The grading, however, is just as inflated as it is at Carleton.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

If there is one thing DIS is good at it is administrating. They planned all of our traveling study tours perfectly. Everything went off without a hitch.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The housing situation was the best part of the trip for me. I lived in a small apartment with ten other people who were all great. I heard a fair number of horror stories about housing as well, however. So I think this aspect of the program can be really hit or miss.

* Food:

The reason there was so little money on the food stipend is because they spent it all ordering us $25 dinners at fancy restuarants on our study tours.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?


* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Copenhagen is an unbelievably safe city. I never felt uncomfortable at any time in any part of the city. Healthcare is top notch as you're on the Danish national system once you get there. I received stitches for a cut and x-rays for a chest infection plus several doctors appointments free of charge and the care was excellent.

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? A lot. It's hard to say how much money you should have. Some people don't spend any some people needed thousands. If you want to travel a lot, especially during the two week travel break, then you're going to need a lot of money. Around Copenhagen I usually spent about 100 bucks probably, but that was definitely on the low end of things. After all a beer costs ten dollars at a bar.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Take a lot of money.


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Hostel
  • Hotel
  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Living in Copenhagen
  • The study trips
* What could be improved?
  • the teaching
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Don't expect academics. Expect to go an have a good time. I absolutely hated my actual program, but I had the best possible experience just living in Copenhagen.