Past Review

By (English, Wellesley College) for

DIS Copenhagen: Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I would recommend studying abroad to every and any student. I think it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore europe. You are surrounded by people who are equally interested in looking for adventure, exploration, good friends, and a good time. I think my experience in Copenhagen is priceless. Not only would I do the whole experience over but I wish I could do it again.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month
The term and year this program took place: Spring 2010

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Some classes were interesting and others I dreaded going to. Overall, the educational experience was not my favorite part of going abroad. If DIS wishes to emphasize academics then they should pay more attention to the quality of professors and classes.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Overall they are a very well-run program. They are a well-established program and it shows with their ability to handle difficult situations.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Nørrebro, Nørrebrogale 176.5 <br /><br /> I think housing is the very worst part of the DIS program. I've heard of so many difficult situations with host families, the kolligiums are in very sketchy areas. My kolligium was robbed the very first week I was in Denmark. They handled the situation very well by quickly moving students who felt unsafe to alternative housing. However, the kolligium should never have been a housing option in the first place. The area is unsafe and the people who live there are creepy. I know for a fact that this Kolligium and its surrounding area have had issues in the past and despite this they continue to house DIS students there in increasing numbers! The apartment I was moved to was in a great neighborhood and that is all that can be said for it. I understand that the housing office was trying to relocate a large number of students in a very short time. But if anything, the apartment I was in should have only been a short term solution. 1 bathroom, 8 girls, a small kitchen, and rooms that had no insulation in the walls. We heard everything. The apartment is meant for 2-3 people max and instead there were 8!!! No desks, and the worst internet I have ever had. I am livid with the housing department at DIS. And, I've heard that this fall they accepted an even larger group of student than they had in the spring. How they have the gaul to get away with something like that when they are already putting so many students in unsuitable housing is beyond me. It makes me fume just thinking about it. Sometimes, I think of turning people off of DIS solely because of the housing. SO much of your experience depends on where you live and I'm disappointed in the DIS program for not recognizing this.

* Food:

Food was good. I have no complaints. Going out to eat is very expensive, so mostly I cooked with friends and we all brought lunch to school-with of course the occasional pizza slice or bagel sandwich.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I loved living in Copenhagen. The city is very young. There is lots to do. It's easy to get around and it's a really safe city. I also loved the field studies for our classes. Each class had atleast 2 fieldstudies(field trips) every semester. The teachers would always take us to really fun and interesting places. I also loved going on the long studytour-we spent 1 week with our core-class outside of Denmark.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Copenhagen is probably one of the safest cities in the world. I never felt scared or uncomfortable. I felt free to walk around by myself at night. And you've got the Danish healthcare system-they really take care of you with such a socialist government.

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? Copenhagen is unbelievably expensive. Painfully so. I cooked most of the time and brought my own lunch to school. You can't avoid spending money on alcohol. I tried to keep my budget around $150/week. I spent the majority of money on groceries. I tried to work with $50 for coffee($7 a cup!) and fun on the weekends. I know most people who had similar housing situations to me spent much more.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Just be prepared to spend money in Copenhagen because it's unavoidable. Save any shopping for other countries that you travel to.


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? I had never taken Danish before.
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

The Danish class I took while abroad was not only my favorite class of the semester but my language teacher is now one of my favorite language teachers that I have ever had. She did a fantastic job of getting us familiar with the Danish language in only a semester! Most people spoke English but being Danish, they always spoke Danish primarily. Taking Danish, I felt like I could be part of the community and try my skills.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • 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 do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I loved, loved, loved living in Copenhagen. It's a really young city with a lot going for it. Classes can be enjoyable if you've got the right teacher. The program does a great job of encouraging field trips and immersion into Danish life.