A great travel experience August 22, 2016

By (American Studies, Wellesley College) - abroad from 01/15/2016 to 05/13/2016 with

DIS Copenhagen: Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was worthwhile - I personally grew and became more confident

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No

I did not find DIS particularly great in any way - I did not have a good housing situation, the classes were somewhat mediocre, the social situation was complex, etc. Mostly, it was a fabulous home base to explore Europe from

Finances

* 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? Maybe $60
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Use the money card provided - do potlucks with other students

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Travel opportunities
  • Most people speak English
  • Copenhagen is a cool city
* What could be improved?
  • Housing was not acceptable
  • Mandatory Danish class was not a productive use of time or resources
  • I did not feel I had much support from DIS
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I should not have done the kollegium housing option. I should not have spent the money on an international phone or on renting a bike (it was too cold to ride the 30 minutes to school until my last 2 weeks)

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.