Putting the Fun in Functional While Living in Denmark January 06, 2019

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 08/20/2018 to 12/14/2018 with

DIS Copenhagen: Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I really like DIS's focus on the more practical sides of academia. All of my classes felt like they were preparing me to use my skills in the workforce, and I liked that.

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.

Course were different than Wellesley courses. Overall courses were less challenging, but the different format and style were challenging.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

There was a rat in my first housing, but the quick change to new housing and the new housing was impressive.

* Food:

N/A - Students cooked for themselves.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

DIS students were not pushed to socialize or integrate with Danes unless you chose a homestay.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

N/A - I didn't have any experience with healthcare.

* Safety:

I felt safe. However, I know that there are issues with sexual harassment that many Danish women and American women deal with in Denmark due to different cultural norms around hook-up culture.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

DIS focuses on different things than Wellesley does, and I liked that. Also, it was nice to have a different sense of freedom.

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)

Denmark is an expensive city. I was lucky enough to not have to budget particularly strictly. DIS does provide a food stipend which was enough for most meals.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? About 150$
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Don't buy coffee everyday.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

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

Select all that apply

  • International Students
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?
  • Classes
  • Freedom
* What could be improved?
  • Meeting Danes
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How bad my procrastination would get.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!