An Amazing Semester in Copenhagen! Past Review

By (Religion & Sociology, Wellesley College) for

DIS Copenhagen: Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes! I experienced a different way of living that will definitely stay with me for the rest of my life. The program also helped me realize more specifically what I'm interested in academically.

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

For the most part, everything was well planned out and communicated to the students. The administration was very accessible through email and always willing to help.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I stayed at a FolkehĂžjskole, which is a Danish system where students come before university if they don't know what they want to study. I lived at International People's College, where most of the students came to learn English. I enjoyed the meals and the company, but the 1+ commute was inconvenient at times. However, our transportation was completely covered by the program and they even gave us bikes for the semester.

* Food:

There were strict dining times. I was never there for lunch, and while they often saved food for us for dinner sometimes, they were somewhat unreliable about it.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

They offered a lot of opportunities to meet the other students in the program during orientation. The field studies were also extremely fun and interesting, and our class bonded really quickly.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I felt more safe in Copenhagen (even within a week or two of arriving ) than I feel in any American city.

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

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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? It is really expensive living in Copenhagen. Going out to dinner was often an extravagance, and even basic groceries weren't always affordable. Travel around Denmark (outside of Copenhagen) was also surprisingly expensive.

Language

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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  • Other
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
  • 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? There is definitely legitimate school work, but DIS makes sure that there is more to your study abroad experience than just class. Also, DIS encourages you to travel around Europe, both with classes and independently during a two week travel break.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Cross Cultural Encounters in a European Context

Course Department: Migration and Identity
Instructor: Jakob Lindgaard
Instruction Language: English
Comments: The course was extremely interesting and well taught. Jakob clearly knows the field and is a fun, engaging lecturer. With this class, we went on study tours to Sweden and Turkey, the latter of which was a highlight of my whole semester.
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