DIS: Denmark Is Superb Past Review

By (Global Studies/Health Policy & Management, Providence College) for

DIS Copenhagen: Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I still haven't fully grasped all the ways I've changed while I've been away, but I know that nothing can begin to compare with my experience abroad, and I fully believe that everyone should make an effort to do any study abroad program they're interested in.

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

DIS is a wonderful program, but any transition is hard- I felt like orientation should have been more helpful than it was, and support services should have been made available/publicized. The program overall was big and I think that may have taken away a bit from individual learning and experiences that would've been available in a small class/program size.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived in a kollegium in the norrebro district of Copenhagen- it was a mixture of a dorm and an apartment, but in hindsight, I don't think it was the best choice for me because trying to establish relationships with the people I lived with didn't take off, since it was a very independent-style living kollegium. I think others in the program that lived there had different experiences than I did, but I missed the college dorm-life style of having roommates around and knowing people on your floor.

* Food:

We had a food stipend card, which enabled me to go to the supermarket to learn how to do grocery shopping on my own and how to cook various meals, but I would have appreciated more cooking classes!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The study tours to Russia, France, Estonia and Finland were amazing experiences that I will never forget

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Denmark is a very safe country, and so even walking around late at night, I never really felt unsafe at all, yet as a group we almost always travelled in groups anyways out of habit.

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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? I was under the impression that travelling would have been cheaper in Europe than it was in reality, and I wish there had been resources available through my program to assist with independent travel plans.


If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Other
* Who did you live with?

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  • Other
* 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? Make like Nike, and Just Do It. It will definitely not disappoint.