The DIS Experience May 27, 2022

By (Medical Practice & Policy, Brandeis University) - abroad from 01/15/2022 to 05/14/2022 with

DIS Copenhagen: Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Upon my acceptance into DIS, I was expecting a unique and immersive experience of Danish culture. Within my three months of attending DIS, my expectations have been surpassed. To describe DIS as “immersive” understates their intense efforts. Before coming to Copenhagen, I was only expecting my core course, Medical Practice and Policy, to be a hands-on experience. I have been proven wrong so many times. Every single one of my classes has an immersive cultural or educational component. In fact, every Wednesday, there are no formal DIS classes. Instead, we attend field studies, where the city of Copenhagen turns into our classrooms. We visit sights, attractions, and activities that are related to our classroom studies. Since my course schedule is a variety of all subjects, I have had the opportunity to experience a plethora of adventures alongside my professors and classmates. For example, I have visited unique bars, museums, movies, hospitals, and drug treatment centers that have supplemented my understanding of the classroom lessons. Even on other weekdays, I have had the opportunity to listen to guest speakers in each of my classes. I have heard great lectures from ex-prisoners, high school teachers, police officers, general practitioners, social entrepreneurs, and many more. In particular, my core course receives a bit of extra attention. My professors are local medical doctors. We have visited their hospital to practice clinical skills. We have also visited areas of Western Denmark to learn about Danish healthcare systems while exposing ourselves to the Danish culture, history, and socio-economic climate of the different cities. My favorite part of the core course study tours was visiting Vienna and Budapest to compare their healthcare systems to the Danish healthcare system as part of a group project. These immersive hands-on experiences have made me fall in love with Copenhagen as my classroom. DIS has done a wonderful job redefining education by engaging students in and out of the classroom. These past few months have been a different educational experience than what I would have received at my home university. I don’t have to listen to the same professor every single day. I don’t even have to sit in the classroom every single day. I have had the chance to learn from many different professions, in many different settings, and also within other European countries! I would have never been able to experience such culture and history sitting in a large lecture hall at my home university. This engaging learning process has challenged me to become a better student, by actively participating and challenging my ideas and assumptions. By exposing me to so many different opinions, I have improved my critical thinking skills while learning to understand controversial issues. These experiences have stimulated my curiosity, encouraging me to ask intimate questions. As a result, I have also become a more confident student, confident enough to share my opinions and my questions, and confident enough to challenge others to do so as well. This is an experience I do not take for granted at all and would recommend many times over.

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? 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)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner
How many hours per day did you use the language? 0

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students
* 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • travel component
  • hands-on experience
  • professors
* What could be improved?
  • course schedule
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Don't take 3 hour classes

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!