best decision I ever made June 07, 2022

By (Biochemistry, Wellesley College) - abroad from 01/15/2022 to 05/15/2022 with

DIS Copenhagen: Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
very worthwhile

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:

There is no meal plan, only a food stipend. So food quality depends on how comfortable you are with cooking for yourself or if you like your host family's cooking ;)

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

i felt very integrated with the local culture. It helped a lot that one of my flatmates was a local Danish student and she introduced me and my other American roommate to her Danish friends.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Healthcare is free and easy to access even without knowing Danish.

* Safety:

Safest city I've ever been in. Even as a young asian woman, I felt safe. I never felt the need to look over my shoulder. I would travel home late at night from the city without a worry.

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)

Copenhagen prices are very expensive. It is possible to make the food stipend last the entire semester ($30 grocery per week), as long as you only buy basics and don't splurge. I did spend my own money though at asian grocery stores (not covered by the food stipend card). For transportation, I would recommend getting the commuter card from DIS and then, if you want, renting a bike on your own because in the long run the bike will be cheaper.


* 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?

Select all that apply

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

Select all that apply

  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • support
* What could be improved?
  • academic rigor
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Nothing I can think of at the moment.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'