Great opportunity for travel and new experiences July 17, 2022

By (International Law, Middlebury College) - abroad from 12/14/2022 to 05/14/2022 with

DIS Copenhagen: Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I had the opportunity to take pretty interesting classes but not be stressed about academics. There were plenty of travel breaks to go elsewhere in Europe. Copenhagen is a really fun and safe city, albeit very expensive. I met lots of new friends and had a great experience overall.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

DIS is a great program for someone looking to travel a lot and have a less structured abroad program. The study tours were a big highlight.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

DIS is generally helpful and reimburses a lot of costs.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My biggest complaint with DIS is that I was placed 45 min outside of Copenhagen in a suburb which made me feel disconnected from other students and the city.

* Food:

Students get all food on their own which means it's expensive but there is a stipend that lasts almost the whole semester.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

There is very little integration happens unless you opt to live with Danes. This isn't the fault of DIS but is just a part of Danish culture.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I never needed to access healthcare but heard there were no issues.

* Safety:

Copenhagen is a very safe city.

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)

For a student not getting financial help from parents, this program is tough. Be prepared to spend around $5-9k total if you are traveling often. Even though I spent a lot of money, I think it was well worth it. There are plenty of ways to be budget-friendly as well.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? around $200


* 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

All Danes speak perfect English, so while you can practice with them a little its not necessary to get around.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Class trips
  • Culinary living-learning community
  • Denmark is beautiful and safe
* What could be improved?
  • Housing is super far from classes
  • No integration with Danes
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Be ready to spend a ton of money and for the weather in Denmark to be rough up until you leave. Also, it's better to sometimes stay in Denmark rather than take rushed and expensive weekend trips. There is so much to do in Denmark and I wish I explored the country more. I also really recommend taking at least one class at the University of Copenhagen and opting to live with international students, not just Americans.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

equality in Scandinavia

Course Department: political science
Instruction Language:
Comments: This was an easy course and I learned a lot, but it was super repetitive and basic
Credit Transfer Issues: