I Fell in Love with Copenhagen July 21, 2022

By (Data Science, Psychology, Wellesley College) - abroad from 01/15/2022 to 05/13/2022 with

DIS Copenhagen: Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to be an independent traveler and how to handle myself in a completely foreign situation. I feel like I know Copenhagen incredibly well after my experience, and I have fallen in love with the city and Danish culture. This was a life-changing experience, and I am so grateful for all of the resources and exploration opportunities provided to me by my program.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

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?

Make sure you complete your housing application as thoroughly as possible for the best match! They take a lot of time to match you with roommates in the kollegiums, so make it as accurate as possible! But I met some of my best friends at my kollegium, and highly recommend that living option.

* Food:

No provided food, but the food stipend cards were nice!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Copenhagen is an extremely safe city, and you should be fine if you don't go alone to certain areas at certain times of the day. I never felt unsafe.

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 is expensive. But the food stipends and the transportation options through DIS helped significantly.


* 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?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Practice with friends (both DIS and locals!)

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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Visiting Host Family
  • Integrated field studies
  • Week-long study tour
* What could be improved?
  • Communication once in Denmark
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That it was going to be a scary experience at first and that I was going to have an adjustment period for the first few weeks when I arrived. But that I would eventually find my routine and start having lots of fun!

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!