DIS Copenhagen - supportive program, beautiful city August 07, 2022

By (Architecture, Wellesley College) - 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?
My semester at DIS helped me to understand my academic interests in a different socio-cultural context, develop connections with students from a range of collegiate experiences, and gain independence to explore the city on my own terms. It was such a wonderful and growing experience!

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?

My apartment had its quirks, but the neighborhood was beautiful, historic, and convenient to the center city.

* Food:

Not a huge fan of Danish food, to be honest, but DIS provided a really accommodating grocery stipend that covered nearly all of my grocery shopping expenses for the semester.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I got covid in the first few weeks of my program, and I thought the Danish public health system as well as DIS did a great job at providing efficient testing and social support while I recovered.

* Safety:

It's certainly worth being cautious and having a friend nearby, but Copenhagen felt much safer to me than most of the American cities I've visited.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $5-$20 USD per week, as the program provided grocery and transportation stipends
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Eating out in Copenhagen is expensive, so cooking everyday and packing lunch + snacks are great approaches to cut down on expenses. If you're interested in visiting local museums, many have days in which tickets are free (often wednesdays) or you can find special free events if you're lucky.


* 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

Getting by in Copenhagen without any knowledge of Danish was manageable as nearly everyone speaks at least basic English. DIS does offer (but not require) intro Danish language and culture courses if you're curious.

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

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* 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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • the independence to explore the city of Copenhagen
  • sponsored travel weeks and field studies
  • seeing my field of study in a new perspective
* What could be improved?
  • the connection to local residents
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew how many interesting places there are to explore near Copenhagen (in Denmark and just over the bridge in Sweden). There are an infinite number of travel opportunities, but I much preferred the weekends I spent nearby, taking advantage of the local public transit system. Copenhagen is such a beautiful city and I wouldn't have gotten to know it as well as it did had I jetted somewhere around Europe every chance I got.

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!

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Architecture Foundations Studio

Course Department: Architecture & Design
Instructor: Søren Amsnæs
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Søren was such a lovely and supportive professor, engaged in our individual approaches to assignments, curious about our experiences in Copenhagen and back in the US, and genuinely passionate about his creative work. Highly recommend!
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