A Semester of Joy! May 18, 2023

By (Brandeis University) - abroad from 01/14/2023 to 05/12/2023 with

DIS Copenhagen: Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I could not speak more highly about DIS Copenhagen. It is a well-run program in a lovely city. I was challenged to ask deep questions about the world we live in while also being provided ample opportunities for fun. It was truly a semester filled with joy!

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

It was super cool to be able to take classes about the city/country I was living in! It enhances my experience a lot.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

DIS offers a lot of resources and support to students. I could not speak more highly about the staff and administration.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

While housing can vary, most arrangements are top-notch. I had a beautiful apartment in an ideal location equipped with everything I could have needed.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Social and cultural integration is really up to you. Volunteering, attending community events, etc. are great ways to become integrated.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

DIS has great physical and mental health support. Don't be shy to ask staff or administrators if you have any questions.

* 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)

Copenhagen is a very expensive city!

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Start saving in advance, make a budget for the whole semester before you leave, and apply for as many scholarships as you can.


* 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

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • 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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Location
  • Classes
* What could be improved?
  • Local integration
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? No matter the program, I would encourage everyone to set goals and expectations for their semester before they left. What you get out of a semester abroad is dependent on what you put into it!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Networker
An active student leader, it was important for you to network abroad as well. Once overseas, you sought out student clubs, volunteered with local organizations, or attended community events. You encouraged your friends join you, and often considered how you could reflect your international experiences in a resume.