Denmark: Life-Changing Experiences Studying Abroad Past Review

By (History/Psychology, Wellesley College) for

DIS Copenhagen: Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It made me realize how much I want to travel more and learn about new cultures. It also made to gain more knowledge about Europe and European issues such as immigration.

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.

The workload is manageable and really depends on your individual effort. Be prepared for group work for each class. The teaching methods vary -- some use only lecture, some use powerpoint and some are discussion based like any college class. The grading system also varies for each teacher.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

DIS truly excels when it comes to support. Strengths: they are great at responding to emails, you can also go to their offices, there is a lot of knowledge about American education, the program size is perfect and the class sizes are great. My expectations were exceeded; I thought they were were a highly organized and supportive program.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My host family were very welcoming and supportive. They were very generous and extremely comfortable. However, I did find it hard to communicate (and therefore, get close) with them at times because they did speak Danish a lot. Therefore, my advice to you: tell your family at the beginning how much English to Danish you want/would like. That can really go a long way!

* Food:

My host family specifically asked for a host sibling who was not vegetarian because they are big meat eaters. Be prepared for a lot of potatoes :-)

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I like that every Wednesday is set aside for class field trips. For example, with my classes I visited two different Danish prisons -- a closed and an open one. I watched movies with my classes or visited museums. I also liked that we had study tours with our core classes. My trip to Paris was amazing with my core course.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Copenhagen is extremely safe. I was not able to experience the health care system; I have heard that the Danish system is not as efficient and fast as the American, but hey, it's free :-)

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? too much money. Even though I had a host family, be expected to spend money. 30 dollars a week?
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Just know that Copenhagen is not cheap and that you will spend money.


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Someone who still wants to be academically challenged, but also wants to travel. Also someone who is not looking for a big cultural experience in the host city. Copenhagen is a great city to live in, but I would not call it a a great tourist attraction.