I lived in Europe February 13, 2024

By (Economics, Wellesley College) - abroad from 08/19/2023 to 12/16/2023 with

DIS Copenhagen: Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to live independently abroad and visited a ton of Europe, so that was great!

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.

The classes are super easy. You don't need to do much work at all. If you want to learn a lot, this is not the program for you. But if you want to take a chill semester off to explore Europe, this program is great!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

They hold your hand through the entire program. You couldn't mess up your immigration process if you tried.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived in an apartment with Danes, which was great, but if you're LGBTQ+, I would mention it in your housing application so you don't end up in an apartment of straight people like I did.

* Food:

Stipend is enough to cover a few months but doesn't totally pay for all your food.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I lived in an apartment with Danes, but if I hadn't I would not have met many Danes. Sign up for a volunteer host family if you want to meet Danish people!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I got COVID and DIS was like "damn. that sucks. good luck!" I didn't need medical attention, but the medical care system is not super fast from what I heard.

* Safety:

I went on long walks at night by myself as a single woman and I felt completely safe.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No

I'd have liked an experience that was a bit more academically rigorous, and also there were SO MANY sorority girls in this program, it was such a weird vibe.


* 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)

If you're careful with your budget, you can get by with relatively little spending. I think I spent about twice what I normally spend at my home uni, which is not that much.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Cook your own meals!


* 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
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 300
How many hours per day did you use the language? 0

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* 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
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?
  • Free time
  • Housing situation
* What could be improved?
  • Too many sorority girls
  • Too many frat guys
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? There are a lot of girls who come with their group of sorority friends from their home universities, which is fine (good for them!) but it makes it a bit harder if you're coming without friends from your university.