Very different from Wellesley, but a lot of fun and a lot of personal growth February 13, 2024

By (Education, Wellesley College) - abroad from 08/18/2023 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 completely on my own and stand on my own two feet. I discovered that I love travel, how to live life slowly and take time for the things that I enjoy. It was a huge confidence boost to build a life completely from scratch and thrive in that new environment on my own.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I really enjoyed my time with DIS. I found the program to be very hands off with students. I could see how this could go poorly for somebody struggling, but I was lucky that my abroad experience went very smoothly. The classes were very easy compared to what i am used to and I was easily able to take an overload of classes with plenty of time to travel and explore. I really enjoyed the experiential aspect of learning with DIS, including my practicum, field trips and travel.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I did not interact with my DIS admin at all.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I was very happy with my living situation. I lived in an apartment with all American study abroad students, but was able to meet and spend time with my Danish neighbors.

* Food:

The meal stipend was not nearly enough to survive in Copenhagen, but I was able to budget and meal plan with my roommates to make it work.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Because I lived with all Amercians and studied with all Americans, I don't feel like I got a chance to interact very much with the local culture unless I actively sought out opportunities. I really enjoyed the visiting host program that allowed me to connect with Danish families and friends.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I did not interact with Danish health care at all because I did not need to.

* Safety:

I felt very safe in Copenhagen! It was a comfortable city with plenty of lighting and public transportation to get around!

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

There are a lot of things that, if I knew more about DIS, I probably would not have chosen this program. However, to say that i would not do it again would mean not having all of these friends and experiences i never expected and I would not want it any different now.


* 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)

My budget swung wildly depending on when and how I was travelling. On a typical week at my apartment, my budget was not much more than a typical student budget. However, when I was travelling, I spent more. As the semester went on and I began to run out of money on my meal card, I spent more of my own but the later onset of those costs made it manageable.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 100-150
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Book ahead, don't be afraid to take a flix bus for travel (they are actually pretty nice) and cook with your friends!


* 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

No encouragement. Everyone in Denmark speaks English

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? I completed my college's language requirement in a different language
How many hours per day did you use the language? 0
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Learn the basic phrases before you go (please, thank you, yes, etc) and don't be afraid to ask locals for help

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Other
  • 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • the travel experiences
  • the feild trips
  • the living community
* What could be improved?
  • the courses
  • the food
  • need for more support for students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That the classes would be so easy. I had to seek out opportunities to learn and be challenged because DIS courses were not equipped to do that for me.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.