A Venture North February 14, 2024

By (Cinema and Media Studies, Wellesley College) - abroad from 08/19/2023 to 12/15/2023 with

DIS Copenhagen: Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes! I explored so many cities independently as well as grocery shopped and cooked for myself. It was a very formative experience for my personal growth.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

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?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

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

The darkness and the cold really started to affect me by the end, as I wanted to go out and make the most of my study abroad experience, but at the same time the weather was a bit miserable and I would feel guilty staying inside. Scandinavian culture also isn't the most outgoing/lively culture, and as someone who loves to goof around and joke a lot, I felt everyone was a bit too serious for me.


* 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? Around $100-200 per week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? It's okay to say no to things in order to save money!


* 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? I had completed 3 years of Spanish, but had no Danish experience.
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Talk with locals and other students learning! Also watching television shows or movies in that language is really helpful in picking up words and pronunciations.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
  • 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
  • International Students
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 class trips were wonderful!
  • Administration was always prompt with answers and very helpful
  • The living arrangements were great!
* What could be improved?
  • Honestly, I have no notes for the program itself, as it was super well organized! I think Denmark just isn't for me, but DIS still made it very fun!
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Wellesley has a very specific, enriched community that not every place does, and venturing out of it can feel odd in several realms of your life.

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.