A Comprehensive Introduction to Copenhagen and Danish Culture & Society May 28, 2024

By (Data Science, Wellesley College) - abroad from 01/13/2024 to 05/11/2024 with

DIS Copenhagen: Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I really gained an understanding of the Danish perspectives on graphic design and urban livability, which are renowned in this area of the world. I was able to learn not just through traditional assignments but also through explorations of Copenhagen and also in my study tours to Western Denmark and the Netherlands.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I really enjoyed the classes I took in graphic design, urban livability, GIS, and Danish. I felt like taking them specifically in Copenhagen with DIS was really beneficial and I loved all of our field studies and assignments.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The DIS Navigate app was very nice to find resources to connect with any administration.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The housing was very nice and modern with amenities and decent distance from campus. I stayed in the Culinary LLC. My only complaint was the lack of privacy within the apartment.

* Food:

N/A I cooked on my own.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I participated in the visiting host program, so I was able to connect with a local Dane but other than that, I didn't have much opportunities to connect with Danes, especially those my age. I thought the field studies in my classes showed me a lot of the city and I got to explore different parts of Danish culture and society, which I really enjoyed.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

The private insurance was very nice since all of my prescriptions were covered. However, it was difficult to get appointments with specialist doctors, such as a dermatologist, when I was referred to by my general practitioner in Denmark.

* Safety:

I have never felt so safe traveling around in a city at all times of the day.

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 was a very expensive city. The grocery card provided by the program was very helpful in alleviating grocery expenses but eating out was very expensive.

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? Try to minimize going to cafes and eating out by making your own coffee or cooking because that's the most expensive part!


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
  • Hotel
* 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?
  • Field Studies
  • Study Tours
  • Living and Learning Communities
* What could be improved?
  • Privacy w/in housing
  • Professor's Pedagogy
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I didn't realize that not only would there be a cultural adjustment to Denmark but also to DIS because the makeup of students is very different to what I experience at Wellesley.