DIS Copenhagen - Fun and Surprisingly Educational June 02, 2024

By (Computer Science, Brandeis University) - 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 needed a break from the routine and rigor of school in the US, but I like to learn and still wanted a somewhat educational experience -- I got exactly that. DIS let me keep learning interesting stuff but not be stressed about workload.

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.

Some courses are significantly more rigorous than others, though all are less intense than courses at home in the US. All courses have more than enough resources available for students to succeed. It's all about the student: you can get by in most classes with minimal effort, but you can also get a lot out of your classes with a bit more effort.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Super pampered, lots of activities and ways to connect

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Monten Kollegium: clean and spacious, nice kitchen, not much privacy

* 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? 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? $150 - 200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Pregame hard


* 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

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • High quality of courses
  • Comfortable housing
  • Lots of people to meet
* What could be improved?
  • More opportunity to meet/study with locals
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Copenhagen is remarkably unpleasant in the winter and remarkably pleasant in the spring & summer. I'd probably do a summer or fall semester over the spring semester.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Artificial Neural Networks and Deep Learning

Course Department: Computer Science
Instruction Language:
Comments: This course was particularly awesome -- the lectures were super engaging and exceptionally well designed; the class has some tough concepts but they're explained in a way everyone could understand. The class had lots of (optional) opportunities to dig deeper on your own time, meaning you learn about a wide range of subjects but work really hard only at the stuff you find most exciting. Study tours were a ton of fun and the meetings with professionals in the field were overall quite interesting.
Credit Transfer Issues: