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DIS Copenhagen – Summer Courses

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Amazing experience!

Everything about this program was fantastic. I felt so welcomed into Denmark since I was at a school for study abroad students instead of being an international student. I learned so much during my time abroad through all the hands on opportunities at DIS. While the course load was easier than that of my home university, I still felt like DIS was my best college semester. The teachers were professionals who were very knowledgable in their fields. Staff were also helpful. During my interview at graduate school, my interviewer was very interested in what I had to say about my time in Denmark...I believe it is a huge part of why I was accepted to the school.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    N/A

  • Social Life

    N/A

For university students looking at Study...

For university students looking at Study Abroad Programs in Europe, I totally recommend DIS. Interesting academics tied in with practical work, integrated Study tours around Europe (worth credits!) and five choices of pre-arranged housing (all set up before arrival). Copenhagen is a fantastic city too. Too much fun!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    7

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    N/A

  • Social Life

    N/A

I recommend this program...

I recommend this program

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    7

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    9

Absolutely Recommend!

Loved it! The classes are easy but that’s what you want for a semester abroad. You can get as involved as you want but DIS provides an organized, user-friendly school that is dependable.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    6

  • Living Situation

    6

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health and Safety

    N/A

  • Social Life

    N/A

Make it your own

DIS is a wonderful program that provides numerous opportunities and resources for students to customize their own experience and level of cultural immersion. From living situations to clubs, the program is really what you make of it - whether that be hanging out with Americans in the city and having a great time or getting out and meeting Danes/other international students. Academics are more difficult than other abroad programs, but not as challenging as my home institution. Even so, the wide variety of classes is an advantage of DIS.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health and Safety

    N/A

  • Social Life

    N/A

DIS lets you make your abroad experience what you want it to be.

DIS was fantastic. The program gives you a lot of options so you can customize your abroad experience however you like. It does a great job of immersing you in Danish culture as well as letting you explore other countries. I would definitely recommend DIS, especially the host family living option.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    6

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    6

  • Health and Safety

    N/A

  • Social Life

    N/A

Best summer ever

I loved DIS. They were really great and helped with financial aid & all problems that came up. Copenhagen was an amazing city with wonderful people. I really loved that they offered classes that were "out of the box" for study abroad. I was able to spend my summer in a Danish hospital instead of learning a beginning language.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    6

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    6

  • Health and Safety

    N/A

  • Social Life

    N/A

Travel and experience Europe through DIS

I really enjoyed my abroad experience. The program offers a variety of options from course of study to living arrangements, and possible travel trips.

DIS organizes a lot of travel opportunities I never would have been able to on my own.

The program is well organized and planned around the student's desire to experience other cultures.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    6

  • Health and Safety

    N/A

  • Social Life

    N/A

Copenhagen is an amazing city

Copenhagen is an amazing city to get to know. DIS does a great job of allowing you to explore Denmark in a very special, unique, way. They basically force you to explore & travel and I will never look at bike riding the same way.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    6

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health and Safety

    N/A

  • Social Life

    N/A

Great living opportunities

Fantastic experience, great living opportunities, lots of options for cultural immersion

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    6

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    6

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health and Safety

    N/A

  • Social Life

    N/A

overall very good

Overall a very good program. The classes weren't as challenging as my home institution but more challenging than many study abroad programs, I think.

They had a variety of housing options - I chose a host family, which was great. If it weren't for the homestay aspect, though, I wouldn't have gotten much cultural immersion at all, since most of my classmates were also American.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health and Safety

    N/A

  • Social Life

    N/A

Denmark: A small country with a big heart.

DIS is AMAZING.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    6

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health and Safety

    N/A

  • Social Life

    N/A

A great summer program.

I did the faculty led program through the school so we didn't get to see a lot of the culture. everything else was great though.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    6

  • Health and Safety

    N/A

  • Social Life

    N/A

Go to Denmark!

Through DIS, I was able to stay with a host family, meet Danes my own age, and study with a new cultural perspective. I travelled, met new friends, and had the best four months of my life!

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health and Safety

    N/A

  • Social Life

    N/A

You have to go to Copenhagen

Everyone should go to Copenhagen. Absolutely incredible program--I had the most spectacular experience.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    6

  • Program Administration

    6

  • Health and Safety

    N/A

  • Social Life

    N/A

DIS

Great program

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    6

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health and Safety

    N/A

  • Social Life

    N/A

DIS is a once in a lifetime, amazing opportunity

DIS is an amazing program, it includes amazing travel tips, offers cultural immersion as a part of classes and has a great living situation.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health and Safety

    N/A

  • Social Life

    N/A

Take me back!

DIS was the perfect combination of academics and cultural exploration. It gave me the opportunity to experience, learn, & grow personally in a way that could not be done on campus. The program was made even better by the people; everyone was so positive!

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Social Life

    7

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    5

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Academics

    9

Danish Summer

I really loved my time in Copenhagen studying Human Trafficking through DIS. I wish that I had stayed for the second session! I loved the housing and would recommend living not in the city but the outskirts. Also, the class that I took was definitely eye opening and informative.

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    N/A

  • Social Life

    N/A

There are a variety of options for housing--homestay,...

There are a variety of options for housing--homestay, dorm, Danish roommate. This choice will have a large effect on your experience. Danish families are very liberal and won't keep you at home on a Saturday night, but living with a homestay may mean a bit of a longer commute to the nightlife of Copenhagen.



Academically, the courses are tougher than most other study abroad programs. You'll have to work to get the A just as you would have to at home but one of my favorite courses of my college career was one that I took at DIS. It's worth it.



I love Denmark!

Overall Rating

7/ 10

  • Academics

    7

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    6

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    N/A

If looking for cultural immersion, can be hit or miss

I was looking mostly for cultural immersion in my study abroad experience, and because of my housing situation--living in a "folk high school" with many Danes--, this program was perfect for me. But many students in other housing arrangements got to know very few locals. Living at the folk high school (which are residential schools, so you will eat and hang out a lot with Danes around our age if you want to) was by far the highlight for me, and allowed me to learn a lot about certain parts of Danish culture and form really strong friendships with locals. Some say that they were worried about the hour-plus commute to classes, but in my opinion it was totally worth it, especially because some/many DIS students live and spend almost all of their time surrounded by American students, which seems strange to me while studying in a place away from home. My biggest complaint would be about the other DIS students, many of whom did not seem interested in classes or in meeting Danes and learning about their culture (taking short trips to other cities most weekends, for example). I thought classes were pretty good overall: I liked that there were so many interesting options to choose from, and that field trips were included in the syllabi to add to what's learned in the classroom, but again it felt sort of weird taking classes with all American students. There are some University of Copenhagen classes that you can choose, but at least in the one I took the majority of students were DIS students. So overall, I think it was a good program that is very well organized and offers many great opportunities, but also risks limited cultural immersion.

Academics:
I liked that there were so many interesting options to choose from, and that field trips were included in the syllabi to add to what's learned in the classroom. I had some good teachers, also...not all were professors, but some were working in the area they were teaching about and had a lot to say about it. But again, it felt sort of weird taking classes with all American students while studying abroad. There are some University of Copenhagen classes that you can choose, but at least in the one I took the majority of students were DIS students. I would definitely recommend taking Danish class if you are interested in learning about Danish culture

Living Situation:
I lived in a højskole ("folk high school" in english), a unique residential school that doesn't exists in the US, and am so happy I did. The really special thing was that over the course of the semester I could spend so much time and really get to know a group of Danish students. All the food we needed and more was provided (I almost always ate breakfast and dinner with the Danish students at the school and packed a lunch to take to class in Copenhagen).

On other housing options: I have heard good things from many people who stayed with host families and from some who lived in Danish kollegiums. I have heard from some people who lived with only American students in DRC's or themed housing that it was very difficult to meet Danish people.

Cultural Immersion:
I think living at the højskole was an A+ in this, but becuase of what I heard about some students' experiences in more popular housing options like DRCs I'll give it a B. DIS also provided other ways to do this for example by joining local extracurricular clubs like sports ones, but I can't really speak to it because I didn't do any and I didn't hear much about them from the people I talked to.

Program Administration:
The program is very organized, and the staff was really nice and always helpful

Overall Rating

7/ 10

  • Academics

    7

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    N/A

  • Social Life

    N/A

DIS

DIS is very well run and has some interesting classes. My program (MEB) wasn't particularly challenging, but our field trips were great and I met some wonderful people. My host family was very welcoming and loving. I lived pretty far outside the city but didn't mind because of the nice family atmosphere and great public transportation. Denmark is a great place to live - I'd definitely recommend it. One thing to be aware of is that the Danes can be hard to get to know; they're reserved people.

Overall Rating

6/ 10

  • Academics

    2

  • Living Situation

    3

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Program Administration

    2

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    7

DIS sucks but Denmark is a great place

Academics teach you nothing and the grading is arbitrary. DIS staff in Minnesota aren't helpful or easy to deal with. I would strongly recommend looking for another program within Denmark.

Academics:
Grades are arbitrarily assigned in a couple of classes. Professors in some classes make no attempt to get to know you, which makes it interesting when it is time to give out participation grades.

DIS is overloaded with a bunch of students from tiny private schools who are different than what I am used to. It reminded me a lot of high school. Also, it is tough to be in a group when half of people are pass/fail and youre fighting to get an A.

Overall Rating

6/ 10

  • Academics

    6

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    3

  • Program Administration

    6

  • Health and Safety

    N/A

  • Social Life

    N/A

Huge program, pricey, decent academics

The program is HUGE (around 600 students). Academics are decent. Great study tours & field trips. They allocate a very generous amount of time for you to travel on your own. A variety of housing options (dorms or host families, etc.) It was very pricey (tuition & cost of living). If I could study abroad again, I would not go through DIS.

Overall Rating

6/ 10

  • Academics

    6

  • Living Situation

    3

  • Cultural Immersion

    3

  • Program Administration

    6

  • Health and Safety

    N/A

  • Social Life

    N/A

Skoal!

Denmark was fun, skoal!