Anonymous said: Hi Kristine! My name is Kelsey and I am in the Graphic Design program at Portland community college. I'm from Portland Oregon and have lived here my whole life. I have always wanted to travel and study abroad, but never got the chance. I was looking through websites on opportunities to study abroad and found this website! I looked through your blog and it seemed like an amazing time. My question is, how long would I need to plan to be gone on this trip? And how much does it cost?
Hey Kelsey, thanks for the message! The average length for a semester abroad is four months (I was gone for just over four). DIS has options for full-year, semester, and summer too — so depending on your schedule/finances/curriculum, you can choose which length is best suited for you! If the time frame you choose isn’t long enough, extending your stay is a great option too! Some students stayed a couple weeks after the semester and either stayed in Copenhagen or kept traveling around Europe. I even had a friend find a design internship for the summer, so she stayed in Copenhagen for an extra three months.
Finances & expenses are different for everyone. My round-trip plane ticket from Minneapolis was ~$1,100. But if you set up price alerts now for your expected flights, (hopefully since prices fluctuate so often) you can find a reasonable price. I’m actually returning to Europe in March & have been scoping our prices for a couple months — the round-trip I just purchased was $980. Obviously, choosing to travel every weekend and eat out every night is an additional expense. Train tickets from Denmark to Sweden are around $25 and my bus ticket to/from Copenhagen-Berlin was around $50, so there are nearby/cost-effective trips! If you are able to apply to the DIS Scholarships or study abroad scholarships through your school, I would definitely recommend it (DIS is a pricey program, so it helps a lot)! I don’t know the exact numbers for tuition (this also varies per person), so here is a link to the Tuition/Fees page & you can get a run-down on DIS’ 2013/14 or 2014/15 expected expenses/tuition: http://www.disabroad.org/study-abroad/fees/
Also, here is a link to the DIS catalog. Before choosing this program, I referred to my catalog a lot for reference, so hopefully it can help you too! You can request a physical copy or read through their digital versions: http://www.disabroad.org/apply/study-abroad-catalog/
I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.
HJEM I MINNESOTA
Jeg savner Danmark.
I miss rugbrød, the cobblestone streets of the Latin Quarter, & pastries — OH MY GOD especially from Sankt Peders Bageri (Saint Peter’s Bakery), what I would give for a danish or snegl from Saint Peter’s right now! Just the thought of it is making my stomach rumble. And I miss movie nights with my hostmum, dearly, taking the S-Tog train to and from Birkerød and Nørreport everyday, & sooooo much more, you guys. This is just to name a few.
I have been back in Minneapolis for a couple months, survived another summer Printmaking course, and am fully immersed back into another Fall semster. Every bit of last spring still seems so surreal. Whenever I am asked about my experience, I am at a loss of for words. I miss it more than one can explain and my time spent there was beyond imagination. I think about it everyday, selvfølgelig, & I dream about returning (if any of you readers are planning a visit, I beg you to take me along!).
It’s a little sad to say, but this will be one of, if not the, last of my blog posts. I’m so happy to have this blog as a record of my stay, for the friends/family I made abroad, and for the surplus of memories and photographs I have and hold as celebrations of my life there. Denmark was one of the best chapters of my life, & I’m excited for whatever is next for me. …Of course, I wish I was returning to DIS for another semester of fun though. :) I am beyond jealous of all the incoming students this fall. I would give anything to be in their place.
Anonymous said: It seems like you had an amazing experience abroad!! I am going to be in Denmark for the fall semester and I can't wait! I was just wondering if you had any recommendations for phones while abroad? Thanks so much!!
It was beyond incredible!! I hope you love it too!!
DIS has a partnership with PicCell Wireless, which is what I used when I was over there. For me, it was an easy option. You can sign up online, or when you get to the airport, & pick up your phone either at the airport when you get your arrival information from DIS, or at the school’s package pick-up. I went with PicCell’s free phone option (it’s a cheap little thing that has just basic functions like calling/texting/etc.., but you can upgrade if you want to pay more) & overall, my phone bills from my four months of usage totaled to just about $5.
Climbing up the Spiral Tower to see the city on my last full day! Vor Frelsers Kirke (Our Savior’s Church), Copenhagen. ❤ ❤ ❤
A quiet, afternoon stroll through Bistrup Hegn, the small forest behind our apartment. Last time I meandered through here was when Denmark was still covered in snow. Now, in the springtime, everything is intensely green.
A short visit to Helsingør and Kronborg Castle (the setting for William Shakespeare’s Hamlet) after visiting Louisiana!
Alberto Giacometti sculptures at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.
Louisiana in Denmark
Yesterday was yet another beautiful day in Denmark. Lisa and I ventured north to the city of Humlebœk to spend the day at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. The mostabsolutelysupergorgeous museum I have had the pleasure to know. Here are just a few snippets from our day. :)
We found a slide in the gardens!!
Tara Donovan exhibition… Mind-bogglingly beautiful.
Yayoi Kusama’s “Gleaming Lights of the Souls” (2008).
Richard Serra’s “Gate in the Gorge” (1986).
Mother-Daughter date on Tuesday! Katrine and I went out to explore the Ørestad area of Copenhagen & to admire the Bjarke Ingels architecture. We started our day with getting coffee, danishes, and heart-shaped cake pops (triple bonus!) at the Glass Market. After a short metro ride later, we ventured out on a sunny walk down Vestamager. We saw the Bella Sky Hotel, a fantastic elementary school, the Ørestad public library, Field’s (Denmark’s largest department store), Ingel’s VM Houses and Mountains apartment buildings (in the first picture), Kalvebod Fælled (a ginormous nature reserve), & also Ingel’s 8Tallet apartment building, where we stopped for another coffee at the cafe before heading back home. Lovely day, lovely day!