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Jan 18, 2014
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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.

Cheers!

Kristine


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Sep 5, 2013
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HJEM I MINNESOTA

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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.

Farvel! xoxo


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Aug 28, 2013
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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


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May 17, 2013
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Climbing up the Spiral Tower to see the city on my last full day! Vor Frelsers Kirke (Our Savior’s Church), Copenhagen. ❤ ❤ 


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May 17, 2013
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Frederiksborg Castle, Hillerød, Denmark. 

Frederiksborg Castle, Hillerød, Denmark. 


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May 16, 2013
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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.


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May 16, 2013
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A short visit to Helsingør and Kronborg Castle (the setting for William Shakespeare’s Hamlet) after visiting Louisiana!


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May 16, 2013
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Alberto Giacometti sculptures at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.


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May 16, 2013
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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. :)

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We found a slide in the gardens!!

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Tara Donovan exhibition… Mind-bogglingly beautiful.

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Yayoi Kusama’s “Gleaming Lights of the Souls” (2008).

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Richard Serra’s “Gate in the Gorge” (1986).

Vi ses!


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May 16, 2013
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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!