Lisa in Denmark

Lisa is a junior majoring in markets and culture in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, with a minor in education in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. During spring 2014, she is studying at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad with SMU-in-Copenhagen. The following posts are excerpts from Lisa’s blog at

European National Handball Championship

Handball is a very popular sport in Denmark and tonight my host family and I watched the European Handball Championship where Denmark played against France on Danish turf. Unfortunately, France took the win. Mikkel Hansen, who was born in Helsingør, the city where I am currently living, plays for Denmark and is one of the best handball players in the world! His father also played handball nationally.

2014-02-13T16:42:51+00:00 January 26th, 2014|Lisa in Denmark|

Week One

Week one complete! My week started with an Arrival Workshop for the first three days and then ended with the start of classes. The professors seem very intelligent and have nice accents. One of the things I like most about the DIS program is that there are field studies - learning that takes place outside of the classroom. For example, in my human trafficking class there is a planned field trip to the Red Light District in Copenhagen. I’m sure I will greatly enjoy my classes except for the papers. The classes I am taking are: My core course (the course I will spend the most time in and which also has one full week of traveling and studying just [...]

2014-02-13T16:41:26+00:00 January 25th, 2014|Lisa in Denmark|

Arrival/Day One

After three flights, expensive airport food, and a sore bottom, I arrived in Copenhagen yesterday! I’ve been in Denmark over 24 hours now and I’m feeling right at home here. I appreciate my host family and American siblings,they have made the transition so easy! My host parents know what it is like to be around young adults – after all they raised three sons and have had three DIS students in the past, although this is their first time having three students at once. My American host siblings and I make a great team proven when we spent today exploring Copenhagen together. Copenhagen is very beautiful and clean. It is definitely very cold here – mostly because of the strong [...]

2014-02-13T16:39:58+00:00 January 20th, 2014|Lisa in Denmark|


There is less than a week left until I will be in Copenhagen! Being a Texan girl, I’ve never had to worry about a down jacket, functional scarves, or wool gloves, but in my preparations for Denmark, I’ve gotten most of that covered now. These last few days are a little stressful trying to make sure I have everything I might need in Denmark (no matter how much I prepare, I will never be fully prepared) and spending last moments with friends and family. It is scary and exhilarating to be leaving the comforts of my life at home. I am very excited that I will be staying with a host family! We have been exchanging emails and there is [...]

2014-02-13T16:37:34+00:00 January 14th, 2014|Lisa in Denmark|

Why Denmark?

In no particular order: My dad studied abroad in Denmark when he was in college (with a different program) In a class about the Holocaust I learned that the Danish collectively saved their Jews during the Holocaust by shipping them to neutral Sweden - Read more here. I also just ordered this novel about the rescue of Denmark’s Jews. Thanks Aunt Sandy! A country with a group of people like this must be fascinating! I have not yet been to Europe I heard great things about DIS from friends who previously studied abroad there

2014-02-13T17:00:14+00:00 January 14th, 2014|Lisa in Denmark|
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