Maria Gleason

Credentials: Copenhagen, Denmark

Position title: Engagement Intern

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DIS – Study Abroad in Scandinavia

University of Copenhagen Exchange

Major: International Studies: Global Security, Scandinavian Studies

Certificate: German, European Studies


Maria studied abroad during Fall 2022 on an exchange program at the University of Copenhagen in Copenhagen, Denmark. She lived in an international student apartment building with students from around the world as well as local Danish students. Maria was able to build connection with Danes and other international students while practicing both her Danish and German language skills. Maria took courses focused in political science learning from some of the world’s leading experts in the field. She learned about European Union structures and policies from the Danish perspective as well as the politics surrounding migration and immigration policies. Maria spent her free time travelling around Denmark and participating in a dance club through the University of Copenhagen. In Summer 2021, Maria also studied in Copenhagen through the DIS program. Through DIS, Maria learned about Danish society with students from across the United States and went on a study tour to the west coast of Denmark. She values the connections she’s made with many Danish and international students and professors. She also values her experience abroad as an essential aspect of her undergraduate education providing her with tools and skills for the future. She hopes these connections will last for many years and will always be thankful for her study abroad experience.