Stories From Alumni

Each DIS alum, in their own way, goes on to make meaningful impact in their own lives and the communities around them.

From experiential learning during field studies, study tours throughout Europe that unlocked new perspectives, to lifelong friendships, our alumni agree: Time abroad with DIS is life-changing!

Having the time to think and explore ideas with people from different backgrounds and cultures, helped me decipher between what I actually believed and what was a societal norm I had grown up with. I attribute so much of that personal growth to time spent with DIS classmates and Danish friends.

Valerie Vanderwest, DIS student in 2003-2004

An experience with DIS provide opportunities to develop new perspectives about the world; alumni also gain new inspiration about how to live as engaged global citizens and make meaningful impacts on the world around them. Our alumni have gone on to design innovative architecture, develop climate change initiatives, serve as healthcare providers, researchers, and politicians, become authentic leaders, educate students of tomorrow, create sustainable social policies, contribute in their local communities – and much more!

Be inspired by the professional and personal lives of DIS alumni in our Alumni Stories.

Left: Gabrielle Darko | Center: Dr. Amar Rewari   | Right: Valerie Vanderwest

Bringing Scandinavia Home

DIS students often bring a wealth of memories, new perspectives, and friendships home with them after their time abroad. Read about how a few alumni keep their ‘Scandinavian spirit’ alive.

Left: Teri Flanders and host parents | Center: The Brøns Family  | Right: Carsten Pape and Mark Applebaum

Lasting Connections

Connections made while studying at DIS are often for life! Read about how some DIS alumni are still connected with those that made their DIS experience so memorable.

Left: Kelton Minor | Center: Jade Denson  | Right: Morenike “Mo” Moroof- Mustapha

Career Impacts

Studying at DIS often deepens a student’s existing passions or opens completely new areas of exploration. Read about how DIS impacted the careers of a few alumni.

Share Your Story

How has DIS impacted your life? We would love to hear your story! If you would like to contribute to our growing catalogue of alumni stories we share on our media platforms, let us know.