Copenhagen is an Amazing City Past Review

By (Finance and Financial Management Services., Bentley University) - abroad from 08/18/2012 to 12/18/2012 with

Copenhagen Business School: Copenhagen - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I got to learn a lot about myself and how to live on my own. CBS did not give much help and there was really no campus like Bentley, so it was up to the student to be independent and figure things out for themselves. The city has so much to do and is unlike any other city I have ever been to. It was definitely worthwhile and I recommend going to any student who is considering it.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Classes were very challenging and final grades are based on only one final test or paper.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Administration helped if there was any problems but you are pretty much on your own to figure out the school and the city.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Location was perfect and the rooms were very big. Only complaint of housing was the condition the rooms were in when I arrived and the general upkeep of it. Internet was terribly slow for a while and the washer/dryers didn't work well. The location however was right near a metro station and it was fun building to live in. (Katerine Kollegiet)

* Food:

Each room has its own kitchen with 2 burners and no oven. Everything worked fine. The school offers good food but not meal plan, just pay there.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The school did a good job having the international students interact with each other but a poor job on integration with the Danish students. Still, I got very accustomed to the Danish culture and was one of the biggest highlights of my experience.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

The school does nothing to help out with medical issues. It was very hard to see a doctor and took me over 2 weeks. Healthcare is free under Danish law so that was one plus of it.

* Safety:

Extremely safe city.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Copenhagen is an extremely expensive city. Even if you try and watch your budget, costs will still be higher than almost every other program.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $300
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Don't eat out much and try and cook at home if you have a kitchen Plan trips early Set up a budget before going


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

Learning Danish helped get around the city and understand the culture. Since most people speak fluent English, it was not needed often to communicate.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? High School Spanish
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Talk with the locals or other students in your class. You learn much faster talking than just reading and writing.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • A lot to do in the city/ easy to get aroudn
  • Very unique culture and friendly people
  • Close to many other amazing countries
* What could be improved?
  • Expensive
  • Poor upkeep of Dorm
  • Tough school
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew how expensive it was going to be and made a budget beforehand. I also wish I had booked my trips ahead of time and possibly traveled more. Also try as hard as possible to meet the locals and understand the culture where you live.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.