Culture over Education, an extended vacation in Denmark Past Review

By (Marketing., Bentley University) - abroad from 08/26/2013 to 12/18/2013 with

Copenhagen Business School: Copenhagen - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Traveling Europe was why I went, I did it, and I loved it

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Honestly, you receive 0 support from your professors and are given some of the most ambiguous assignments I have ever heard of.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

A lot of support and good people welcoming you, but the so called "buddy" program is useless

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I give this 3 stars because I made a lot of friends in my dorms. I have never heard of a college dorm without Wifi and for the first 2 months our internet hardly worked at all. Also we were lied to in our housing contract, our dorm had no common room (it was there but blocked off and we were given a bad excuse from the school) and was found in poor conditions upon arrival.

* Food:

we were supplied no food. the 3 stars is because the cafeteria food is good, but there is no meal plan its all individual.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

best part of the trip, perfect

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I was fine, friends who got sick were upset with the support they were given, but I did not get sick

* Safety:

Our dorm specifically had multiple break ins and robberies

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No


* 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)

What can I say copenhagen is very expensive

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 100 at least
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Save a lot


* 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

we were forced to learn it, it was an awful class at too fast a pace, no one learned anything and my grade unfortunately will hurt my GPA, you can't learn a language as complex as danish in 4 months, its stupid to assume anyone can.

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? None
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 4th year
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? Stop making students take danish, it is a useless language to being with, that is not bitterness its truth.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • 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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • People
  • Copenhagen
  • Travel
* What could be improved?
  • Education Support and Grade Exchange
  • Dorms
  • Cancel the language requirement
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The dorms were not nearly as good as we were told, and the language class was impossible

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.