An American in Copenhagen Past Review

By (Tulane University) - abroad from 01/23/2012 to 05/17/2012 with

DIS Copenhagen: Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained a more well rounded / international perspective about the way people see the world. Also, I now better understand the cultures differences between the attitudes of Americans versus Danes.

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 slightly easier than my home university; however, the grading and what was expected was not always clear.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

If you had a problem, they didn't necessarily work with you to fix the problem.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived with a host family. My host family was amazing; however, I lived an hour outside the city with no other student living near me. This restricted meeting up with people and going out at times.

* Food:

I ate mostly with my host family, and they made amazing food. If eating out though, food was extremely expensive.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Danes, although initially cold, were really welcoming once you got to get to know them. By the end, I felt integrated.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I only went to the doctor to get a prescription filled, and it worked out easy.

* Safety:

Copenhagen is extremely safe.

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 was an extremely expensive city. Since I ate all meals with my host family, I was affected quite as much. People in other living situations spent a lot though.

* Was housing included in your program cost? No
* Was food included in your program cost? Yes
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $50
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Living with a host family greatly reduced my costs and also provided a great opportunity.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
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? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? None
How many hours per day did you use the language? 0
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? It's not really important.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
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?
  • Study tours
  • Travel break
  • Classes with local topics
* What could be improved?
  • House students closer to each other
  • More support when experiencing problems
  • Clearer on expectations in classes
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Danes love and hate Americans at the same time