Fun, but not too rewarding. Past Review

By (Economics., Middlebury College) - abroad from 01/20/2012 to 05/20/2012 with

DIS Copenhagen: Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to cook for myself. Actually learned a lot about Renewable and Sustainable Energy, which is really cool. Wouldn't say it was as worthwhile as it would have been if I had been in a foreign language program or in a completely different type of society.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

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)

Copenhagen is VERRRRY expensive for doing anything other than just cooking for yourself and going to and from class during the day. Definitely felt like I had to operate under a pretty tight budget in terms of eating out, going to attractions, and going to bars.

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* 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? $125
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Don't go to Copenhagen if you're looking to save money. If you are going and want to spend only a moderate amount, buy a lot of pasta and eggs and vegetables at the store, definitely cheapest to go that way. Don't go out too often.


* 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

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, Danish Language and Culture 101 was a required course through Middlebury College.
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? Immerse yourself by trying to talk to people as much as you can. Listen to radio and just listen to people on the streets to pick up small things.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • Other
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
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?
  • Classes were interesting
  • The people in the program were great, but they were all Americans
* What could be improved?
  • Immersion
  • prices (kindof hard to change that though)
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I would have liked to hear all of my friends experiences and stories before selecting my program. It only does so much to hear reviews from strangers. Also, it kindof takes just experiencing it to know what you want. Copenhagen was great, but I'd call it more of a "Semester in a City" as opposed to a Semester Abroad.