great way to see Copenhagen,but little cultural integration August 09, 2016

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 08/15/2015 to 05/17/2016 with

DIS Copenhagen: Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned quite a bit of Danish and how comfortable I am living in a foreign country.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

some classes were underwhelming, didn't feel like I learned anything, others were definitely more challengin

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

liked living in a kollegium, would have preferred living with more Danish students rather than a bunch of international exchange students though.

* Food:

Copenhagen has a lot to offer in terms of food, but most of it is out of reach for a college student budget and it was tricky sometimes to find vegetarian food.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

definitely self-directed though.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

no issues

* Safety:

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

i would likely enroll in the local university rather than do a separate program.


* 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? hard to say, but more than $50/week.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? budget, and hang out with like-budgeted people, some students are more than willing to blow a ton of money


* 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

my first semester, even in my language class, we weren't pushed to use the language. my second semester, my Danish class was much better and challenging, but I was disappointed that Danish wasn't a requirement.

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? some duolingo online
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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

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  • Americans
  • International Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • getting to live in Copenhagen
* What could be improved?
  • cultural/language integration
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew how separate it was as a program, there is little to no interaction with local students except for brief exercises.

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.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Visual Journal

Course Department: Architecture and Design
Instructor: Courtney D.C.
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Definitely quite challenging in terms of the level of expectation and time spent on assignments, put me out of my comfort zone but in a good way
Credit Transfer Issues: check before you leave if you have questions about courses