Best Semester Ever September 14, 2016

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 01/15/2016 to 05/14/2016 with

DIS Copenhagen: Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about myself and about the culture of Denmark and the rest of Europe. It was extremely worthwhile.

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.

* 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? Yes

DIS was just what I wanted in a study abroad program. Interesting classes, but the time to be able to explore the city/country and travel around Europe.


* 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 a very expensive city.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $200-$300


* 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
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* 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?
  • The living arrangements
  • Travel component of classes
* What could be improved?
  • More events with locals
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How expensive Copenhagen is!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Economics of Crime

Course Department: Economics
Instructor: Kristian Sorensen
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This was a good class with a very interesting perspective from the teacher. He was an amazing person who has been all over the world. At times the lectures were a bit dry but the field trips were quite enjoyable and added a lot to the class.
Credit Transfer Issues: No
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History of Danish Art and Architecture

Course Department: History of Art
Instructor: Jannie Bendsen
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This was an awesome class with very relevant field trips to different buildings and urban spaces. The teacher was very knowledgable and interested in the subject and the assignments were relevant and helpful in learning and understanding the information.
Credit Transfer Issues: No
Course Name/Rating:

Danish Language

Course Department: Language
Instructor: Anna Gross
Instruction Language: English/Danish
Comments: This was a frustrating class because I felt the instruction was unclear and homework was not well defined.
Credit Transfer Issues: No
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Globalization and European Economics

Course Department: Economics
Instructor: Michael Hergaard
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This was a very interesting class with a really cool trip to Moscow. We were able to meet with Danish companies and members of the EU and Russian governments.
Credit Transfer Issues: No
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Health Policy and Health Economics

Course Department: Economics
Instructor: Marie Roebel
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Yes this course was extremely interesting and the teacher was very knowledgable since she is a professional in the field.
Credit Transfer Issues: No, I just had my advisor sign off on it before I left.