Great immersion that put me outside of my comfort zone September 14, 2016

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 01/15/2016 to 05/17/2017 with

DIS Copenhagen: Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes, and I learned how to be much more independent.

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?

Socialist healthcare

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

Similar program, less expensive not socialist country.

Finances

* 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)

Denmark is extremely expensive. They gave us some money to use for food but not nearly enough.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $300 at least
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Go to a less expensive country.

Language

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

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
* 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?
  • Independence
  • Strong classes
  • Friends
* What could be improved?
  • More money allotted to students for food
  • No danish
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Expensive, guy to girl ratio at DIS (many more girls), terrible weather in Denmark in the spring.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Muslims in the West

Course Department: Religion/history
Instructor: Jesper Peterson
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Excellent class. Extremely fascinating!!! Great professor who is knowledgeable.
Credit Transfer Issues: No
Course Name/Rating:

Virtual Worlds and Social Media

Course Department: Communications
Instructor: Ates Gursimsek
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Not very difficult and somewhat boring.
Credit Transfer Issues: No
Course Name/Rating:

Danish I

Course Department: Danish
Instructor: Charlotte Beuck
Instruction Language: Danish/English
Comments: I did not like that Middlebury made me take Danish abroad. There were so many classes that I would have preferred to take. I will likely never speak Danish again in my life.
Credit Transfer Issues: Yes, I am hoping to use it as my EUR distribution requirement. Sorting out now.
Course Name/Rating:

Psychology of Human Sexuality

Course Department: Psychology
Instructor: Debbie Quackenbush
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Yes
Credit Transfer Issues: No
Course Name/Rating:

Psychopharmacology

Course Department: Neuroscience
Instructor: Jesper Anderson
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Yes, learned a lot. Best neuroscience class I have EVER taken.
Credit Transfer Issues: No