Expensive, Dark, homogenous, poor living conditions September 22, 2016

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 01/16/2016 to 05/14/2016 with

DIS Copenhagen: Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Learned about myself and gained a more complete cultural perspective.

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:

Food was so so expensive. Cooking in the living spaces provided was a burden.

* 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

I would go somewhere more affordable where the weather was not so dark and cold. I would also go somewhere where I knew the language better.


* 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? $200 at least
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Maybe don't go to Denmark....


* 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? 0
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Lang is not intuitive but pay attention in class and do the HW.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
  • Apartment
* 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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Classes were engaging
* What could be improved?
  • Affordability
  • Dorms
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The expenses and weather in Denmark. How insular the social scene 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:

Psych of Sex

Course Department: Psych
Instructor: Debbie
Instruction Language:
Comments: Very interesting. Work was manageable. Debbie is the best.
Credit Transfer Issues:
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Social Media and Virtual Worlds

Course Department:
Instructor: Ates
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Pretty easy. Interesting discussions.
Credit Transfer Issues:
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Course Department:
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Interesting and challenging
Credit Transfer Issues:
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Danish I

Course Department: Danish
Instructor: Katarina
Instruction Language: Danish/ English
Comments: Frustrating to have to spend time learning a language that I would never have to use again, but Professor was nice and helpful.
Credit Transfer Issues:
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Course Department: Neuro
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Participation grading was frustrating. It made it so that people spoke just to speak, which is especially frustrating in a content based class.
Credit Transfer Issues: Not really.