A New Home December 19, 2016

By (Brandeis University) - abroad from 08/20/2016 to 12/12/2016 with

DIS Copenhagen: Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Studying abroad gave me a newfound sense of self. I learned how to be alone, independent, and make someplace else my new home.

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?

Health care was super accessible. I had the flu and the resources given to me were incredible.

* Safety:

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

DIS Copenhagen is the best possible study abroad program imaginable. The resources that I had because of this program were outstanding. From my independence and ability to commute in a new country to the support provided, DIS provides an incredible environment. DIS provides rigorous academics that are up to par with my home institution as well. I also benefited from the study tours with my class. By going to Spain and Morocco with my core course, I was able to put my learning in action!


* 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? $10
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Use the stipends given to you.


* 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

We never really used Danish outside of class.

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

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
* 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?
  • the classes
  • the travel
  • the opportunities
* What could be improved?
  • communication
  • guidance during first week
  • more opportunities to meet Danes
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? NOTHING! I really loved learning on the spot.

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!