An Abroad Experience with a Lasting Impression September 07, 2018

By (Brandeis University) - abroad from 01/13/2018 to 05/12/2018 with

DIS Copenhagen: Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned so much about Danish society and culture through my time with my host family, as well as the content of my classes. This experience was definitely worthwhile, as I now have a better understanding of Denmark's practices (especially in the heath care sector), plus I have a lifelong relationship with a family in Denmark.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

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

I think DIS did an incredible job of giving us experiences outside of the classroom. We were really able to take advantage of the fact that we were in Europe through the study tours, as well as appreciate new places and learning environments on our field study days. I also appreciated the several breaks we had, which gave us even more opportunities to travel around the continent on top of the class field trips.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $50-70 per week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Be careful with buying coffee or pastries. There are a lot of amazing places to get these, but the purchases add up!

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? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 0
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? If you want to practice the language frequently and comfortably, stay with a host family.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* 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?
  • Study tours
  • Food
  • New relationships
* What could be improved?
  • More DIS-run clubs
  • More opportunities for just DIS students to meet
  • Mail service
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had spent more time simply exploring the odd corners of the city. There are still so many neighborhoods that I would like to see more of, and I am excited to return one day.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'