A year of cultural experience September 10, 2018

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 08/19/2017 to 05/13/2018 with

DIS Copenhagen: Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Danish/European perspectives

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 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?

I had a great experience living with my host family, though some others had difficulty in getting along with their host family.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I sought out for social/cultural experience by myself; it is not quite something that DIS takes care a lot for you.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Be aware of pickpockets at large stations. Denmark is generally safe, but in case you travel, some other cities in other countries might not be as safe.

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

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)

The price is generally high

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $30

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

There were probably only less than five students who became able to communicate with Danes in Danish to some extent in the end of the year

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
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? None
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Live with host family or at folkehøjskole Make Danish friends (join sports club, etc.) Study by yourself, do not rely on DIS courses

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Other
  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Stay with host family and at folkehøjskole
  • Some of the professors
* What could be improved?
  • Workload could be lighter (except Danish)
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Some course details

Reasons For Studying Abroad

To help future students find programs attended by like-minded individuals, please choose the profile that most closely represents you.
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.'

Individual Course Reviews

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What's so funny?

Course Department:
Instructor: Dennis Meyhoff Brink
Instruction Language: English
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Sustainable Development in Northern Europe

Course Department:
Instructor: Carlos Garcia Robles
Instruction Language: English
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History of Copenhagen

Course Department: History
Instructor: Carsten Pape
Instruction Language: English
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Danish Politics & Society

Course Department: Political Science
Instructor: Martin Cleemann Rasmussen
Instruction Language: English
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Danish Language & Culture II

Course Department:
Instructor: Mette Jungersen
Instruction Language: Danish/English
Comments: Great teacher but not intensive enough
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Danish Language and Culture I

Course Department:
Instructor: Jan Aage Rasmussen
Instruction Language: English/Danish
Comments: Great teacher but not intensive enough
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Danish Design

Course Department:
Instructor: Thomas Dickson
Instruction Language: English
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20th Century European History

Course Department: History
Instructor: Peter Christensen
Instruction Language: English
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Happiness Lab

Course Department: Psychology
Instructor: Gitte Vonsild
Instruction Language: English
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Positive Psychology

Course Department: Psychology
Instructor: Kamilla Lange
Instruction Language: English
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