A Break From Reality in Copenhagen September 17, 2018

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

DIS Copenhagen: Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
The Danish culture is something to learn from in itself. The way they live their life and balance work, family, social. I have tried to integrate the concept of hygge into my life back in the U.S. This was the best experience of my life!

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.

Not as rigorous as Brandeis classes, however not joke classes. These are still courses where you need to keep up with information and actually learn.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

By the end, I got tired of meat and potatoes, but overall a great experience.

* 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

The DIS Medical Practice and Policy program was a perfect fit for me. I loved my host family, they are my second family. I constantly wanted to become an honorary Dane. Everyone was always very nice, spoke English, and appreciated whenever I tried to speak Danish to them. I always felt safe and secure.

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? $100, not including travel
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Stay with a host family!

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? 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? Practice with your host family!

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • 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?
  • Traveling for the core course
  • Integration into Danish culture
* What could be improved?
  • Orientation
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How easy it was to integrate into Danish culture and how nice and inviting all the Danes are.