Copenhagen: A Danish Playground September 18, 2018

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 01/12/2018 to 05/18/2018 with

DIS Copenhagen: Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained the ability to work and do science in a international environment. I also became a very independent traveler and made livelong Danish and American friends.

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?

* 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



* 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? 800
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Utilize DIS's budget they give you for grocery shopping.


* 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

I would always use the language with my Danish friends.

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? AP Latin
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? Get to know Danish people. One of the best things I did was make many Danish friends and would force them to speak the language around me. Also, try simple things-- like ordering a coffee or ordering your food. It is a very easy way to practice the language and Danes love to hear you try.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • 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?
  • Cultural Immersion Aspect
  • DIS Classes
  • Copenhagen city culture
* What could be improved?
  • Transportation
  • Travel week accommodations
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How amazing Copenhagen and Danish people are. And how they can out party any American.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Epigenetic and the Environment

Course Department: Science
Instructor: Kristine
Instruction Language: English
Comments: She did a great job in weaving primary literature into her teaching of the concepts. Her field trips were very informative and helped with more quickly grasping her concepts.
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Danish Language and Culture I

Course Department: Danisj
Instructor: Kirsten
Instruction Language: English and Danish
Comments: She was one of the greatest teachers I have ever had in all my schooling. She made a point to get to know all her students. I spent much time with her outside of class at coffees as well as lunches. I was super passionate about learning Danish and Kirsten made the class extremely fun.
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Medical Practice and Policy

Course Department: Medical Practice and Policy
Instructor: Ulrik and Wendy
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Course provided incredible classroom teaching by real Danish doctors as well as helpful hands on exposure through hospital visits, doctor observations, surgical observations, and patient write-ups.
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