Copenhagen was the best decision and 4 months of my life. December 18, 2018

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 08/18/2018 to 12/14/2018 with

DIS Copenhagen: Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned to immerse myself in different cultures. To understand different perspective and outlooks on the world. Very worthwhile.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The education system was challenging, but rewarding. Classes were hands-on and did not focus on lecturing. I loved it.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Administration was excellent.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My living experience was absolutely incredible. I loved my roomates and my living experience made my time abroad so much better.

* Food:

Food was incredible in copenhangen

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The Danes were very welcoming.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I did not use the healthcare system

* Safety:

I felt very safe in Copenhagen. My only advice would be to not scream or be too loud/obnoxious at night.

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

The nightlife/classes/and city was beyond what I expected.

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)

Copenhagen is expensive.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $60
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Create a budget sheet on excel and track how much money you spend on everything.

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? 0
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Practice speaking to locals.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* 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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Living situation
  • Nightlife
  • Classes
* What could be improved?
  • nothing
  • nothing
  • nothing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? To explore the city of copenhagen. Dont just leave every weekend to visit other countries.

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:

Sports Economics

Course Department: Economics
Instructor: Fredrik
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Course was not challenging. It was more of a marketing class rather than economics.
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Danish Language and Culture

Course Department: Language
Instructor: Briguette Paulsen
Instruction Language: Danish/English
Comments: The lanugage course was challenging, but manageable. The culture component to the course was interesting and let me immerse myself into the danish culture/society with ease.
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Shadow Wars

Course Department: Russian
Instructor: Martin
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Class was very cool and relevant. Martin was incredibly enthusiastic and knowledgable
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The rhetoric of Gaming

Course Department: Interdepartmental
Instructor: Iben
Instruction Language: English
Comments: The course was not challenging at all. The teacher was very knowledgable.
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Global Economics

Course Department: Economics
Instructor: Michael Heddergard
Instruction Language: English
Comments: The class was incredible. The study tours to London and various field studies to companies were super cool and informative.
Credit Transfer Issues: I have not transferred credit yet.