Great experience to travel December 18, 2018

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 08/18/2018 to 12/15/2018 with

DIS Copenhagen: Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I traveled a lot an got to experience living independently, like living alone and cooking for myself and budgeting. Overall I have a new sense of the world and lifestyles.

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.

More work than expected and than compared to other programs by comparison with other students abroad.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

None provided through the program, very expensive to eat in Copenhagen (groceries and restaurants).

* 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

DIS allows you to travel around very easily and frequently because of travel weeks off, travel with classes, and the possibility to create a schedule without Friday classes. It requires a lot of independent planning which can be stressful, however.

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? 120
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Shop at Netto, cook for yourself, don't buy drinks at clubs.

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? 200 level in another language. No Danish.
How many hours per day did you use the language? 0

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
* 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
  • Interesting courses
* What could be improved?
  • Meeting other DIS students
  • Extracurricular activities through the program
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The program is very large now so many people stay with the groups of kids who come from their same home school. Most people travel almost every weekend which makes it hard to meet people besides the people you live with.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Ways of Seeing: Storytelling through Photography

Course Department:
Instructor: Sanne
Instruction Language: English
Comments:
Credit Transfer Issues:
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Art in the Making

Course Department:
Instructor: Sameera
Instruction Language: English
Comments:
Credit Transfer Issues:
Course Name/Rating:

Danish Language and Culture I

Course Department:
Instructor: Jan
Instruction Language: English
Comments:
Credit Transfer Issues:
Course Name/Rating:

European Urban Experience: Why Cities Matter

Course Department:
Instructor: Regitze Hess
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Easy class but lots of wasted class time and unclear course expectations and direction.
Credit Transfer Issues:
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Social Entrepreneurship

Course Department:
Instructor: Daniel Riis
Instruction Language: English
Comments:
Credit Transfer Issues: