An experience of a lifetime December 19, 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 learned so much about other cultures, I learned about racism in other countries and about healthcare and welfare systems, and I learned how to be independent.

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I think that the classes and experiences within the classes were amazing and valuable. But the resources were not great, however I did not need any resources so it was fine.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I think that administration was great and super organized.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I did like my housing, however I had a terrible experience with the SRA. he was rude and messy and I often had to tidy up after him.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I felt very integrated into the culture, even without living with a host family. the program does a great job of this.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

The program did not help me and health care was super difficult, luckily i did not need any serious help. i didnt even have an doctor assigned to me until after i had been there for over 2 months.

* Safety:

I felt extremely safe.

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

I absolutely loved the program, loved my classes, and the people I met. I loved the field studies we did every week and especially loved my core course trip to Italy.

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)

It was very expensive to eat out no matter where you were in denmark,

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? probably 150 dollars
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Yes, eat in as much as possible, and explore places like free museums.

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

They encouraged a little bit, but it was only in one of my classes this occurred.

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? Yes, just talk in shops as much as possible to local people.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
  • 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • I liked how they gave us opportunities to travel so much
  • I loved the core course trips
  • I loved the mix of american students
* What could be improved?
  • the SRAs could be improved
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I did more research about the places I was traveling, and I wish I wasn't so afraid to spend money while traveling.

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:

Danish Language

Course Department: Danish
Instructor: Charlotte Beuck
Instruction Language: English and Danish
Comments: I found the culture part of this class so interesting, and loved the field trips, but found the teaching of the danish language to be not amazing.
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Health beyond borders

Course Department: Psychology
Instructor: Siri Tellier
Instruction Language: English
Comments: I really enjoyed this class, and found the instructors experience so interesting to the course information, I was assessed by exams and presentations and they were really helpful.
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Positive psychology

Course Department: Psychology
Instructor: Gitte Vonsild
Instruction Language: english
Comments: I loved this course, the professor was so knowledgable, and the field trips were extremely relevant. I was assessed very well to and loved to participate.
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Psychology of leadership

Course Department: Psychology
Instructor: Ivan Winther Hauser
Instruction Language: english
Comments: I did not find this course challenging, and did not find the assessments relevant to what we were learning sometimes.
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Developmental Disorders

Course Department: Psychology
Instructor: Veronica Leonova
Instruction Language: English
Comments: It was challenging, and yet extremely interesting to learn about. The teacher was great and inclusive, and made good use of field trips.
Credit Transfer Issues: I am not sure yet, but I believe it will transfer to my psychology major.