An amazing unforgettable experience January 16, 2019

By (Brandeis University) - abroad from 08/19/2019 to 12/09/2019 with

DIS Copenhagen: Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
A new understanding of culture, a new family and new friends, as well as a new perspective on a field that I love very much

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.

The program's classes were super interesting and managed to make a good balance in giving us the right amount of work so that we could also experience our new surroundings

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

They didn't really come into play too often but when they did they were extremely helpful

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Definitely one of (if not the number one) best part of this program. I consider my host family to be part of my own family and I will continue to maintain communication with them following this semester

* Food:

I had a great deal of access to a lot of good food!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I felt at the end that I had a basic understanding of Danish culture. Partly because of the classes I was taking, and also because of things that I did with my host family.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

This didn't really apply to me as I didn't have any health issues or concerns

* Safety:

I never once feel unsafe while on this program

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

There were so many positive aspects of this trip that would make me happily do it many times over

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)

Denmark is a lot more expensive than I was initially expecting... Luckily my lovely host family covered a great deal of the food expenses

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Take more than you'll think you nned

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

Kind of hit or miss encouragement outside of the language class

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? Use duolingo before traveling to the country

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • International Students
  • 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?
  • Housing/ host family
  • Cultural immersion and travel
  • academics
* What could be improved?
  • Stricter enforcement of learning language
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The people there are a lot friendlier than others may tell you and you'll still have to do some work for classes

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'