I love my host family and the city so much I'll move back at some point. February 19, 2019

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 01/13/2018 to 05/06/2018 with

DIS Copenhagen: Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
My experience was definitely worthwhile in my architectural exposure outside of class and through forcing myself to expand by going abroad at all.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I was incredibly happy with my living arrangements. I lived with a host family who was so much more loving and inclusive and welcoming than I ever could have hoped for!

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

This integration came mostly from my host family instead of from the program.

* 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

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)

Some of my costs were definitely mitigated by living with a host family, namely I didn't go out very often and I packed lunch a lot.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • My host family
  • Long Study tours (mine was to sweden & finland)
  • The central location
* What could be improved?
  • The integration with danes the same age
  • The contact with the administration
  • The integration of danish outside of the danish classes
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Budget in the cost of buying a bike from their version of craigslist before going, and buy a bike right away!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Danish Language and Culture I

Course Department: Danish
Instructor: Jens Monrad
Instruction Language: English / Danish
Comments: This class wasn't too challenging and I actually really enjoyed having Jens as a professor; though some of my classmates found him awkward I found his enthusiasm for the language quite charming. Assessments (even oral quizzes) weren't too difficult or daunting.
Credit Transfer Issues: No
Course Name/Rating:

Adaptive Reuse in Europe: Cities and Buildings

Course Department: Architecture
Instructor: Eva Grell Frederiksen
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This was a wonderful architectural history class to take, it really gave me an understanding of contemporary European architecture
Credit Transfer Issues: No
Course Name/Rating:

Architecture Foundations

Course Department: Architecture
Instructor: Eva Grell Frederiksen
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This class wasn't too challenging because I had taken Intermediate Architecture at Middlebury beforehand. Middlebury failed to tell me I should have been in the higher studio, but I enjoyed being in this course.
Credit Transfer Issues: No
Course Name/Rating:

Detailing and Sustainability in Scandanavian Architecture

Course Department: Architecture
Instructor: Angela
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This class was beyond my skill level because it was heavily dependent on architecture programs I was not taught at Middlebury.
Credit Transfer Issues: No