Denmark as My Second Home May 12, 2019

By (Health/Medical Preparatory Programs; Anthropology, Brandeis University) - abroad from 01/11/2019 to 05/12/2019 with

DIS Copenhagen: Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained another loving family (my host family) and the knowledge of another country that I could love to visit again. I know way more about Denmark than I would have if I went to another country. I have found another home and I cannot wait to go back.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I think the difficulty of the courses and the amount of time they took outside of class was ideal as they were still engaging and rigorous but weren't too time-consuming where I had time to explore the city. Also, the field studies and study tours were great components to the courses as they allowed for further learning and cultural experiences.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My host family was wonderful!!!

* Food:

Copenhagen is an expensive city but living with a host family cut down on food expenses.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I lived with a host family so I felt very integrated into the local culture; especially during parties and holiday events at the house.

* 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

Yes, I would! I learned so much (Culturally and Academically). When I look back on my semester, I have done so much and gone to a few other countries and I cannot believe it went by so quickly.

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? $5-$30
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? If you have the urge to buy something that you have the money for now but do not exactly need it, then set that money aside for abroad.

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

There are Danish classes offered (Beginner to Advanced) but the program does not require the students to take Danish. I took a Beginner Danish class as it was required by my university and I really enjoyed it.

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
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • International Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Study Tours
  • Field Studies
  • Friendly and helpful teachers
* What could be improved?
  • Communication on how to use the transportation pass
  • Better organized orientation events/activities
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That I didn't need as many clothes as I took.

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!